July 16, 2010...3:44 pm

Defending Bad Movies: Georgia Rule

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Regardless of whether or not you think she deserves what she’s getting, Lindsay Lohan must be feeling pretty rotten these days and I can’t help but to feel a little sympathetic, even if it’s just the slightest bit. So, in honor of Lohan’s downfall, while everyone else is knocking the once promising actress, I’m going to give her a little credit. In fact, I’ll do so for a film that not only marked the starting point of her demise, but one that got universally panned as well, Georgia Rule.

The film stars Lohan as Rachel Wilcox, a rotten city kid who’s sent to spend the summer with her grandmother, Georgia (Jane Fonda), in hopes it’ll straighten her out. Rachel’s mother, Lilly (Felicity Huffman), may let her get away with misbehaving at home, but at Georgia’s Idaho abode, things are different and Rachel must abide by “Georgia Rule.” When Rachel isn’t getting her mouth washed out with soap, she’s either working at the vet Simon’s (Dermot Mulroney) office or trying to corrupt the local golden boy Harlan (Garrett Hedlund). Rachel manages to squeeze by committing only a handful of atrocities until one of her stories takes things a bit too far. When Rachel tells Simon her mother’s boyfriend molested her, he tells Georgia who tells Rachel’s mother who returns to Idaho to straighten things out during which the harbored frustrations between three generations boil over.

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