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There's a story/rumour going around in Pasadena. The rumour has it that the film The Graduate was based on a true story from the area but nobody knows for sure who the story is base on. A woman and her daughter both had a steamy affair years ago with the same guy and the town has never forgotten it....
Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) lives in New York with her fiancée Jeff (Mark Ruffalo). The mayhem starts when they both have to go back to Pedsadena for her little sister's wedding. It seems she always gets nervous about this because she doesn't feel that she fits in with her family and has nothing in common with them.
Once there Sarah starts to put pieces together that somehow the book and the film are based on her family and to her it makes sense so off she goes to find the connection of the man that she believes had an affair with her grandma and mother.
She meets the dynamic and rather handsome older man Beau (Kevin Costner) who helps fill in the pieces about her identity and they get close....could she be falling for him? Does he manage to spell bind her as she believes he did with the rest of the women in her family? Does she love her fiancé or does she want a different life and will her sister get married in the chaos of all this?
What I Thought:
I first saw this movie a few years ago when it came out and I remember enjoying it so I popped it on my Amazon wishlist and I'm really glad I did as it's an easy and enjoyable watch this one.
Ok it is very light viewing, rather amusing in places and all the cast put in a good appearance. It's a rom com with a bit of difference but the ending is predictable but with 93 minutes viewing time it goes fast enough, doesn't drag its heels and doesn't feel that it is panned or drawn out. The story is an interesting one looked at in a light hearted way. The more serious issues, affairs and the likes are not delved into too much but are looked at in a light hearted manner.
Shirley McClain who plays the Grandma steals this film for me. She has some cracking lines and says what she thinks, Kevin Costner made me swoon ever so slightly and Jennifer Aniston is delightful ,but then I do tend to like her as an actress!
I think this is a nice little Sunday afternoon sort of watch. It won't stress your head out or get you thinking too much and the story unfolds nicely and ties up loose ends. It's a 12 rated film this one with just a couple of light references to sex and one 'almost' sex scene in a toilet close to the beginning of the film but the language about it isn't shocking and you see nothing at all!
One I'm happy to keep with my collection when I don't want to have to use my brain too much!
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**This is a film only review**
Unlike many people, I actually quite like Jennifer Aniston, and generally speaking if I see a rom-com she is involved in, it makes me more inclined to watch it. I recently added this film to my LoveFilm listing, along with many other romcoms, and am disappointed to say that at best, it's pretty average.
Aniston plays the main character, Sarah Huttinger, who is suffering a bit of a pre-midlife crisis and feels like she doesn't belong anywhere. She has just become engaged to lawyer Jeff, and takes him home to Pasadena to meet her family at her sister's wedding. He notices she behaves differently in the presence of her family, and she confesses that she's never felt like she belongs or relates to any of them. She starts doubting her roots, and after some digging starts to wonder if she's actually part of the family at all.
When I read the storyline and started watching the film, I was quite intruiged and had high hopes for this film being a bit out of the ordinary. Once Sarah has done some digging into her mother's past, she believes the film "The Graduate" was based on her family, and this adds a sub-storyline which potentially could make this a really different and outstanding romcom. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to its promise.
I wouldn't say the issue with this film is that it's predictable, I would actually say it's anything but predictable. I was quite surprised (and mortified at times) at where this storyline ends up, but the main issue for me was the awful characters. Aniston's character is the usual character she plays in these films - likeable even though she's a messed up woman who doesn't know what she wants. The other notable character is the Grandma, who is a fiery character and adds a bit of humour to what is a fairly drab romcom. The other characters are fairly appalling to be honest. Her sister, played by Mena Suvari, is an annoyingly high-pitched squealing dumb-ass American bimbo. Every scene she was in made me come closer to switching off the TV.
Sarah's fiance Jeff, played by Mark Ruffalo, is really hard to generate any feeling or emotion for. I felt that I was supposed to like him, he's really kind and thoughtful towards Sarah, and has an a amusing Jimmy Carr style deadpan sense of humour. Unfortunately though, I just couldn't warm to him, and this meant that I didn't really care what the outcome of this film was. Kevin Costner also appears in this film playing Beau Burroughs, the man who holds the key to Sarah's mother and her past. He's a strange character who I just found obnoxious and irritating.
The acting isn't great in this film. There doesn't appear to be any chemistry between any of the characters, which is bizarre considering the number of relationships involved here. At the beginning of the film, when Sarah and Jeff are on the plane travelling to her sister's wedding, I couldn't figure out whether they are in love, whether they despise each other and are together for convenience, or whether they've just met. It took a while for this film to get going, I actually thought we were going to give up on it at one point, but luckily it got slightly better after the slow start.
I really wouldn't go out of your way to watch this film. It sounds like it has a really interesting storyline, but it's a big disappointment, and as for the "romcom" category, well I would call this more "rom" than "com" as it doesn't give many laughs.
