Georgia Rule (2007)

R | 113 mins | Comedy-drama | 11 May 2007

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Director:

Garry Marshall

Writer:

Mark Andrus

Producer:

David Robinson

Cinematographer:

Karl Walter Lindenlaub

Production Designer:

Albert Brenner

Production Company:

Morgan Creek
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HISTORY

End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Jeopardy! courtesy of Sony Pictures Television; 'Led Zeppelin' merchandise provided by courtesy of Bravado International Group Merchandising Services Inc." Producers thank the following organizations and individuals in the end credits: City of Monrovia; City of Santa Paula; Fillmore & Western Railway; USDA Forest Service, Angeles Crest Forest; Jon Gordon; and Barbara Sue Wells. End credits also include the following dedication: “In memory of Joseph F. Reidy, Wilma Genetti, and Jerry Belson.”
       A 20 Apr 2006 DV news item announced that Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, and Felicity Huffman were attached to star in the film to be directed by Garry Marshall, and Morgan Creek was in negotiations to produce and finance the project. Although an Aug 2006 start date was mentioned, 11 Jul 2006 HR production charts reported that principal photography began 11 Jun 2006. As stated in production notes in AMPAS library files, Southern CA filming locations included Monrovia, Santa Paula, Chatsworth, Franklin Canyon Lake, Mount Wilson, and Stage 7 at Hollywood’s Sunset & Gower Studios.
       According to news items in the 29 Jul 2006 LAT, 31 Jul 2006 HR and 1 Aug 2006 LAT, producer James G. Robinson sent a letter to Lindsay Lohan at her Chateau Marmont hotel room, accusing the actress of lying about illness and fatigue to excuse her frequent tardiness and failures to come to set, which had cost the production “hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.” Robinson claimed that Lohan was “acting like a spoiled child” and blamed “heavy partying” for her absenteeism. In response, Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloan Zelnick, stated that Lohan suffered ... More Less

