This is the film in which all the stories of Lindsay Lohan's partying ways started to surface. There was even that letter sent to her chastising her about coming late to the set. Well, I don't know what went on, but I can tell you that the quality of the film has nothing to do with Miss Lohan's lateness or partying. Even if she had went straight home after a days work and was in bed by 10 o'clock that would not have saved the film.
Part way through this film you begin to realize that it has an identity crisis. Is it a comedy or is it a drama? Let this be a lesson to veteran director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Raising Helen) that he should stick to comedy as he is quite ham handed with drama. It wavers between the two genres and suffers as a result. Not to say that a drama cannot have a few laughs, but neither genre is done well in this film. The idea behind the film is an interesting one with the three generations of women of the same family each being dysfunctional in their own way. In the end, the only reason to see the film is Jane Fonda's performance. I have to say that I am glad that she is making films again as she is a great actress. She really proves that in this film as she steals every scene she is in and with her performance makes the material seem almost better than it is. Lindsay Lohan and Felicity Huffman seem at times awkward in their roles, which leaves Jane holding the bag and at times it is a bag of egg salad sandwich gone bad. The story becomes predictable and dull in the latter part and that is unfortunate because it is about a serious subject. It is too bad that the film did not add up to the sum of its parts as the three women in it are all capable actresses and interesting people.
What kind of mother would leave her teenaged daughter out on the freeway with no means to get anywhere? A mother who has been pushed to the brink by her daughter's misbehaviour is the answer. Lily (Felicity Huffman – from television's Desperate Housewives) is at her wits ends with her daughter Rachel (Lindsay Lohan – Bobby, Herbie Fully Loaded). Rachel has brought a new meaning to the term rebellious teenager as she has drank, stolen, done drugs, and lied herself silly. Just before Rachel is to go off to college Lily decides that the best thing for Rachel would be to spend the summer with her grandmother, Georgia (Jane Fonda – On Golden Pond, Monster-In-Law). Now Georgia is not your stereotypical plump, grey-haired, cake-baking granny. In fact, Lily cannot stand her own mother, but believes that Georgia's brand of strict discipline is just what the doctor ordered for Rachel.
-The Women of Georgia Rule
-On the Set with Garry Marshall