In the past I have enjoyed a lot of 'Jennifer Anniston films' ; Along Came Polly , Marley And Me and Friends With Money. So when I heard that she had another movie out called 'Rumour Has It' , I was curious and just had to see it.
Rumour Has It is an American romantic comedy movie , released in the United Kingdom in 2006. Directed by Rob Reiner , the film stars Jennifer Anniston and Kevin Costner. The film runs at just over one hour and a half and is a 12 which means that it should no be viewed by persons under the age of twelve. The DVD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £2.99 , which I think is excellent value.
The plot is certainly an interesting one ; Sarah discovers that her family were the inspiration for a famous book and film. How will she cope with the new-found 'secret'? Watch Rumour Has It to find out!
I really enjoyed this movie ; it's a light hearted movie which leaves you in a positive , happy mood afterwards. I thought that the plot was really good , and a bit different. It wasn't as predictable as a lot of other romantic comedies which is good. In fact , there wasn't hardly anything predictable about this movie ; there were lots of twists and turns which certainly suprise the viewer , and keeps them interested. It's a great movie to watch while chilling out after a hard day's work , or during a girlie night in , as it doesn't require too much thinking , which is good , as I hate movies where you have to think too much.
There were some great characters in this movie , with some great on-screen chemistry , which made the movie seem believeable despite it's slightly over-the-top plot. Although I will admit , that it was not my favourite Jennifer Anniston movie ; it was a good film , just that I prefer some of her other films such as 'Along Came Polly' to this one. One thing I have noticed , and I don't know if any one else has ; Jen always seems to look the same in all of her films ; I know that's how she 'looks' and hey she always looks great , but what I am trying to say is that because I have seen so many of her films , and she looks the same in every one , it's hard to think of her as anything else but the 'one same character'.
I found this film to be quite comical with some good one liners.
Jeff: So you're gonna just walk up to him and ask him point-blank?
Sarah: Well, I guess I could walk in and yell "Hey, Dad", and see if he turns around.
Jeff: You know, I never told you this, but they based a movie on my family. Seriously. Titanic. They changed it a little. There's not boat, nothing sank. But I did pose naked for a portrait once.
There were some great laugh out loud moments in this movie and on more than one ocasion I was laughing even after the scene had finished.
If you are looking for a laugh then I would definately recommend this movie!
Thanks for reading!
September 16th 2010
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- Cast & Credits -
- Story -
Sarah Hattinger is shocked to discover on accident that her family inspired the book that the film 'The Graduate' was based on, after she hears at her sisters wedding that her mother gave birth to her just under nine months after getting married. She goes to discuss this with her grandmother who informs her of a particular popular boy who both she and her mother had slept with soon before she got married, a man by the name of Beau Burroughs. It dawns on her that the name of the teenage boy in The Graduate is Ben Braddock, both having both initials as BB, so she tracks Beau down and confronts him, asking him whether he is her father or not. Is he or isn't he? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
I quite enjoyed this movie, it isn't the same as some/most romantic comedies (I've seen it classified as being a 'rom-com') in that its not all 'lovey-dovey', its more a case of following Sarah's journey to discover the truth about her family and her father. Its not really a straight comedy either, its more curiously interesting and entertaining from that aspect rather than really big belly laugh kind of funny, though it is quite funny in parts, I liked the story because I suppose it is quite plausible or it seemed it anyway and the characters were all quite well portrayed and interesting, from Sarah's recently wed sister, who is rather hysterical, to Sarah's quirky grandmother, who is rather sharp witted and has some interesting opinions to married life. Anyway yes, it is rather 'different' in a way, genre-wise and whatever else so hence why I picked the review title, thats what sticks in my mind most about this movie is that its something rather different and nowadays there are few movies that are particularly original, so this is perhaps to be applauded.
You'll perhaps be glad to know that there's little in the way of sex scenes in this movie, although thats not to say that there are none, just its not as prevelent as you might expect or fear, its really about what happened in the past more than whats going on then, for the most part anyway. I had to wonder about the character of Beau Burroughs, given what we find out about him and what had happened, is this some sort of mythical, fictional character or what? I guess there are people like that out there but I don't know, as much as the movie did seem fairly believeable, there's something about that guy that made me wonder, I suppose!, certainly some family members are less than impressed with him and he is a curious character, being clearly quite wealthy and having some hold on the Huttinger family.
There's something about Jennifer Anistons performance that seemed perhaps a little over the top, although I appreciate that of course its quite an emotional performance that she had to give when playing a character that suddenly realises she has to question her mothers past and potentially who her father is but the amount of time on screen that she gives these intense stares and suchlike, its maybe a little too critical of me but I felt that perhaps it was a bit over the top.
