- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2007

We’re guessing Lindsay Lohan didn’t pull any Method muscles here: In “Georgia Rule,” opening this weekend, she plays a wild-child teenager who’s sent to family boot camp on Grandma’s Idaho ranch. (Grandma, a religiously devout martinet, is played by Jane Fonda — now that’s a stretch.) What’s next? Warren Beatty as a liberal senator? (Whoops; scratch that.) 50 Cent as 50 Cent? (Whoops, again.)

Alec Baldwin as harsh father — Right about now would be a good time to remake 1979’s “The Great Santini,” what with the notorious voicemail tirade Mr. Baldwin left for his daughter.

Halle Berry as woman scorned — One of the most beautiful women in the business can’t find permanent love in real life. Twice divorced (from baseball pro David Justice and singer Eric Benet), cheated on and (possibly) abused, Miss Berry knows from restraining orders.

Tom Cruise as control-freak husband — He played a jealous, ambivalent pleasure-seeker opposite then-wife Nicole Kidman in 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” Just picture the kind of onscreen hubby he’d make today: from fairy-tale wedding to private sonogram machine to total credit-card-canceling dominion.

Wesley Snipes as tax-cheat fugitive — He already had onscreen experience as a man on the lam (1998’s “U.S. Marshals”) before last October’s eight-count tax-fraud indictment was announced, and Mr. Snipes’ whereabouts were initially unknown. Bonus points for any scenes involving “Blade”-like martial-arts action, as Mr. Snipes is a fifth-degree black belt.

Fred Thompson as president — But only if we make an exception for reality TV.

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