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Sarah Huttinger is in a fog. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff, but isn't at all sure that marriage is what she really wants. Now she's on her way home to attend her sister's wedding, which means spending a lot of time with the tennis-obsessed Pasadena family that she's never felt quite a part of. It isn't until Sarah stumbles into a well-kept family secret that she starts to question her roots and sets off in search of the man who may have the answers she's looking for.
Romantic Comedy - This is a light romantic comedy for adults. There is a bit of sex
humor, but it is largely of the verbal innuendo variety. Although
the film references The Graduate heavily, familiarity with the
film is not necessary.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average With all of that instability, it's no wonder that the final production is an unfocused mess, with poor chemistry all around and an ending that's as firm and satisfying as an overcooked noodle.
Roger EbertFull Review Good This is not a great movie, but it's very watchable and has some good laughs. The casting of Aniston is crucial, because she's the heroine of this story, and the way it's put together there's danger of her becoming the shuttlecock.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 178 moviegoers: Very good opinions, but not great, except from the teens, they loved "Rumor Has It." Adult females make up the biggest portion of the opinions and over three-quarters of them enjoyed "Rumor Has It" very much. Also, the remaining ones rated it as an OK/average movie and no one disliked it. The twentysomething female opinions were about the same so I have no problem highly recommending "Rumor Has It" to all the ladies.
The adult male opinions are just a little lower than that of the ladies so I can also recommend this movie to the guys. This makes it a great date movie. As for the twentysomething males, it's a 50/50 proposition. About half really enjoyed it and half thought it was OK/average. That's pretty low but not too bad since no one actually disliked it.
Sarah Huttinger (JENNIFER ANISTON) is in a tailspin.
She has agreed to marry her boyfriend, Jeff (MARK RUFFALO), but is terrified of going through with it. Her journalism career has stalled out at the obituary desk of The New York Times. And now, her sister, Annie (MENA SUVARI) is plunging into marriage with her tennis partner and Sarah must return home to Pasadena, California, to attend the wedding …which means spending time with her family.
For as long as Sarah can remember, she has been the black sheep of her family, never knowing where she fits in. While she loves her father and sister, she can't relate to their contented lives of country clubs and tennis matches. And for her, going home is like staring down the gauntlet of the dull, settled-down life she fears is yawning out before her.
The only thing that makes the trip bearable is the company of her acerbic grandmother Katharine (SHIRLEY MacLAINE), who lets it slip that Sarah is not the first one in the family to get cold feet – that, in fact, thirty years ago, Sarah's late mother ran off with a mysterious young man days before her wedding to Sarah's father.
Curiously, around the same time, there was a rumor about a young woman who ran off with a young man who had been seduced by the woman's mother, creating a huge scandal in Pasadena. The rumor became a book, and the book became a film. Now, in the midst of her sister's wedding, Sarah finds herself frantically searching for a copy of 1967 film The Graduate, believing her family may have been the inspiration for the story, with Katharine as the older woman and Sarah's own mother as the young man's true love. Which leaves one question: who is the young man?
Believing the long-ago story may hold the key to her true identity, Sarah puts Jeff on a plane to New York and detours to San Francisco to look up her mother's classmate, Beau Burroughs (KEVIN COSTNER), who is now a famous internet billionaire
What she finds is definitely not her long-lost father, but someone even she could fall in love with … or at least into bed. This strange encounter with a man who embodies all the adventure and excitement she thought she longed for leads her spiraling back to what she knows best and understands least – her family.