This isn't a movie to take too seriously but its quite entertaining, I like that the story is something different and the characters are quite interesting, so its worth a watch. I don't think I can say much more without giving the plot away really.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Its quite an entertaining movie that I enjoyed, its not too tawdry and its not too boring either, its quite amusing at points with some interesting characters and a curious story, so yes, I would recommend it.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks, as ever, for all r/r/c's. This review is also posted on Ciao UK under the same username.
Rumour has it is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Shirley MacLaine. It was released in 2005 and is pretty entertaining. There are so many romantic comedies made every year in fact and I've seen Jennifer Aniston in a few and this is another one that's not bad although predictable as they all seem to be. She is quite good in alot of her roles though and she performs well in this again. What I didn't realise though until I started to watch was that this was actually based on the classic old movie The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman.
Jennifer Aniston plays Sarah and as the movie starts she is heading home to Pasadena with her fiance for her younger sister's wedding. He is a little worried about Sarah postponing the announcement of their engagement. She is in fact wondering whether they should be getting married at all but for obvious reasons doesn't want him to know that.
She has always felt like the outsider in her family so trips home are not always the easiest and she has always felt she doesn't belong as much as others. She finds out that her mum when she was younger and before she gave birth had another love interest which makes her doubt who her real Dad is. This prompts her when she returns to try and find this man who her mother was in love with and find out the truth about her parents and who they were. She finds Beau played by Kevin Costner and is swept away by him. Will she pursue romance with him or return to her fiance.
I thought that the movie was entertaining but like so many other romantic comedies before it and since it is a bit predictable at times. The performances by Aniston, Costner, Ruffalo and MacLaine are fantastic though and the film also has the right amount of comedy and the plot is definately interesting enough to keep you watching. The movie flows along at a nice pace and it's worth watching.
Rumour Has It (released in 2005) was directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, Stand By Me, A Few Good Men) and produced by Ben Cosgrove and Paula Weinstein. It was written by Ted Griffin.
The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine. Aniston has struggled to shake off her Rachel Green from Friends typecast stigma but with the help of some excellent support pulls it off just with on this particular occasion.
Aniston portrays Sarah Huttinger, an obituary and wedding announcement writer for the New York Times. Sarah travels to Pasadena for her sister Anna's wedding where she meets up with her grandmother Katharine Richelieu (Shirley MacLaine).
Katharine tells Sarah that her mother Jocelyn ran off to Cabo San Lucas just prior to her wedding to Earl Huttinger (Richard Jenkins) to be with Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), her former classmate. Sarah begins to wonder whether Beau might be her real biological father. Sarah is engaged to be married to Jeff Daly, portrayed by Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo is one of those actors who looks familiar but you can never place him.
Sarah manages to track down Beau Burroughs who is now a successful internet guru. When Sarah suggests to Beau that he might be her father he denies that he is able to father children because of a blunt testicular drama while playing in a soccer game against ironically Earl Huttinger. Sarah and Beau then end up sleeping together.
Meanwhile Sarah's fiancée Jeff is trying in vain to contact her. When he eventually catches up with her at a charity ball he breaks off their engagement after seeing Rachel kissing Beau.
Sarah discovers that her grandmother Katharine might have been the inspiration for the character Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, a 1963 novel by Charles Webb which was later made into a hugely popular film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Beau has slept with 3 different women in Sarah's family - her mum, her grandmother and now Sarah herself.
Shirley MacLaine without doubt steals the show and makes Rumour Has It worth watching. I wasn't expecting much to be honest but was pleasantly surprised. MacLaine has all the best lines including "Am I the only sane one here?" and referring to Beau Burroughs: "He's a horny b***ard!"
Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of Sarah makes you feel like you care about her and almost makes you forgive her for sleeping with Beau Burroughs when she is engaged to somebody else.
Kevin Costner as usual shows his screen presence during his few scenes and a special mention must be given to Richard Jenkins as Earl Hottinger who I recognised from The Witches Of Eastwick.
However Shirley MacLaine outshines everyone!
Rumour Has It is a fairly pleasant film to watch with your partner on a Sunday afternoon. I'd rate it 7 out of 10.
***film only review***
Rumour has it was a bit of a bizarre film for me to watch as there were some things that happened in it that I thought there is no way that would really happen but then I suppose we do have Jeremy Kyle here and maybe things like that do happen!
The film stars Jennifer Anniston as Sarah, a self-diagnosed mis-fit in her family who at one point thought she was adopted as she had nothing in common with the rest of the family. (she didn'tlike tennis like the rest of them!) She is about to be married to her fiancé Jeff (gorgeous Mark Ruffalo) and they are all back in Pasadena for her younger sisters wedding. When her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) gets a bit tipsy and confesses that Sarah's mother might have had an affair a week before she married her father and that she was born 8 months after the wedding. Also rumour has it that the film 'The Graduate' was based on a family in Pasadena and Sarah begins to think it could be their family after she finds out her grandmother also slept with the same man her mother did - Beau Bridges (Kevin Costner)
So after putting 2 and 2 together Sarah goes off in search of her biological father (without her fiancé) and let's just say something happens that you don't expect! So through her investigations she finds Beau and finds out some unusual information.
