Tuesday 18th January 2022

Rumour Has It... (12A)
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Topfivefilms reviewer Paul Fonz has been on a long and well deserved holiday the past few weeks, but that hasn't stopped him from stepping out with his reviewer's hat on and sampling what the cinemas have to offer. Unfortunately, the subject of this review left a rather unpleasant taste in his mouth.

Jen was incensed when she heard the side of her breast wasn't worth the price of a cinema ticket
Jen was incensed when she heard the side of her breast wasn't worth the price of a cinema ticket

Rumour Has It... is the Jennifer Aniston vehicle that is loosely based on the 1967 cinema classic The Graduate. Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a soon-to-be-married thirty-something who returns home to Pasadena, California for her sister's wedding. In between dodging relatives and avoiding awkward conversations Sarah starts to uncover some interesting facts about her deceased mother's past.

As the film unfolds, it turns out that The Graduate was in fact based on true events and the real life Elaine Robinson was Sarah's mother. Sarah decides to try and hunt down the real life Benjamin Braddock (Kevin Costner), who was so memorably played by Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role.

The idea of The Graduate being a true story is quite interesting, but when I heard that it was being developed into a film, I couldn't really see how anyone could get enough mileage out of it to provide ninety minutes of original and engaging storyline. Indeed, the finished product does seem to be as half-baked as the idea upon which it is based, and fails to develop the premise into anything other than a basic relationship-based comedy that isn't particularly moving or funny.

On the plus side, you do get to watch Jennifer Aniston looking characteristically attractive for an hour and a half, and there is even a brief glimpse of the side of her right breast on offer, but even that doesn't really warrant the price of the cinema ticket. This week, viewers would be better off seeking an alternative title from the current slew of high quality releases, such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Brokeback Mountain or King Kong.

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Length: 96 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 27th January 2006

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