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I must applaud Jennifer Jason Leigh because I have never been as impressed with her performance as I was as her turn as Sadie Flood. From her passionate portrayal of Sadie to the ability to capture every word with crisp emotion and distinction, Leigh takes every scene and makes it her last. She is brilliant and honest at the same time. She gives so much to the camera and to the role that you move away from that feeling of watching a movie and handed that sensation of being allowed into someone's private life.Read more ›
The theme is failure, and the reason for that failure is the most horrifying one of all - no talent.
Better by far to fail through bad luck, or being cheated, or simple bad timing!
But it's failure that's the horrible reality faced by Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), one of life's triers who simply hasn't got enough talent to make it as even a semi-pro singer, let alone the big star that is her elder sister Georgia (Mare Winningham).
Now seeing someone untalented refuse to face that reality (even though they are aware of it) and sink into a mire of drugs and even more delusions isn't the most cheerful evening you'll ever have. But the film is redeemed by some rather lovely music, and some great, really great acting by Jason Lee.
Winningham sings beautifully and plays her part with a slightly aloof sympathy that is utterly convincing for someone who is a major star, relatively grounded, but who left the grubby realities of "normal" life behind her many years before.
But the film really belongs to Jason Leigh - an amazingly sustained piece of acting achieves that seemless quality when you forget you're watching acting at all - Sadie becomes as real as one of your troubled friends at high school, with the same mixture of charm and irritation.
Georgia isn't perfect by a long way. The script has excellent dialogue but a meandering, rather lost sort of plot. Like many films of the 90s, it's half an hour too long. The supporting cast are excellent, but don't have too much to do. Visually the scenes are competantly shot, but there are few great images that directors such as Kuburick produce at will.
But Georgia remains as brave a film as it's heroine - no trite ending here, no homilies, no saving grace.
Thoughtful viewers are in for a treat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a pretty good movie, but the reason it's a must-see is Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance--that's to say, every scene she's in. An absolutely astonishing piece of work.Published 3 months ago by jcd
If you're a Jennifer Jason Leigh fan and remember Fast Times at Ridgewood High and you're over 60...or maybe 50... you will love this!Published on December 6, 2013 by billonline
It wasn't a bad movie. I'm a fan of both stars but didn't realize it was so old....It's an age old story that could still be relevant today but then because it's an age old story... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Kathryn M Fisher
Friends of mine have often told me that Jennifer Jason Leigh was one of the greatest actresses to lack an Oscar nomination and I personally have found the statement laughable. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Andrew Ellington
I have been a great fan of this movie for many years and just recently had the opportunity to purchase it and now I can watch it whenever I want. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Rebecca Martin
This is one of my favorite movies.
Sadie Flood wants fame and, just as important, approval by her older sister, Georgia. Read more
I did not like this movie at all. It was tedious getting through the entire film. I am a fan of Jennifer Jason Leigh, but the character she was portraying was awful. Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by M. Lyons
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