Georgia Rule

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Georgia Rule
Georgia rule.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by James G. Robinson
Peter Guber
Written by Mark Andrus
Starring Lindsay Lohan
Jane Fonda
Felicity Huffman
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited by Bruce Green
Tara Timpone
Morgan Creek Productions
Mandalay Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 2007 (2007-05-11)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $24,991,167

Georgia Rule is a 2007 American drama film directed by Garry Marshall. The film stars Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, with supporting cast Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund and Cary Elwes. The original music score was composed by John Debney. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, but, the lead cast was praised for their performances.


Rebellious 17-years-old Rachel screams, drugs, drinks, fights with everyone and has sex with several boys; she is, in a word, uncontrollable. With her latest car crash, Rachel has broken the final rule in her mother Lily's San Francisco home. With nowhere else to take the impulsive and rambunctious girl, Lily hauls her daughter to the one place she swore she'd never return—her own mother's house in Idaho. Matriarch Georgia lives her life by a number of unbreakable rules—God comes first, and hard work comes a very close second—and wants that anyone who shares her home do the same. Now saddled with raising the young woman, it requires each patient breath she takes to understand Rachel's fury.

Georgia arranges a job for Rachel as the office girl of Dr. Simon Ward, the local veterinarian, who also unofficially treats people. His two nephews Sam and Ethan are often at Georgia's house. Simon does not show interest in Rachel or other women, so she thinks he is gay. However, Simon's sister Paula reveals that he is still mourning the death of his wife and son who were killed in a car collision three years earlier. He refuses to have sex with Rachel even when she tries to seduce him, but feels some passion for her mother Lily, whom he has dated in the past.

Rachel performs oral sex on Harlan Wilson, who, not yet being married, was still a virgin because of his LDS (Mormon) religion. He confesses to his LDS girlfriend, who is shocked. A team of LDS girls spy on Harlan to make sure he does not "have sex" again. After almost running them over with Harlan's truck, Rachel explains to them that what happened was over and that they can go back to having their summer fun. They agree to do so, but they tell Rachel to go home, leading Rachel to threaten them by saying if they have anything to do with her and Harlan again she will find all of their boyfriends and "fuck them stupid", at which point they stop insulting her and stop spying on Harlan.

While trying to make a point to Simon about survival, Rachel bluntly says that her stepfather Arnold sexually molested her from the time she was 12 until she turned 14. Seeing the effect of her revelation, Rachel tries to convince him she lied. However, Simon tells Georgia about the abuse, and Georgia tells Lily, who thinks Rachel is lying. Heartbroken, Lily comes to believe her daughter, begins to drink heavily and asks Arnold for a divorce.

When Arnold arrives, Georgia tells him to leave, and refuses to allow him in the house. Finally, she forces him to leave by hitting him with a baseball bat; when he still refuses to leave the property, she threatens to hit his new red Ferrari. Rachel sees that Lily cannot accept the truth, and lies to her about being molested.

At the motel where Arnold is staying Rachel tells him that she has a video tape of the two having sex when she was 14, and Arnold seems worried. Rachel demands $10 million if he does not keep Lily happy. She admits to him that she told Lily lies because she does not want her to be upset anymore. On the way back to San Francisco Arnold tells Lily that he is giving Rachel his Ferrari, and Lily realizes that he is guilty.

Lily starts a raging argument/attack and Arnold finally admits to having molested Rachel numerous times, using the excuse that Rachel seduced him, Lily's alcoholism drove him to it and that Rachel enjoyed it. so Arnold drives off, leaving Lily to walk home. Georgia, Simon, Rachel, and Harlan catch up with Lily in Harlan's pick-up truck and a tearful Rachel apologizes for her behavior. Harlan tells Georgia that he is in love with Rachel and plans to marry her when he gets back from his two-year mission.



Ostensibly set in Idaho, per the ending credits and DVD extras, the film was actually shot in Southern California, and much of the scenery was created with CGI.


Georgia Rule was panned by critics. The film earned a Rotten rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes, with a score of 17%.[2] The film also had a low rating on Metacritic with a score of 25, which means Generally Negative Reviews.[3] Georgia Rule was rated the #2 worst movie of 2007 by AOL.[4] The movie received "two thumbs down" from Ebert and Roeper, with the guest critic calling it "Lindsay Lohan's Gigli" (many critics would compare Lohan's following star vehicle, I Know Who Killed Me, to Gigli) and "a sitcom about sexual abuse".


The film received nominations at the TCA. The film received 2 nominations for Choice Movie - Chick Flick and Choice Actress - Drama for Lohan's performance. Felicity Huffman received a Prism Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film.

Year Ceremony Award Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie - Chick Flick Nominated
Choice Award for Choice Actress - Drama: Lindsay Lohan Nominated

Home media[edit]

Georgia Rule was released on DVD on September 4, 2007.


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