Rumor has it Jennifer Aniston is still looking pretty hot at the age of 37. Rumor also has it that her new movie, "Rumor Has It," is a little better than the critics gave it credit. Rumors sure can spread, huh?
Aniston stars as Sarah Huttinger, a woman struggling with the fact that her job sucks, her younger sister is getting married before her and her fiance (Mark Ruffalo) isn't the most adventurous guy out there. To make matters worse, she has just discovered that her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine), and her mother, both slept with the same man, and that man is the author of "The Graduate." Is her dad not really her dad? And is this mysterious man (Kevin Costner), who she slept with, actually her father?
Funny at times but never laugh-out-loud so, "Rumor Has It" is a decent little film that engages the mind just long enough to warrant an hour and a half running time. Neither the jokes nor humor could have sustained more than that, but thankfully the film is short, to-the-point and mildly entertaining. The cast does a good job, but none of them really explode on screen. Aniston is perhaps a bit too laid back, and Shirley MacLaine isn't in the movie enough to show off her fun character. Costner could have been great in this movie, but his character isn't given enough screen time. Ruffalo is probably the best, but even he is relegated to a secondary, more serious character.
Like Aniston, the screenplay is also laid back; it takes a more realistic approach to most events in the movie, which both works and doesn't work depending on how you look at it. You can tell the screenwriters attempted to throw in a few zany moments to spruce things up, but thankfully the screenplay is balanced pretty well. At the same time, while the movie is entertaining, nothing really stands out enough to warrant a second viewing. This movie will be quickly forgotten.
"Rumor Has It" is an entertaining little comedy-drama, but given its cast and concept, it could have been a lot better. Certainly worth a cheap rental on a rainy Friday night.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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