End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Jeopardy! courtesy of Sony Pictures Television; 'Led Zeppelin' merchandise provided by courtesy of Bravado International Group Merchandising Services Inc." Producers thank the following organizations and individuals in the end credits: City of Monrovia; City of Santa Paula; Fillmore & Western Railway; USDA Forest Service, Angeles Crest Forest; Jon Gordon; and Barbara Sue Wells. End credits also include the following dedication: “In memory of Joseph F. Reidy, Wilma Genetti, and Jerry Belson.”
       A 20 Apr 2006 DV news item announced that Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, and Felicity Huffman were attached to star in the film to be directed by Garry Marshall, and Morgan Creek was in negotiations to produce and finance the project. Although an Aug 2006 start date was mentioned, 11 Jul 2006 HR production charts reported that principal photography began 11 Jun 2006. As stated in production notes in AMPAS library files, Southern CA filming locations included Monrovia, Santa Paula, Chatsworth, Franklin Canyon Lake, Mount Wilson, and Stage 7 at Hollywood’s Sunset & Gower Studios.
       According to news items in the 29 Jul 2006 LAT, 31 Jul 2006 HR and 1 Aug 2006 LAT, producer James G. Robinson sent a letter to Lindsay Lohan at her Chateau Marmont hotel room, accusing the actress of lying about illness and fatigue to excuse her frequent tardiness and failures to come to set, which had cost the production “hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.” Robinson claimed that Lohan was “acting like a spoiled child” and blamed “heavy partying” for her absenteeism. In response, Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloan Zelnick, stated that Lohan suffered from dehydration and overheating during the shoot and was recently admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Production notes acknowledged that weather was extremely hot during filming, sometimes reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit. However, after receiving Robinson’s letter and with six weeks remaining in the shooting schedule, Lohan returned to set and was arriving on time, according to the 1 Aug 2006 LAT.
       Critical reception was largely negative. Although several reviews, including the 9 May 2007 HR, 11 May 2007 LAT, and 11 May 2007 NYT, lauded the lead performances by Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, and Lohan, the film’s attempt at mixing dark material with lighthearted charm was deemed a failure. LAT criticized “big tonal swings,” while HR stated, “The more Marshall sugarcoats those jagged emotional edges with homey small-town humor, the more uncomfortably unconvincing the film becomes.”
       A 31 Aug 2007 LADN article reported that the film took in $20 million in box-office receipts, making it a commercial disappointment. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Apr 2006
p. 1, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 2006.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 2006
p. 4, 29.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 2007.
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Los Angeles Daily News
31 Aug 2007
Section B, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
29 Jul 2006
Section E, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
1 Aug 2006.
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Los Angeles Times
11 May 2007
p. 4.
New York Times
11 May 2007
p. 12.
Variety
14 May 2007
p. 46.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Simon's office:
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Morgan Creek Presents
James G. Robinson Presents
A Film by Garry Marshall
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Prod/Pres
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
A cam op/Steadicam
B cam op
1st asst A cam
1st asst B cam
2d asst A cam
2d asst B cam
Cam loader
Libra head tech
Libra head tech
Video assist
Cam prod asst
Chief lighting
Asst chief lighting
Dimmer board op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Rigging chief lighting
Rigging asst chief lighting
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
A dolly grip
A dolly grip
B dolly grip
Grip
Key rigging grip
Rigging grip best boy
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Super Technocrane
Super Technocrane
Super Technocrane
Super Technocrane
Electrix
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Lighting equip by
Film stock
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Story board artist
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Ed prod asst
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set des
Set dec
Leadman
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dec coord
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const gen foreman
Labor foreman
Paint supv
Paint foreman
Plaster foreman
Toolman
Paint gang boss
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Carpenter
Laborer
Laborer
Standby painter
Greens foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Asst cost des
Key cost
Key cost
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus ed
Mus performed by
Mus cond
Score rec and mixed by
ProTools eng
Addl eng
Addl eng
Orch
Mus score coord
Score prod supv
Mus copyist
Orch contractor
Orch contractor
Scoring stage mgr
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Utility sd
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR supv
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
ADR rec
Post prod sd services
Opt sd negative by
Dolby consultant
DTS consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Visual eff and rear screen projection
Visual eff and rear screen projection, Illusion Ar
Digital eff provided by
Digital eff prod
Digital compositor
Digital compositor
Digital compositor
Data management
Digital artist
