Rumor Has It

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With the romantic comedy RUMOR HAS IT, director Rob Reiner (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY) attempts the tricky task of creating a film based on an already celebrated classic, 1967's THE GRADUATE. Starring Dustin Hoffman and based on a novel by Charlie Webb, the original film revolved around the love triangle between a recent college-graduate, his girlfriend, and her famously seductive mother. Here, Reiner casts a chain-smoking Shirley MacLaine as the supposed real-life inspiration for Mrs. Robinson, and Jennifer Aniston as her granddaughter. Set for the most part within the gossipy community of Pasadena, California, the film follows Sarah Huttinger (Aniston) and her fiancé (Mark Ruffalo) as they travel home for her perky sister's (Mena Suvari) wedding. Having nothing in common with her family, Sarah is intrigued upon learning that she may actually be the secret love child of her deceased mother and Beau Borroughs (Kevin Costner), the man whose affairs with both Sarah's mother and grandmother supposedly inspired Charlie Webb, a classmate and friend of Beau, to write THE GRADUATE. From here, Sarah seeks out Beau, interested in him as a father-like figure and possibly more. Aniston brings a Rachel-like (FRIENDS) comic vibe to her character, frequently expressing her neuroses by talking to herself out loud in a sitcom-ish style. Costner is plenty capable in his role, but even with Beau's riches and charm, viewers may find it hard to understand why a young woman would embark on a romance with the same man who bedded her mother and grandmother. Reiner's script veers away from the classic romantic comedy formula by keeping Ruffalo's character at the sidelines. Rather, RUMOR HAS IT focuses on one woman's journey towards adulthood, self-realization, and acceptance of her origins via a path that while strange and potentially incestuous, seems to be family tradition.

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Studio Warner
SKU 202315364
UPC 012569701359
UPC 14 00012569701359
Format DVD
Release Date 5/9/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Aniston,Jennifer
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Directors
Name Rob Reiner
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Cast & Crew
Ben Cosgrove - Producer
George Clooney - Executive Producer
Jennifer Aniston - Actor
Kevin Costner - Actor
Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Peter Deming - Cinematographer
Rob Reiner - Director
Robert Leighton - Editor
Shirley MacLaine - Actor
Ted Griffin - Writer
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review Costner brings a breezy charm to his crucial if relatively modest role (he doesn't show up for 35 minutes or so), though there's something vaguely creepy about how quickly things move from "Are you my dad?" to "Where are my clothes?" Moreover, the movie's take-away message feels unconvincing, perhaps because so little foundation is laid in creating worthwhile relationships..."Rumor Has It..." fares somewhat better on a technical level, as the manicured lawns and lavish parties evoke mild memories of "The Graduate," along with its notion of secrets and betrayals lurking beneath the meticulous landscaping of suburbia.
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This is not a great movie, but it's very watchable and has some good laughs. The casting of Aniston is crucial, because she's the heroine of this story, and the way it's put together there's danger of her becoming the shuttlecock. Aniston has the presence to pull it off. She has to maybe scuttle her sister's wedding and her own, maybe abandon the guy who loves her, maybe break her official father's heart, maybe (yeechh!) sleep with her (maybe) real dad, yet always retain our sympathy. Well, of course she does. She's one of my closest friends.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Theatrical Trailer, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Aniston,Jennifer / Christopher McDonald / Jennifer Aniston / Kathy Bates / Kevin Costner / Mark Ruffalo / Mena Suvari / Mike Vogel / Richard Jenkins / Shirley MacLaine / Steve Sandvoss
Composer Marc Shaiman
Director Peter Deming / Rob Reiner
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper Rob Reiner hits every scene just right.
Pete Hammond, Maxim Jennifer Aniston graduates to the top ranks of movie stars with a completely engaging and endearing performance. Shirley MacLaine is a riot and Kevin Costner is absolutely perfect. Rumor Has It... is director Rob Reiner's best since When Harry Met Sally, a sophisticated, extremely clever and totally winning comedy you don't want to miss!
Thelma Adams, US Weekly The fanciful comedy delivers another tart turn from MacLaine.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's "Reel Talk" It's wistful, funny and poignant.
Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune Easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer T. M. Griffin's script is imaginative and clever.

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