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(2007), R R*] (1hr 45min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Morgan Creek Productions, Trust M
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Producer(s): Michael Besman, Guy McElwaine, Kevin Reidy, David C. Robinson, James G. Robinson, Bonnie Timmermann
Written by: Mark Andrus
Cinematography/Camera: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Bruce Green, Tara Timpone
Casting: Pam Dixon
Production Design: Albert Brenner
Art Direction: Norman Newberry, Scott Zuber
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
San Franciscan Lilly (Felicity Huffman), mother of 17 year old Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) is so frustrated with Rachel's flippant disobedience, arrogance and disrespect that Lilly forces Rachel to spend the summer with Rachel's grandmother, Georgia (Jane Fonda) whom Lilly has not seen for 13 years. The hopes are that Georgia's stern and morally sound standards (most of them anyway) will kindle the same in Rachel.
Georgia is not one to tolerate an attitude: a tough-love subscriber. About 20 miles from Georgia's home in Hull, Idaho Rachel has an attitude attack, jumps out of her mother's car and decides to walk -- and that is precisely what Lilly let her do. Simon (Dermot Mulroney), the local veterinarian picks up Rachel. Together they eventually reach Georgia's home. There the fur flies almost immediately. And most of it is Rachel's fur. Georgia fires Rachel's argumentative bullets right back at her with a caliber such as "For a smart girl you're good at stupid."
Part of Rachel's behavioral modification treatment plan is to work for a change. Rachel becomes Simon's receptionist. As Rachel starts her treatment plan, she launches her campaign to influence all the locals in the "better" ways of the big city. One of the subjects of her campaign is Harlan (Garrett Hedlund), a local teen, Mormon by faith. Harlan is preparing to serve in a missionary for two years. Harlan has a noble heart and moral standards that would make a Saint proud. He is pure and unviolated. But Rachel is about to change that in symptomatic servitude to her "gotta do something wrong and get away with it" character.
On a fishing trip with Harlan, Rachel seduces him. Rachel is one who subscribes to the amoral "if it feels good do it" lifestyle. The episode, though not visually graphic is particularly nasty. Rachel is clearly a sexually arrogant, never-at-fault brat. If what the entertainment news reports say is true about Lohan, what an easy role for her.
Soon, we find out why Rachel has chosen such a licentious set of standards. Rachel's stepfather Arnold (Cary Elwes) had been molesting Rachel since she was 12 years old. At least, that is Rachel's claim. Is she telling the truth or is she trying to manipulate things to absolve herself of accountability for her behavioral choices and make her mother suffer in the process? Are teens in Hollywood productions ever held accountable for their own choices? Of course not. Might give them a complex or something.
In keeping with Hollywood's apparent belief that redemption, a noble destination, excuses an ignoble path to it, Rachel is "cured" in the end and becomes a responsible and humble young professional. So feeble is this part of the production that when Rachel is required to show penitence, it fails.
Lohan was a quality actress in films such as (no alliteration intended) Parent Trap with apparently good moral standards. But as is unfortunate with many young starlets, Lohan went morally downhill. I'm sure somebody "took her by the hand" as she started down that morally downhill trek but at some point she made an independent decision to stay on that path. I didn't like Lohan's choices of behaviors before Georgia Rule. I like them even less now.
But the film is rated R and has a right to attack wholesome standards by saying whatever it wants to say, right? Who sez? The Freedom of Speech has nothing to do with public profanity or vulgarity. At least the original clause does not. It took ten ex-hippies in long robes, whom might be envisioned as children with police hats and whistles with oh-so stern scowls on their little faces while glaring through their eyebrows in arrogant defiance of morality, to corrupt the foundational purity of the Freedom of Speech with "enlightenment and diversity." By the way, the Freedom of Speech, even as corrupted ... er ... amended, does not give the right to sin.
This is an R-rated film. Do Christians not watch R-rated films? If you think they don't, ask a few patrons of a Sunday afternoon showing of an R-rated film how many went to church that morning. You'd best be careful if you do because you may get punched since everyone nowadays has the freedom to interpret the Scriptures any way s/he pleases to excuse his/her quest for personal lifestyle choices such as what they choose as entertainment, replying heavily on what they perceive to be ambiguity. I guess that would be man's First Amendment to the Bible. About that "ambiguity" in His Word. Our inability to grasp the meaning of something in the Bible is not a revelation that the Bible is unclear, contradictory or inconsistent, but is a matter of our perception of it. In other words, there is nothing unclear about what God tells us. But since some of His statements do not fit some of our expectations, we attempt to make His Word suit our understanding, which distorts our perception of the Truth. (I could go a lot of places with this, but won't ... yet).
Are not all underage minor children restricted from viewing R-rated films? If so, then why do I see so many underage children viewing such films? A Lows Theater trivia slide revealed that more than half of all moviegoers are non-adult. And our own study, Where's the G!?: Special Report -003 revealed that more than half of all feature length non-cartoon films made available to the general public are rated R. You do the math. And I wonder why it is that almost all films that win awards are rated R?
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Georgia Rule is not particularly violent nor does it contain much criminal behavior. Assaults and fighting is about all there is to the violence/crime content. But do please do not let that give you comfort about this film. Read on.
Twelve times some form of the three/four letter word vocabulary is uttered, seven times by a teen and with an air of doing so making her think she is all "growed up." And the most foul of the foul words is heard twice. [Col. 3:8] But the biggest parameter to cause point loss was the arrogance and impudence [Isa. 13:11], acting as though lying is acceptable and necessary [Rev. 21:8], claiming the licentious life is better [Mal. 4:1], teen "back-talk" and other forms of arrogance toward fair authority repeatedly, display of hatred of the mother by the daughter [Exod. 20:12, Prov. 15:20, Prov. 20:20], the "it's not fair" to have to pay consequences rationale [2Tim. 2:5], more. [Ps. 12:8]
Sexual Immorality (S)
Teen talk of oral sex as if it was a "teeny" favor. A teen girl teasing and enticing a teen boy to have sex to sensually "enlighten" him to the "better" life of sexual promiscuity. A teen girl accusing a teen boy of being "gay" because he would not look at her legs. Exposure to below navel skin threatening to expose that which follows repeatedly. Excessive breast exposure. An adolescent erection. A female standing nude before young boys. A lot more. [Gal. 5:19, 1 John 2:26] All this is in store if you think you can stomach such a flick.
This film might try to show how not to behave by demonstrating the bad behavior then attempting to tack on a few seconds of "redemption" but all too often demonstrating bad behavior to teach how not to behave teaches how to not behave.
The usuals of a teen flick with an "R" stamp -- smoking, booze, drinking, drunkenness.
Offense to God (O)
God's name is used in vain seven times, three times with the four letter expletive and four times without it. [Deut. 5:11] Further, Georgia Rule treats God's moral standards and faith in Him and His Word as inconveniences and boring. Prayer is a joke to the writers. Apparently.
No murders or suicides were noted.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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