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(2007), R R*] (1hr 45min)

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May 5, 2007
October 21, 2007

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2007), R [R*] ... I like them even less now.

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.

Impudence/Hate (I)
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.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
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.

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murders or suicides were noted.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • 2Tim. 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [the vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Mal. 4:1 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Prov. 15:20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. [The "son" and "man" is the offspring which includes the daughter.]
  • Prov. 20:20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. ["A man" is a child of. The issue is not gender but is hateful talk and profaning the parent.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can morally "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and display are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to sexuality, sexual deeds, nudity and the private parts clothed or not, seen or not, is sexual.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Georgia Rule (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault
  • assault with bat
  • fight

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • twelve uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, seven times by a teen
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • daughter sass at mother, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly
  • claiming licentious lifestyle is acceptable, better
  • teen insolence/arrogance at fair authority, repeatedly
  • tale of child sexual abuse
  • acting as though lying is acceptable & necessary
  • haughtiness, repeatedly
  • planning to lie
  • "It's not fair" to have to pay consequences
  • daughter hatred of mother, repeatedly
  • name-calling

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • inappropriate touch
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, frequent
  • lie about sexual matter
  • teen girl accusing teen boy of being "gay" because he would not look at her legs
  • exhibitionism, frequent
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly
  • exposure to below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • adolescent stimulation
  • sex talk between teens, repeatedly
  • teen girl teasing/enticing teen boy sexually, trying to break his purity
  • man/woman in bed making out
  • admission of teen oral sex as if it were a minute favor
  • treating immoral sex as if it were as significant as a sneeze
  • talk of child sexual abuse focusing on sexual elements
  • offer of cohabitation for sex
  • woman standing nude before young boys
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • young boy handing coat to nude woman
  • teen boy yielding sexually to immoral sexual advances by teen girl
  • sexual threat
  • offer of sex by teen girl to manipulate
  • teen girl attempt to seduce an adult male

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive three times and four times without it
  • treating God's moral standards about sex as an inconvenience and boring
  • belittlement of faith and prayer

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    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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