Georgia Rule

Critics Consensus

Comedic and dramatic in all the wrong places, Georgia Rule is a confused dramedy that wastes the talents of its fine cast.

18%

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Total Count: 117

52%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 421,198
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Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, and Lindsay Lohan star in director Garry Marshall's tale of a rebellious young woman who is sent to spend the summer with her grandmother when her frustrated mother fails to find a means of curbing her unruly behavior. Rachel (Lohan) is an out-of-control teen whose reckless drinking, foul mouth, and hysterical fits have become a constant source of embarrassment for her long-suffering mother, Lily (Huffman). When Rachel crashes her car, Lily determines that the only way to tame her savage daughter is to take her as far away from San Francisco as possible. Though Lily had once sworn never to return to the Idaho farm presided over by her demanding mother, Georgia (Jane Fonda), desperation has a funny way of dulling the pains of the past, and it's not long before Lily is packing Rachel in the car and setting out for potato country. Contrary to the common image of the sweet and doting grandmother, Georgia is a stern matriarch whose beliefs in the power of God and a hard day's work stand in stark contrast to the carefree lifestyle of the tempestuous Rachel. An interesting thing happens as the summer wears on, though; despite her initial efforts to disrupt the quiet Mormon community, Rachel's rage is gradually tempered as she learns the value of structure and responsibility. Later, as Rachel's protective walls begin to crumble and she begins to embrace compassion and kindness, the doors are opened for three generations of family to confront the long-buried secrets of their past and finally move forward in the healing process.

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Cast

Jane Fonda
as Georgia
Dermot Mulroney
as Simon Ward
Cary Elwes
as Arnold
Tereza Stanislav
as Violin Teacher
Cynthia Ferrer
as Townie No. 2
Lauren McLaughlin
as Momron Lauren
Mandy Medlin
as Mormon Mandy
Katherine Helms
as Drummer Girl
Anna White
as Choir Leader
Cassie Rowell
as Potato Queen
Thomas Henry
as Accordion Player
Rance Howard
as Dog Bite Man
Shea Curry
as Pig Owner Melody
Scott Marshall
as Man Kissing Dog
Cat Stock
as Girl with Rabbit
Barbara Marshall
as Store Owner
Adreana Betan
as Izzy's Niece
Timothy Henning
as Liquor Store Owner
Sarah Lilly
as Pregnant Cat Woman
Christine Lakin
as Grace Cunningham
Chelse Swain
as June Smith
Beth Kennedy
as Fat Dog Owner
Sandra Denise
as Baby's Mama
Fred Applegate
as Townie No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Georgia Rule

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (34)

  • The confused script trades in such heavy topics as alcoholism and child sexual abuse, but every dramatic scene plays like one of those schmaltzy Happy Days moments that inevitably drew a big 'Awwwwww!' from the studio audience.

    Dec 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Time for a new book by Jane Fonda, and this time I expect a full chapter on how she got snookered into doing Georgia Rule.

    May 16, 2007

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Director Garry Marshall has too much confidence that he can match the weighty issues here with the light comedy. He can't. Or at least he can't with this cast.

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: D

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The central problem with the movie isn't that it deals with several hot-button topics, but that it addresses them with a shocking lack of emotional honesty.

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 1/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • You'd think that decree No. 1 for a movie about rules would be to know exactly what kind of picture you're making and selling. Georgia Rule fails that basic test, and a whole lot of other ones besides.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Georgia Rule

  • Aug 11, 2010
    Come for a comedy, stay for an afterschool special. Despite its slap-sticky trailer and one-liner strewn ad campaign, Georgia Rule is neither a dramatic comedy nor a romantic comedy nor a family comedy. Come to think of it, despite the usually steady hand of erstwhile female-centric comedy director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries), even the few intentionally funny moments are about as laugh-out-loud as a public hanging. If there were a genre capable of pigeonholing this insipid preachy hogwash, however, it would most certainly be ‘Dramatic-awfully.’ To group this insultingly cloying film in with the accepted canon of ‘chick flicks’ (Beaches, Steel Magnolias) would be to set the feminist movement back by a millennium. In this surprisingly austere PG-13-rated drama, a frustrated mother (Felicity Huffman) takes her uncontrollable daughter (Lohan) to the one place she swore she would never return…her domineering mother’s (Fonda) Idaho farm. Drinking and language and rape—oh my! For argument’s sake, let us imagine that the consensus of filmgoers walked into the theater oblivious to the fact that the movie poster adorning their theater featured three movie stars happy-go-luckily grinning from ear-to-ear. Open to the possibility of watching a drama, any audience would certainly entertain the strains of the rather serious themes addressed in Georgia Rule, right? Of course…only the murky plotting and forceful character development crocheted between the comedic moments makes for one mess of a mosaic that unintentionally makes light of its dark undercurrents. Think: the historic abortion episode of Maude but with pratfalls. Bottom line: As laugh-out-loud as a public hanging.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2010
    There isnt any doubt that Lindsay Lohan is attractive... But if she is like in this movies, I wont say yes if she asking me for a date.
    Dedy N C Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    The 3 generations of women end up living under the same roof for a summer and things get very tense. They each have their personal problems and are trying to work them out. In this mormon country, the youngest (Lohan) is considered to be the beautiful foreign girl which turns all guys heads. Her mother (Huffman) is yet to work on her dead-end relationship. And her grandmother (Fonda) is the one making the important decisions. They come together to develope a good bond which makes them stronger as a family. This movie is a must-see.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2009
    no-one should have to admit that theyve seen this... and i never will! .... uh i mean... i never will see it..yea
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer

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