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At Theaters: 12/25/2005 On Video: 5/9/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 459955
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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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.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jennifer Aniston DERAILED, ALONG CAME POLLY, BRUCE ALMIGHTY
Kevin Costner THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, DRAGONFLY
Shirley MacLaine IN HER SHOES, BEWITCHED, THE EVENING STAR
Mark Ruffalo JUST LIKE HEAVEN, COLLATERAL, 13 GOING ON 30
Mena Suvari DOMINO, BEAUTY SHOP, THE MUSKETEER, LOSER
Richard Jenkins FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, NORTH COUNTRY
Director: Rob Reiner ALEX & EMMA, THE STORY OF US
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About The Story
About The Production
About The Graduate
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Mild comic sex talk; fleeting non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Verbal humor, usually suggestive; physical gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 178 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
17
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
41
High
90%
30+Adults (F)
90
High
97%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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