I felt that even though this film had a huge cast it felt a bit flat. I felt like there was something missing. I watched it but was expecting more. I wasn't sure if it was a comedy or not but it states that it's a romantic comedy. I didn't see many laughs in this movie, I must have blinked! The only funny character I felt was Maclaines as the grandmother Katherine. She is the best part of the film and completely owns the screen when she is on it.
Mark Ruffalo is always a pleasure to watch but that is purely because I think he is lovely. His acting isn't perfect of course but I can forgive him for that.
Anniston is mediocre and she is not at her best here but as always we forgive her for that as she is so loved in everything she does.
The thing I disliked about this film was how unrealistic it was. Sarah is searching for who she thinks is her real father, he tells her that he is not and the next thing that happens is so unbelievable to even comprehend. That just wouldn't happen would it? To make it more believable there would have to be better chemistry on screen and this was definitely lacking in all relationships, even with her fiancé.
I felt that Costner wasn't even trying in this movie, quite possibly he was just passing the time with small movie filler who knows, but they could have done so much more with the cast they had here. The script could have been so much better. It obviously wasn't advertised as a huge movie because before the other night I had not even heard of it.
Overall this was a bit of a disappointment to me and a very forgetful film, I definitely won't be watching it again.
If you havent watched the graduate or know what that was about you might miss the point of this film.
When returning home for her sister's wedding day something just doesn't feel right for Sarah. She has just got engaged and should be extremely happy to be introducing her fiancé to her family. Instead she tells him this isn't the right time to announce it and gets an idea into her head that her dad isn't her real dad. It's then that she discovers that her mum had an affair and worse still that her mum and grandmother were the inspiration for the film and book The Graduate. Now convinced that the man her mum had an affair with is her father she sets off to find him but will this finally bring her the happiness she seeks or make her even more confused.
Of course with Jennifer Aniston in the lead role this movie was always going to fall squarely into the romantic comedy genre. I have to admit a bit of reluctance at watching this to start with but as usual I was overruled and as this was one from Jen's DVD collection that I hadn't seen we settled down to watch it. It's billed as an unofficial sequel to the Graduate and while the classic film features in the movie I would have to say this is nowhere near as good. That said it is an enjoyable movie and while I wasn't expecting a lot from it I didn't get too bored watching it, which has to be a good sign.
With Rob Reiner in the director's chair there was little chance that this would be too bad a film though. Having replaced the original director a couple of weeks into the project the When Harry Met Sally director seemed to take to his new role with relative ease. Of course there are some rather typical and cliqued moments in the film but I think a good romantic comedy would be nothing without them. In truth though this movie was pretty simple fair for someone of Reiner's talents, but while it didn't really test him that much he has added his own touches to it.
A lot of the directors lead is taken from a rather average script, which is something of a surprise given that it's written by Ted Griffin who also wrote the new Ocean's 11 and Matchstick Men. I feel it's really a case of someone trying to cover a collection of genres with their writing and not quite getting it. Ok the story flows quite nicely but it's all been done before in different ways and the script and plot are really nothing new. What Reiner does though is create a film that's slightly better than the average plot to at least try and make it stand out.
It's not even as if they didn't have the actors to work with. There are a couple of real big names in this project but with Aniston's choice of roles after Friends and the fact that co-star Kevin Costner hasn't really done a lot in recent years perhaps tells you more about the direction of the film. Of course Aniston is her usual self in the movie and there are inevitable comparisons between her character her and her portrayal of Rachel Green in Friends. Unfortunately I think that's a character she's never going to get away from. It's a reasonable performance but like the rest of the plot her character seems a little flat and has been done before.
There is some chemistry between her and co-star Kevin Costner but again the scenes between them are too cliqued and while they work for the storyline don't hit me as being something majorly new or different. While there are some good performances from Mark Ruffalo, Shirley Maclaine, Costner and Aniston there is just something that stops the film from being anything other than average. The characters all complement each other well and there are no really terrible performances, it's just with the plot being a rather overdone formula it just seems like any other romantic comedy.
I'm not saying that is a particularly bad thing however, it just means that if you are going to watch it don't expect to see something fresh. Yes it is a formula that has been done hundreds of thousands of times before but it's a formula that works for this type of movie and will always continue to work. It will fit nicely into the romantic comedy genre, the only difference being that in ten years time it'll probably be long forgotten. If you enjoy romantic then chances are you might have already seen this movie, if not then it is a very good couples film, although guys I'm afraid as you might expect there are no explosions or car chases.
In 1997, obituary writer, Sarah Huttinger's (Jennifer Aniston) life seems to be almost perfect from afar but if you get a bit closer you'll see that she's stuck in a bit of a rut and doesn't quite know how to get out of it. She doesn't seem to fit in with her family for various and somewhat trivial reasons, she has an adoring fiancé in the form of Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) but something just doesn't feel right for Sarah.
