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AP Critic Savages Lohan's 'Georgia Rule'


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When the first sentence has the word Gigli in it, that's a really, really bad sign of things to come. It wasn't but a few days ago that Lindsay Lohan was raving to the media about how she was a serious actress, and she wanted respect for it, and she wants it today.

It looks like she'll have to wait until after Georgia Rule passes through the theaters and out of somebody's bowels, though.

That's partly because it's as epically awful as that notorious 2003 bomb starring the artist formerly known as Bennifer. Primarily, though, it's because Lohan's well-documented off-camera antics are such a distraction, as Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's were, it's impossible to become engrossed in the film.

That's a bit of a cheap shot, if you can't ignore what an actress did during production enough to let you fall into the movie, you either are being unreasonably biased and obtuse. I think her actions on the set were ridiculous and I'd have kicked her off production had it happened more than once, but if you can't let that go when watching the flick in the theater, you've got a personal grudge going and you probably shouldn't be writing movie reviews.

Although she shares the screen with acting heavyweights Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, Lohan is the one who, for better and worse, grabs our attention. Strutting around a small Idaho town in oversized aviator sunglasses, stylish off-the-shoulder tops, skinny jeans and wedges, her party-girl character Rachel looks, sounds and acts like ... well, like Lindsay Lohan.
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The massively contrived script comes from Mark Andrus (an Oscar nominee for "As Good As It Gets" who also wrote the treacly "Life As a House" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"), which Garry Marshall directs with a surprising lack of tonal focus for such a veteran. "Georgia Rule" is all over the place, veering awkwardly between high physical comedy and dark family drama. Both extremes are cringe-inducing.

Too often it plays like a sitcom about three generations of eccentric women, complete with jaunty little musical interludes as segues between scenes - except that its plot revolves around an allegation of sexual abuse. Good times.

The lesson to be learned here for Lindsay Lohan is to do a better job picking films, because this was obviously going to stink from the outset. The subsequent courses on how to act professional on set and not sharing something in common with your characters when it's something like drug abuse can come later. First, that girl has got to get an agent that can tell the difference between book material, and career shakers.

This review though is pushing things a bit far. There is an audience out there for this type of flick and to assume it turned into a snoozer by accident isn't really fair when the writer has a history of doing this -- I guess -- on purpose.

I suspect this is more of an opportunity for critics to take shots at Lohan. She wants respect but refuses to earn it, and she's going to take her licks for that from the press, and from her co-workers. Fonda was none to pleased with her on-set antics and has been very vocal about it.

The way to clean that up isn't to convince entertainment reporters that you're serious, it's to act serious by keeping your mouth shut and letting your work speak for you.

If Lohan wasn't already rich and living a responsibility free life from her singing, she'd be waiting tables right now begging for casting calls five times a day, or still stuck in film school more likely. There is a key difference to be had here. Singing takes talent and effort and all that, but you're either born with a good voice, or you aren't. Lindsay was which gave her an automatic leg up on everyone else in life.

Acting doesn't come free, and neither does respect. If she can't grow up, then her best days are sadly behind her.

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May 9, 2007, 10:23:00 AM
Just to add to your thoughts, if you can't focus on the movie because of Lohan's filming antics...maybe the movie is just that bad that your mind has time to ramble........but if that's not the case..then seperate your hatred for one actress to give the movie and the other "serious" actors/actresses a chance. Lohan keeps going with her "antics" whe will soon find that she has to rely on that pretty voice because she won't get any acting jobs. Next stop: PORN


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