Digital artist, The Outfit
Digital artist
Titles by
MAKEUP
Dept head make-up
Jane Fonda's make-up
Lindsay Lohan's make-up
Felicity Huffman's make-up
Dept head hair
Dept head hair
Jane Fonda's hair
Lindsay Lohan's hair
Felicity Huffman's hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Prod supv
Post prod supv
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc coord
Loc scout
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
Const accountant
2d asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Exec asst to Garry Marshall
Asst to Garry Marshall
Asst to Garry Marshall
Asst to James G. Robinson
Asst to James G. Robinson
Asst to Kevin Reidy
Exec asst to Jane Fonda
Asst to Jane Fonda
Asst to Jane Fonda
Asst to Lindsay Lohan
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Script typist
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extras casting, Headquarters Casting
Extras casting, Headquarters Casting
Voice casting
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation office mgr
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Animal wrangler
Set medic
Studio nurse
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Caterer
Craft service
Craft service
Product placement coord
Clearance coord
Prod financing provided by
Prod financing provided by
Completion bond provided by
Scr supv, 2d unit
Prod services
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Digital intermediate services
A Kodak Company
Digital intermediate col
Col science
Digital intermediate project mgr
Digital intermediate project mgr
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Beautiful Disaster," written by Jamie Houston and Jon McLaughlin, performed by Jon McLaughlin, courtesy of Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Beyond The Horizon," written and performed by Bob Dylan, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
"The Fatalist," written by Ben Trokan, Morgan King, Steven Mercado, performed by Robbers on High Street, courtesy of New Line Records, a division of New LIne Productions, Inc.
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SONGS
"Beautiful Disaster," written by Jamie Houston and Jon McLaughlin, performed by Jon McLaughlin, courtesy of Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Beyond The Horizon," written and performed by Bob Dylan, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
"The Fatalist," written by Ben Trokan, Morgan King, Steven Mercado, performed by Robbers on High Street, courtesy of New Line Records, a division of New LIne Productions, Inc.
"A Lovely Day," written and performed by Donovan Frankenreiter, courtesy of Lost Highway Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Measure Of Grace," written by Chris Westlake, performed by Chris Westlake and Bryan Landers
"Extraordinary," written by Mandy Moore, Deb Talen, Steve Tannen, performed by Mandy Moore, courtesy of Firm Music
"Face Down," written by Ronnie Winter, performed by Red Jumpsuit Aparatus, courtesy of Virgin Records America under license from EMI Film & Television Music
"How Come," written by Raycharles Jack LaMontagne, performed by Ray LaMontagne, courtesy of RCA Records Label, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
"Born In The 70's," written and performed by Ed Harcourt, courtesy of EMI Records Ltd/Astralwerks Records
"I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out," written and performed by Elliott Smith, courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
"Broken Sky," written by Andrew Dorfman and Rob Laufer, performed by Rob Laufer
"Horse In The Sky," written by Chris and Thomas, John Debney, performed by Chris and Thomas, courtesy of Boar Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
11 May 2007
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 11 May 2007
Production Date:
began 11 June 2006 in Southern CA
Copyright Claimant:
Morgan Creek
Copyright Date:
11 May 2007
Copyright Number:
PA1375531
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby® Digital; dts®; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses; Prints [by] Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
113
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
43360
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Near the Idaho state border, Lilly Wilcox tries to coax her teenaged daughter, Rachel, back into the car but gives up and drives away. Arriving in Hull, Idaho, Lilly goes to the home of her mother, Georgia Randall, and explains that she left Rachel on the side of the road. Meanwhile, Rachel catches a ride into town with Dr. Simon Ward and tries to seduce him to no avail. Although Georgia has agreed to look after Rachel for the summer, Lilly and Georgia’s relationship remains tense and Lilly refuses to spend the night. Later, Georgia finds Rachel in the driveway. Rachel claims to be hungry, but Georgia says dinner is served at six p.m. and no later. Rachel defends her bad reputation, saying that she had too much time on her hands back in San Francisco, California, because she graduated high school a few months early. Although Rachel challenges her grandmother to boss her around, Georgia curses her and goes to bed. At breakfast, Rachel takes the Lord’s name in vain, and Georgia warns that blasphemy is not tolerated in her house, citing “Georgia rule.” She tells Rachel that she has lined up a summer job for her, but the girl refuses to work. In town, Rachel flirts with local teenager Harlan Wilson, but he rejects her advances, saying he already has a girl friend. Rachel goes to the animal hospital where she is supposed to work to decline the job. However, the receptionist immediately puts her to work, and when Rachel realizes that Simon Ward is the veterinarian, she changes her mind about ditching the job. After a day’s work, Rachel joins Georgia, her friend Paula, and ... +