While travelling to Pasadena for her younger sister Annie's (Mena Suvari) wedding Sarah gets very anxious as she always does when she visits her family, the same subjects come into play when Sarah coyly mentions that at one point she thought she was adopted because she has nothing in common with any of her family. At the pre-wedding party she is reunited with her Grandmother, who likes to be referred to as Katherine (Shirley MacLaine) and after a few too many vodkas on the rocks Katherine lets slip about Sarah's late Mother's past relationships and how she ran off only a week before her wedding to Sarah's Father. It turns out that Sarah was born only 8 months after the wedding and as Sarah begins to somewhat misleadingly piece things together in her head she decides that she needs hard proof so she decides to go in search for the man she thinks could be her biological Father...
Rumour Has It, although starring a brilliant cast is a film that kind of slipped under the radar for me, I don't recall it being out at the cinema in 2006 although I'm sure it was. I didn't actually sit up and take notice of this film before I saw it on Sky Movies a year or two ago and that was strictly a coincidence because I happened to miss the first 10 minutes or so. Since then I have bought the film on DVD after thoroughly enjoying it, however as much as I did enjoy it this film is far from perfect therefore I thought that the most I could give it is three stars.
First off, I found the story to be very original. I've never seen The Graduate although I've heard certain things about it and it seems to be a very famous film from the 60's. As I'm way too young to have seen The Graduate I wasn't completely familiar with the storyline but fortunately at the beginning of the film there are clips, narrated by Jennifer Aniston which give you a brief history of what The Graduate was about and also the premise of what Rumour Has It is all about. The brief synopsis at the beginning I found to be very helpful as this film aims to appeal to people of all ages and it means that you don't have to have watched The Graduate to enjoy this film.
The way they've managed to create a spin off from the 60's film I personally think is very clever. The one thing I didn't really understand was why the film had to be set in 1997, Jennifer Aniston's character was born in 1964 so obviously that would have made her character noticeably older than the actor herself was at the time so I can only assume that they played around with the script to fit Jennifer Aniston's needs. Setting aside, I think the film does well at carrying on the first film even though I haven't seen it. I'm sure because of it's eminence from all the way back in 1967 people were probably wondering if a sequel or a spin off would be created and I'm sure fans of The Graduate would be pleased to hear about this film. Unfortunately I think this film is aimed at a younger generation, this isn't a bad thing for me but I do think that older viewers may have been interested in the premise of this but after seeing the narrative structure they could have been a bit turned off by it all.
The way the story works is well thought out and it works quite well to it's credit. My only guess is that The Graduate was sort of unrealistic which means that Rumour Has It is able to focus on the realism side which is cleverly done. The way things unravel for Jennifer Aniston however seem sort of forced and the reasons that she doesn't think she fits in with her family seem pretty ludicrous (not liking tennis and not being blonder) to name a few. I think for a film that wants to focus on some sort of realism this is the main aspect that brings it down. The relationships that Jennifer Aniston has with Jeff also seems very fake, no matter how much I love the two actors I can't help but dislike the chemistry, or lack of it that the two shared in this film. This is the same between Jennifer Aniston's character and Beau Burroughs, played by film veteran Kevin Costner. There was nothing wrong with his acting as such but again, there was no chemistry between him and Jennifer Aniston which should have been one of the focus points of the film. Their relationship in particular seemed to be very fake and the fact that she would risk what she has with her fiancé for a night with an older man, the chemistry would have to be pretty electric otherwise it would just be completely incomprehensible which unfortunately is what it was.
Jennifer Aniston is one of my favourite actresses, not so much because of her acting skills, which undoubtedly she does have but simply because of the characters she plays and the films she's appeared in. There have undeniably been some duds in her career and some films where she tries to be more versatile by playing different roles but she always seems to return to her roots which are playing sweet loveable characters which both men and women alike will adore which is a rare quality in an actress. Her character in this film is no different, you instantly lover her character of Sarah no matter how silly and contrived some of the things she says are. Jennifer Aniston just seems to exude warmth in every role she plays which is why she's become America's sweetheart. She can branch out all she likes and she can produce bad films but the audience will still love her and even if the film looks terrible people will still flock to see it simply because she's in it.
I've always been a fan of Mark Ruffalo's too, however unlike Jennifer Aniston I wouldn't say that he was a great actor but I do think that he's a very likeable character although he can come across as very bland. Mark Ruffalo is one of those actors who seems to feel more comfortable playing second fiddle to a leading lady and this film is no exception, he's also starred in Just Like Heaven where he plays the supporting role to Reese Witherspoon and 13 Going On 30 where he plays the leading man opposite Jennifer Garner. I do think that Mark Ruffalo was good in the film albeit boring however he still remains a likeable character that the audience will always side with compared with some charming older man like Kevin Costner. Shirley MacLaine's character generated most of the laughs and she stole all the scenes she appeared in, her character was quite over the top but still remained to be funny and likeable.
