Rumor Has It… (2005)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine
Rumor Has It… is a film about the film and novel “The Graduate.” Well… not exactly, it’s more based on the rumor of who is the ‘real’ Mrs. Robinson and Benjamin Braddock from Pasadena. Years later, when the buzz around the rumor has faded, Sarah Huttington (Aniston) who recently got engaged with a hunky New York lawyer, Jeff Daly (Ruffalo)goes home to Pasadena with Jeff to attend her younger sister, Annie’s (Suvari) wedding. But with Jeff’s attentiveness to detail, he informs Sarah that she is conceived before her parents’ marriage. With Sarah’s constant beliefs that she is the black sheep of the family and that she is the opposite of her father and sister, she begins to find clues that makes her suspect that her dad Earl (Jenkins) may not be her biological father. After much investigation into the matter, Sarah is convinced that “The Graduate” is based on her family, and that she is the daughter of Beau Burroughs (Costner), a successful author who once captivated her mother’s attention as well as her grandmother’s (MacLaine). Sarah then tracks down Beau for answers, only to find herself learning more about who she really is, what she wants in life, and whether Jeff is the right man for her.
Although the film is categorized as a rom-com, I find it more suitably termed as a drama and romance story. There were moments that would make you laugh, but most of the time it had a more serious tone, focusing on the protagonist’s search for her true identity, her answers to love, and mainly how she fits in with her family. Jennifer Aniston carried the film with relatively ease, and all I could remember from it was the blue dress her character Sarah wore. I did enjoy Shirley MacLaine’s performance as the distant yet caring grandma, and Mark Ruffalo’s character as the perfect boyfriend/fiancé.
I could see what the writers were trying to do with the storyline, with some wit added to make it more interesting, and The Graduate plotline driving most of the story. However, something is lacking from the film that could have made it more flavorful and interesting to watch. I’m not sure is it because there was a sudden jump in the story when Sarah meets Beau, or is it because it was just all too simple.
Overall, it’s just your average romantic film. Great for a Sunday evening to relax with.
Rating: 5 out of 10