Rumor Has It
Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) is a New York Times journalist who is stuck writing the obituary column. Sarah has just gotten engaged to Jeff Daly (Mark Ruffalo), and she is not sure she is ready for marriage. They fly to Pasadena to attend her younger sister’s wedding, and Sarah wants to keep the engagement quiet. Sarah tells Jeff that her family it a typical Pasadena tennis-playing family that is obsessed with the City of Pasadena and NFL football. Sarah has never fit in with her family, and she wonders why. She uncovers a secret about her family involving Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), a wealthy internet business genius. Rumor has it that “The Graduate” (book and movie) was based on his life. Sarah searches for the truth and becomes an addition to the tale.
“Rumor Has It” is a cute flick. It sure didn’t have an incredible amount of substance but the cameos by such film favorites as Kathy Bates in this extension of the classic film “The Graduate” made enduring some of the more predictable circumstances worthwhile. I would have to agree with the many critics who cited Aniston as playing the same type of part as usual (cute, funny, girl-next-door) but if it works, and it certainly does in this film, why not go with it? Although there were a few laugh-out-loud scenes involving her lovingly dysfunctional family, the very foundation of this movie prevents it from receiving a family-friendly seal.