Georgia Rule

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Cary Elwes, Garrett Hedlund. Drama. Written byMark Andrus. Directed by Garry Marshall.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Rebellious teenager Rachel (Lohan) is taken by her mother to stay with her grandmother. It becomes apparent quickly that these are all members of a dysfunctional family. Granny is distant, moms an alcohol who hates her mother, and the little rebel is promiscuous and reveals that her stepfather began sexually abusing her when she was twelve.

Is this true or is the teenager making up the story to get back at her mother? You have to stick around to the end, putting up with incessant bad behavior before learning the truth. The film has all three women revealing family secrets before they bond and find redemption.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Incest is at the core of this production. Its hinted at, not just with Rachel and her step-dad, but it is also ever-so slightly implied that the dead grandpa may have been a child abuser, as well. Its kind of an R-rated Lifetime for Women movie you know, where men are bad and woman are confused.

While the arts should be used to explore human relationships and expose wrongdoings, incest is a difficult subject to sit through on a date, while eating popcorn. And though the actresses do a nice job, and it is witty with occasional insight, how many films do we have to sit through where quirky and dysfunctional families are the source of comic and melodramatic strife? In the last two years, weve been subjected to family strife in countless theatrical releases, including Babel, Click, Deck the Halls, Firehouse Dog, Flicka, A Good Year, Keeping Mum, Little Miss Sunshine, Miss Potter, Nanny McPhee, Pearl Diver, The Quiet, Running with Scissors, RV, Santa Claus 3, The Shaggy Dog, Madeas Family Reunion, Winter Passing, Are We Done Yet?, Because I Said So, Curse of the Golden Flower, Daddys Little Grils, Disturbia, The Ex, In the Land of Women, The Lookout, The Last Sin Eater, Norbit, TMNT, The Ultimate Gift and Vacancy. Enough with the family strife, already. Hollywood, lets get another genre to beat to death. How about comic book superheroes? Oh, right.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Graphic sexual discussions.

Obscene Language: Five or six obscene words the s- and f-words, mostly from the Lindsey Lohan character.

Profanity: At lest three profane uses of Gods name, along with the expression oh my God several times.

Violence: A woman hits a man with a ball bat.

Sex: There are several sexual innuendos; a young woman removes her panties, revealing herself to another actor; she gets the religious young man, a virgin, to touch her; we later learn she performed oral sex; the young man feels guilty.

Nudity: We do not see the nudity in this scene, but one scene is very sexually suggestive. Brief topless scene.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: There are many conversations about sex, including incest.

Drugs: A woman is an alcoholic, we see her drunk several times; this is not meant to glorify drinking, but rather show the destructiveness of abusive drinking.

Other: The sexuality in the film seemed more suited for an R-rating.

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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