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Rumor Has It... (PG-13)

Release Date: December 25th, 2005 by Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Steve Sandvoss, Mena Suvari, Mike Vogel.
Directed by Rob Reiner.

BASIC PREMISE: When Sarah (Aniston) realizes that The Graduate was based on her family’s history, she hunts down Beau Bridges (Costner) to find out if he happens to be her real father since he had once slept with her mother and her grandmother (MacLaine).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Rumor Has It… is mostly just a failed attempt to make you laugh. The funniest scenes are in the trailer. The first act does have great promise, though as Sarah gradually learns about a secret lover from her family’s history after watching The Graduate . She has very little chemistry with her boyfriend, Jeff (Ruffalo) whom she leaves behind while she looks for Beau Bridges. She also leaves behind her sister Annie (Suvari), her father Earl (Jenkins), and her crazy grandmother, Katherine, played by the marvelous Shirley MacLaine. Sarah has very little to do during the second act where she stalks Beau and, in a very cringe-worthy scene, ends up sleeping with him. Kostner does his best to enliven the plot, but he has very little material. Mark Ruffalo, who was great in You Can Count on Me , gives a mediocre performance and looks bored most of the time. The stilted script makes for too many unrealistic, contrived scenes while the poor, choppy editing is quite distracting at times. The only true source of comedy is MacLaine, who looks dazzling and bites into every one of her few snappy lines. In her small role, she gives resonates more warmth and panache than the rest of the cast combined.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Minimal plot, stilted script with jokes that fall flat, and not enough scenes with Shirley MacLaine!


THE BOTTOM LINE: Mostly unfunny, contrived, and ultimately forgettable.


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