Rumor Has It...
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A woman, who is having commitment issues with her current fiancé, decides to go home for her sister’s wedding. When it's revealed that her wacky family may have been the inspiration for the film THE GRADUATE, she starts to investigate with some shocking results.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ever since Rob Reiner directed the underrated GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI and got slammed for it by Spike Lee, something has changed. The man who went from everyone’s favorite meathead to a director of such unforgettable films as THIS IS SPINAL TAP, STAND BY ME and MISERY seems to have just given up and moved happily into directing fluff. Such trite as THE STORY OF US, ALEX & EMMA, and now RUMOR HAS IT… show a definitive downslide in the career of a man who prided himself on telling a great story. Why is RUMOR HAS IT… that bad? Well, it’s a perfect triangle. In one corner (the most important one!), you have the script, filled with all the clichés and one liners one has come to expect from a flick like this. But even as a story, the script is uneven, not to mention wholly unoriginal. The writer here, Ted Griffin, takes the some of his story elements from the classic film THE GRADUATE, and tries to incorporate it into a sorry little Jennifer Aniston vehicle - the result is embarrassing.
This leads us to the next corner, the cast. Why did acting powerhouses like Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner agree to grace this fiasco with their presence? Costner gives the film it’s only charisma, which isn’t great since he’s not even one of the leads. MacLaine is the only funny and shining star in the film, but didn’t she win an Oscar for playing this role already? As for Aniston, she comes off so drab and disconnected in this “heartwarming” flick, that it’s as if she was doing the character from THE GOOD GIRL. (And isn’t this one supposed to be a comedy?) In the final corner, we are left with the direction by Reiner. As if directing with a blindfold on, everything here seems staged and badly. The chemistry between everyone (Aniston and Costner, Aniston and a totally wasted Mark Ruffalo, ect.) is non-existent, the scenes all over the place, and the style, well… there is no style. It almost seems like the editor just cut pieces together to get the damn movie done. My advice to Reiner is: don’t listen to Spike or the critics. (Except for me!) Go back to doing the work that showed off what you do best and let everyone who dislikes it be damned. Because at one time, you were one hell of a director or rumor has it…
(And thanks a lot Spike!)
With the exclusion of any sort of extras, featurettes or commentaries, Warner Bros. has given me a bright green light to be able to say avoid this one like the plague. (Thanks guys!)
The only thing worse then a fluff film, with a bad script and unoriginal directing, is having the film chocked full of great actors. They all, with the exception of the uber-drab Aniston, deserve so much better. Director Reiner needs to go back to creating the magical work that has made him so famous. With so many piles of great scripts out there that will never see the light of day, RUMOR HAS IT… should have been left at the very bottom of the pile.