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Thursday, May 17, 2007

GREENLIGHT #138: Georgia Rule (with "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Klute")

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Ann and Les can't imagine what possesed anyone involved to make Georgia Rule (2007.) As Les says, "this is a disgusting film." Sadly Jane Fonda plays a grandmother who agrees to take in her teenage granddaughter, played by Lindsay Lohan, because she's too unruly for her alcoholic mother, played by Felicity Huffman, to handle. This grandmother is not of the gentle variety. Be prepared, she likes to swear. You should also be forewarned that the teenage girl does things with a boy that simply isn't proper - to say the least. Most shocking of all, and perhaps most sad of all, is that this movie is directed by the king of charming sitcoms Gary Marshall. It's not a movie of which he should be proud. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another depressing but worthwhile film featuring Ms. Fonda called They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969.) In this film, Ms. Fonda plays a 1930's tramp who, along with a whole bunch of other people, try to make some money by participating in a dance-marathon from hell. The promoter of the contest is portrayed masterfully slimy by Gig Young who won an Oscar for this role. Look, too, for the young couple trying desperately to get a break played by a young Bonnie Bedelia and Bruce Dern. It's yet another provocative film by Sydney Pollack. Ann also recommends a film featuring Ms. Fonda. She plays "Bree", a "lady of the night," who is caught up in a homicide investigation when one of her "clients" disappears. This movie also features Donald Sutherland's break-out role as he plays the detective, Klute, who first has to break Fonda's character to get on with his investigation. The film should have been called "Bree' since it's really all about that character but it's called Klute (1973.)

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