The film itself, if you manage to overlook it's flaws is very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is prepared to leave all seriousness at the door as this is a film that should be taken with a piece of salt. It is however a touching film in many ways including relationships, family, loss and fidelity and the film deals with the subjects well and manages to make you laugh too on numerous occasions. The film manages to be funny right from the start, all the way through to the very end which is something that I love about this film and is what enables me to enjoy watching it time after time.
Overall I think you should give this film a chance as it is a very enjoyable, touching and funny watch. Although it's based on a film from the 60's don't let that put younger viewers off, I'm only 19 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You definitely don't have to have seen The Graduate to enjoy this film.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £3.99 which is a very reasonable price.
Being a big fan of Jennifer Aniston, I was quite looking forward to watching what looked like quite a funny film. The whole plot is centred around the "real life" family that inspired the film and book "The Graduate". The storyline is actually pretty clever, although is a bit tongue in cheek in places.
Shirley MacLaine plays the role of the grandmother brilliantly and adds a real sense of fun into what would otherwise be a fairly dull film. Mark Ruffalo is excellent as the main character's boyfriend as well, and you really sympathise with him in places.
The film is a little dull in places, but has a few funny moments. It is set in suburbian LA and New York, and some of the scenes in it are truly breath-taking.
This film retails for about £3-5 on some of the DVD websites, which I think is a pretty good price for this film. It isn't the best film in the world, and is a bit boring at times, but is a nice feel good film to make you smile.
I didn't particularly like Jennifer Aniston in Friends, and I haven't really liked any of her solo films either so I was a bit reluctant to watch this one if I am brutally honesy. Combine that with the poor reviews I have seen across the internet about it, well it wasn't looking too positive. But my partner and I made the executive decision to give it a go, and Amazon responded by dropping the DVD through my postbox last weekend. We finally got round to watching it and luckily it wasn't as bad as I initially had thought!
Rumour Has It has what could be an incredibly interesting plot line which could have gone any numbers of ways. Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a woman who finds out that her family may well be the basis for the infamous book and movie of The Graduate. While she is home in Pasedena for her sister Annie's wedding (Mena Suvari), she and fiance Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) attempt to find out what happened with Sarah's mother before she married Sarah's father, her real roots and whether or not The Graduate is based upon the Huttinger family!
I thought, as I mentioned, that this would be an interesting plot, and that they would be able to weave a great and intersting story from it. However, this was not the case. It took about half an hour for the movie to actually bring about this plot line to the forefront of the whole thing, and then to be honest, I felt it dropped it far too quickly and moved off on another tangent. It was almost like there were 2 stories being told in one movie, that sort of overlapped but when they didn't mix so well together, they just dropped one story and carried on easily with the other. Strangely, this sort of worked as it wasn't too awful but I don't feel that it answered many of the questions that it asked properly, leaving me a bit cold.
The cast did a good job in their roles. As I said, I am not Jennifer Aniston's biggest fan but I feel that she did quite a good job in her role of Sarah. She wasn't the nicest girl in the world, not particularly kind or loving to her fiance but she does well in keeping the film moving and shows her talents. On the opposite side of the fence is the dire role of Jeff played awfully by Mark Ruffalo. I have previously seen Ruffalo in 13 Going On 30 alongside Jennifer Garner and I felt the difference in chemistry between both Jennifer's and Mark was incredibly obvious. Aniston and Ruffalo seemingly had no interest in each other at all, their characters are meant to be in love but they almost seemed to be acting apart, even though they were playing a couple. Ruffalo had a good few deadpan lines which made me laugh but for the rest of the time, his tone was monotanous and boring and I just could not get myself to like him.
The stand out role for me was that of Sarah's Grandmother Katharine Richelieu played fantastically by the magnificent Shirley MacLaine. I only saw MacLaine about 2 weeks ago in In Her Shoes, and god she plays such a different woman here! Her character in this film is hilarious, a woman who hates to be called Grandma, a quick witted old woman who loves her family and most of a good gossip. Her acting is spot on here, she seems to have a better chemistry with Aniston than Ruffalo does, and she simply lights up the scenes she is in. To be honest, I feel that without her, the film would be almost unwatchable as she really did hold it altogether. Mena Suvari and Richard Jenkins do a good job as Sarah's sister Annie and her father Earl, but don't add anything spectacular to an already failing movie. Kevin Costner plays the womaniser Beau Borroughs, who holds the key to the secrets that Sarah wants revealed. He and Aniston really do have a wonderful on-screen chemistry and the scenes between the two were very well done, although I quickly found I hated his character and just wanted him off the screen!
