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RUMOUR HAS IT: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) learns that members of her family were the inspiration for the book and film, The Graduate - and surmises that she just might be the offspring of the liaison. She puts her upcoming marriage to Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) on hold to investigate this shocking revelation and eventually comes to discover that the woman who was the muse for the legendary Anne Bancroft character, Mrs. Robinson, is none other than her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine). She also meets the man who might be her father, Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner).

Review by Louise Keller:
The story's a stretch, but there's something intrinsically likeable about the characters in Rumor Has It, an improbable romantic comedy about life, love and getting laid. Shirley MacLaine gets the best lines as sharp-witted, cynical and world-weary Catherine ('don't call me Grandmother'), who tosses barbs as a gun-slinger shoots to kill. 'You want more out of life? Join the queue, kid,' she tells Jennifer Aniston's unsure-in-love Sarah at the wedding of her ditzy younger sister Annie (Mena Suvari).

This is lightweight material for screenwriter Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven, Matchstick Men), but with the sure touch of director Rob Reiner, somehow all the relationships and misadventures jigsaw their way to a happy ending. The film starts rather badly with an unfunny scene in an airplane toilet, in which both Aniston and Mark Ruffalo look awkward and uncomfortable. But things start to spark when they arrive at their destination, and the glint in MacLaine's eyes tell us we are about to have fun. Fun it is with an amusingly dysfunctional family, and watch out for a delicious cameo by Kathy Bates, too, as a Bloody Mary lover.

The notion that the film, The Graduate, was based on Sarah's family, leads into far-fetched script opportunities, and by the time Sarah wakes up at a seaside villa in San Francisco not knowing where she is, we have been kidnapped by the fantasy. After all, this is the kind of film where the central character can go from jeans to a slinky ball gown in just the blink of an eye. It's thanks to the charisma of Aniston, Ruffalo and Kevin Costner as the smooth-talking vintage charmer (aptly named Beau) that we stay engaged and enjoy the ride.

The characters are flawed, the banter is funny and with its filmic references and pleasing soundtrack, RumoUr Has It is a light and bright romantic fantasy with which to escape.

Published June 1, 2006

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RUMOUR HAS IT: DVD (M)
(US, 2005)

CAST: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Mena Suvari

PRODUCER: Ben Cosgrove, Paula Weinstein

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner

SCRIPT: Ted Griffin

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Deming

EDITOR: Robert Leighton

MUSIC: Marc Shaiman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Thomas E. Sanders

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 5, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 4, 2006







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