Near the Idaho state border, Lilly Wilcox tries to coax her teenaged daughter, Rachel, back into the car but gives up and drives away. Arriving in Hull, Idaho, Lilly goes to the home of her mother, Georgia Randall, and explains that she left Rachel on the side of the road. Meanwhile, Rachel catches a ride into town with Dr. Simon Ward and tries to seduce him to no avail. Although Georgia has agreed to look after Rachel for the summer, Lilly and Georgia’s relationship remains tense and Lilly refuses to spend the night. Later, Georgia finds Rachel in the driveway. Rachel claims to be hungry, but Georgia says dinner is served at six p.m. and no later. Rachel defends her bad reputation, saying that she had too much time on her hands back in San Francisco, California, because she graduated high school a few months early. Although Rachel challenges her grandmother to boss her around, Georgia curses her and goes to bed. At breakfast, Rachel takes the Lord’s name in vain, and Georgia warns that blasphemy is not tolerated in her house, citing “Georgia rule.” She tells Rachel that she has lined up a summer job for her, but the girl refuses to work. In town, Rachel flirts with local teenager Harlan Wilson, but he rejects her advances, saying he already has a girl friend. Rachel goes to the animal hospital where she is supposed to work to decline the job. However, the receptionist immediately puts her to work, and when Rachel realizes that Simon Ward is the veterinarian, she changes her mind about ditching the job. After a day’s work, Rachel joins Georgia, her friend Paula, and Paula’s two sons for dinner. Learning that Paula is veterinarian Simon Ward’s sister, Rachel asks if he is gay, and Paula responds that he lost his wife and son in a car accident three years ago. On the Fourth of July, Rachel shares a meal with her boss, Dr. Ward, at a local celebration, and he notices her eyeing Harlan. Dr. Ward informs Rachel that Harlan is a Mormon, and says that he himself once belonged to the Mormon church himself but is taking a break. Rachel suggests Dr. Ward move on from the death of his family. To demonstrate her own resiliency, Rachel divulges that she was molested by her stepfather, starting at the age of twelve. Rachel finds Harlan and they go fishing. On the boat, Harlan reveals that he cannot have sex until he is married. In turn, Rachel removes her underwear and encourages him to touch her. That night, Rachel goes to Dr. Ward’s apartment and says she lied about her stepfather molesting her, but he admits he already told Georgia. Returning home, Rachel denies the molestation when she is confronted by her grandmother. In the morning, Harlan arrives and announces that he must marry Rachel so that God will forgive him for what happened yesterday. Rachel confesses to a confused Georgia that she performed oral sex on Harlan the day before. In San Francisco, Lilly gets a phone call from Georgia, who relays Rachel’s accusations against her stepfather. As Lilly drives back to Idaho in a state of shock, Rachel rides with Harlan to a nearby college so he can confess to his girl friend, June, and beg her forgiveness. Although Rachel downplays their sexual encounter, Harlan admits exactly what happened and June agrees to forgive him on condition that he never see Rachel again. Lilly arrives at Georgia’s house, swears that her daughter is a compulsive liar, and insists that Rachel's stepfather, Arnold, has denied the allegations. When Rachel returns home, Lilly asks her to admit that Arnold never touched her; although Rachel parrots Lilly’s words, Georgia remains unconvinced. In the morning, Lilly asks Rachel for details, and Rachel says the molestation began at age twelve and ended at fourteen, when one of her friends physically threatened Arnold. After that, he gave her a Ford Mustang in exchange for more sex, but she crashed it out of spite. Later, Lilly drunkenly tells Georgia that she signed a prenuptial agreement, and predicts that she will end up penniless and back in Hull, while Arnold goes free because he is a brilliant criminal defense lawyer. After work, Dr. Ward tells Rachel that he once dated Lilly and they discuss Rachel’s father, who Ward describes as being troubled. Returning home, Rachel overhears Lilly accusing Georgia of abandoning her when her father died. Rachel comes to Georgia’s defense, and Lilly blames Rachel for having sex with Arnold. Lilly stumbles over a table and hurts herself, forcing Rachel and Georgia to drag her limp body upstairs. The next night, at Georgia’s behest, Rachel spends the night at Dr. Ward’s apartment while Lilly drinks herself into a stupor. Aware that she takes after her father, who was also an alcoholic, Lilly asks if Georgia ever loved her. Georgia throws Lilly’s liquor bottles out the window and insists that she does. Searching for Rachel at work the next day, Lilly runs into Dr. Ward and tells him she needs to stop drinking. He agrees to get Lilly a prescription medication that causes a person to become violently ill when they drink alcohol, then surprises her with a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, on another fishing trip with Harlan, Rachel informs him that she is “kicking men,” but Harlan reveals that he has feelings for her. When Harlan drops Rachel off at home, she sees her stepfather on the doorstep. Arnold asks why she lied and takes the lord’s name in vain within earshot of Georgia, who hits his knees with a bat until he leaves. Getting into his new Ferrari, Arnold announces that he will stay in Hull until Lilly is ready to go back to San Francisco. Rachel continues to stay at Dr. Ward’s apartment, where Lilly shows up after meeting with Arnold. Although Lilly is convinced of Rachel’s story, she allows that Arnold has her convinced as well. Rachel admits that she lied about the molestation to detract attention from her own mistakes, including her failure to enroll at Vassar College. Rachel cries when Lilly leaves, and later she dons a short red dress and goes to Arnold’s motel room. Exasperated, Arnold offers Rachel his Ferrari in exchange for telling Lilly “the truth.” Informing Arnold that she has a videotape of the two of them having sex, Rachel warns that if he does not keep her mother happy, she will expose the tape. Back at Dr. Ward’s apartment, Rachel slips into his bed while he is asleep, but he kicks her out. Rachel argues that she loves him, but he contends that Arnold robbed her of the ability to discern right from wrong. The next morning, as Lilly leaves town with Arnold, Georgia tells her son-in-law that she knows he is guilty. Lilly leaves a letter for her daughter, and shares an emotional goodbye with Georgia. At Dr. Ward’s apartment, Georgia tells Rachel they must press criminal charges against Arnold. Harlan drives Dr. Ward, Georgia, and Rachel, as they chase after Lilly and Arnold on the highway. When Lilly learns that Arnold plans to give his Ferrari to Rachel, she deduces that he did molest her and erupts in anger. Pulling over, Arnold throws Lilly’s luggage out of the car and claims that Rachel seduced him. Meanwhile, Rachel reads Lilly’s letter in the back of Harlan’s truck, which quotes one of Georgia’s rules: “To forgive is to move forward.” Harlan pulls over when they see Lilly on the side of the road, and Rachel runs to embrace her mother. As Lilly and Rachel reconcile, Harlan tells Georgia that he is in love with Rachel and intends to marry her in two years when he returns from his Mormon mission. +

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