Rumor Has It…


“I’m not drunk, I just think you’re better off just renting The Graduate.”

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Rob Reiner. Written by Ted Griffin. Running time: 96 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference).


This is the story of the real family behind the book that became a movie and the movie that became legendary. This movie presumes that there was actually a guy that slept with a woman, then fell for the daughter and slept with her too. The movie also presumes that Jenny Aniston is the granddaughter of the first woman and the daughter of the other.


This character exclaims “Go to the video store and get me a copy of The Graduate!” And from there we have Jenny looking for the actual Dustin Hoffman character, who incidentally looks a lot like Kevin Costner. You can guess what happens next (this is a comedy) Jenny finds Costner, gets drunk and sleeps with him only to realize that because of her age and considering where her mother was all those years ago and more importantly who she was with, Jenny might have very well just slept with her father.


This movie was directed by one of my idols. Rob Reiner is responsible for several favorites of mine, including When Harry Met Sally and the Princess Bride, not to mention Misery, A Few Good Men and This is Spinal Tap. But recently Rob has been not so lucky. The Story of Us with Bruce Willis was ok and had potential, but the ending lacked any bravery of any kind and fell flat. The same is true with Rumor Has It. It chickens out of an interesting and disturbing situation and does so with such stupidity that I was just left in my seat completely detached from this film. This film is worth seeing, but only to remind you of how good Rob Reiner used to be.

~ by fumikaelson on May 17, 2006.

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