Overall, I feel that this could have been so much better than it was. It has a pretty good cast, who, if they had any chemistry together could have turned out a pretty decent movie. As it is, the movie is pretty middle-of-the-road, not something you would remember seeing a year down the line, which is a shame. The whole "Graduate" idea is a good one, but again I feel that they missed the boat with this, instead choosing to really pursue an altogether different storyline. I am glad to have seen this, as I was curious after reading the reviews, but sadly I think I have to agree with most of them and just say that this is nothing spectacular and that it just could have been so much better.
Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Ted Griffin. Certificate: 12A. Running time is 96 minutes, or 1 hr 36 mins. You can buy the DVD on Play.com for £5 delivered, but to be honest, I would rent this one rather than buy it. My rental copy had no extras on it, which was disappointing.
Jennifer Aniston ... Sarah Huttinger
Kevin Costner ... Beau Burroughs
Shirley MacLaine ... Katharine Richelieu
Mark Ruffalo ... Jeff Daly
Richard Jenkins ... Earl Huttinger
Mena Suvari ... Annie Huttinger
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Having returned home with her fiancé for her sister's wedding, Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) starts to doubt whether she really is her father's daughter, especially when she discovers that her mother and her grand mother bother had relations with the same man, which was the basis of the book and film The Graduate. Desperate to discover the truth she goes in search of the man, Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner) who may be her father.
I first heard about "Rumour Has It" a couple of months before its cinematic release and with a star studded cast which includes Jennifer Anniston, Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Shirley MacLaine as well as having Rob Reiner at the helm I thought it may have a chance to standing out against the numerous other films in the romantic-comedy genre. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations, and whilst it is far from being the worst film to have graced the big screen, it is just another average film, which although watch able never really fires on all cylinders. For me this is a great shame as the premise of using the brilliant "The Graduate" as inspiration for a new story lends itself to a huge amount of scope, sadly hugely under worked in "Rumour Has IT"
To be honest the actual plot to the film is pretty good and throws up a few twists, some expected some not, which keeps you interested on what the outcome maybe, but then you can guess the outcome pretty much from the start. Ignoring the predictability, the attempt at extending the story of "The Graduate" to now encounter a third generation of the same family is indeed very clever and is probably the saving grace of this film. But at the same time, it lacks the intelligence and punch of the original film and that is mainly down to this trying to be a modern romantic-comedy. This issue is caused by the film struggling to decide what it really wants to be, is it a comedy, a romance or a drama, in fact it is a bit of each but the blend fails to work. The comedy at times is masterful, with Ruffalo putting across some great dead pan one liners, but then a lot of the time the comedy is pitiful and so generic that the jokes seem to have been used throughout numerous films and have a bit of the yawn factor about them. The romance, well to be honest what romance, there is no chemistry between any of the stars and the actual romantic element of the plot is seriously under worked, leaving me feeling empty to the feelings of any of the pivotal characters. Then there is the drama, and again the film provides some that actually works leaving me wondering as to what will happen, but then a lot of the drama feels like it has been thrown in as padding to try and make more of a plot which in my opinion really needed some serious re-writing. This Jack of all trades master of none approach leaves the film wanting of one real direction, but despite this it is still watch able and actually grows on you the more times you watch it.
One of my concerns when I saw that Jennifer Aniston was playing the lead was whether this would be yet another film which suffered the curse of "Friends", but thankfully Aniston manages to put in a much better performance than she usually does. The character of Sarah herself is pretty undefined and all we really learn is that she has a fiancé, she differs to the rest of her family in what she likes and is a little bit head strong, other than that the character really has no history. But in the case of this film it doesn't really give us a problem as the way Aniston brings the character to life is much more than is expected. But as mentioned earlier there is a huge problem, that being the lack of chemistry and everyone, including Aniston, seems to be playing their characters in isolation of everyone around them. The same can be said of Costner who despite this issue proves that he can act in a role other than action hero as he does a reasonable job in this "romantic" role. Where my issues do occur is in the performance of Mark Ruffalo as Jeff, Sarahs fiancé, who really doesn't seem to put his heart into it. His acting comes across as wooden and his delivery of lines is at times so monotone, especially in moments of drama, but then for a lot of the film his character is not the focus. But he really is the only major weak link in a film which also sees Shirley MacLaine and Richard Jenkins putting in very enjoyable performances.
Compared to director Rob Reiner's earlier films which include the brilliant "When Harry Met Sally" and the moving "Stand By Me" this really is a bit of a let down. Whilst there are some very nice touches about the film, they are few and far between and if I was truly cynical would say Reiner's heart was never really in it. In some ways I can see what he was trying to achieve with a feel ,which I would say was similar to that of Nancy Meyer's "Something's Gotta Give" but fails to deliver as many situations with real humour or any real empathy with the characters. Another disappointment is a soundtrack which although has some prominent tunes including "Moonlight Serenade" and "Baby, You've Got What It Takes" never really feels in touch with what is happening on the screen.
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For a film which possibly could have been one of the best romantic-comedies of recent years it failed to really deliver. It really struggles to decide what it wants to be, a comedy, a romance or a drama and this indecision really causes the film to fail to achieve anything more than just another average rom-com. Saying that, it is watch able despite the problems with an under worked plot, and lack of chemistry between the stars. Whilst it would never be top of my list of films I would recommend to others to watch it is still worth at least one viewing especially for anyone wanting a reasonable film to while away an hour and a half.
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Duration: 93 mins
Year of Release: 2005
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Rob Reiner
Writer(s): Ted Griffin
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Steve Sandvoss, Mena Suvari, Mike Vogel
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I loved the premise of this film when I heard it and thought it a great, original twist. The idea is that Charles Webb's novel 'The Graduate', and the subsequent film with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft were actually based on a real Californian family, and that Benjamin Braddock (The Graduate) slept with both mother and daughter. Fortunately the film doesn't try and keep us guessing as to which family it is, although it takes a while for the penny to drop for Jennifer Aniston as ditzy Sarah Huttinger. It is 1997 and Sarah and her secret fiancé Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) return to Pasadena for her sister Annie's (Mena Suvari) wedding. Early on we understand that her mother Jocelyn died when the girls were children and they were brought up by their dad Earl (Richard Jenkins) ably assisted by Grandma Katherine Richelieu (Shirley MacLaine). The night before Annie's wedding Katherine reveals to Sarah that her mother run off a week before her wedding and returned after a few days. Realising that she was born just shy on nine months after her parents' wedding Sarah thinks she has guessed as to why she looks different and has different tastes to the rest of her family.
The next day, even though it is hours before Annie's wedding Sarah goes to see her mother's best friend Mitzi (Kathy Bates) to see if she can throw any light onto who the mysterious man her mother ran off with. It is there that she realises that Beau Burroughs is the man who inspired The Graduate's Braddock, as well as the man her mother ran off with and possibly her own father (as well as ahving slept with her Grandma). After the wedding she tracks him down to San Francisco and leaves Jeff to fly home to New York alone. Sarah needs to address the questions she has about her own relationships whilst trying to find out if the charismatic Burroughs (Kevin Costner) could really be her father or just a cad hoping to get another notch in his bedpost.
OK, so the essentials of a good plot are all there, you have a fabulous cast, an experienced director in Rob Reiner but the film just doesn't work on so many levels. The Reiner of classic Late Eighties/Early Nineties films seems to have gone on holiday or given up. Is this really the same man who gave us 'A Few Good Men' and 'When Harry Met Sally'? Sure, there are no loose ends; everything you need to know has been heavy handedly shoved into the movie for you. You don't even need to be familiar with 'The Graduate' as all necessary references have been unsubtly shoe-horned into the story by Ted Griffin who has done better work on 2001's 'Ocean's Eleven'.
The cast are good although it is hard to tell Aniston's portrayal of Sarah Huttinger from Friends' Rachel Greene sometimes. Costner charms and convinces; MacLaine does her piece well, seemingly content with her status as being available for all good grandma roles. Ruffalo baffles me. He is a good looking chap and has charmed and impressed as romantic leads in previous films such as '13 Going on 30' but seems too straight and sensible to convince as a suitable partner for Sarah, and chemistry is lacking. I don't think anyone would have noticed if he had been replaced with a cardboard cut-out and he only really came alive at the end.
For a film that is allegedly a comedy, I laughed only once and I think Mena Suvari's comic timing is responsible for that rather than a witty script. The romance is cheesy and heavy handed and quite frankly the film just does not live up to its potential. The film has a 12 certificate due to sexual references. As my DVD was a rental there were no extras on it, other than the theatrical trailer which I didn't watch (why, when you have the whole film?) but a quick search on the web reveals that there isn't much anyway.
There are no current special offers on this film on the web at the moment, so you will have to shop around for the cheapest price. Personally, I'd recommend waiting until it came on TV.
My main bugbear? If it is 1997, why is it that no-one has a 'Rachel' haircut?
Rumour Has It brings together several people whose film career could usefully use a jolt. Kevin Costner, the excellent and pretty much unseen The Upside Of Anger aside, is long in need of a hit. Director Rob Reiner is some distance away from the heights of his big successes such as When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men. And the calibre of Jennifer Anistons movie CV has her still mainly regarded as Rachel from Friends. Sadly, Rumour Has It does none of them any favours. It follows Anistons quest to dig into her family history, believing as she does that her mother and grandmother inspired the book of The Graduate. Its a fun premise, yet the film does little with it. The script is lightweight, the humour is thin on the ground, and only good performances from Costner and the scene-stealing Shirley Maclaine lift it in any way. As for Rob Reiner, hes very much a director for hire here. Hes considerably far off his best work, and while Rumour Has It isnt, ultimately, a poor film, it is an entirely unessential and sparse one. A waste of all the talents concerned, each of whom is easily capable of bettering this.--Simon Brew