Rumour Has It

Year: 2006
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley Maclaine, Richard Jenkins, Mena Suvari, Mark Ruffalo
Another idea in search of a movie. Also proof that people like Jennifer Aniston, who are doubtlessly good at picking good projects that occasionally to broaden their range (The Good Girl) always come back to the same sort of self-referential romantic comedy Hollywood and Hollywood players loves.

And it's not self-referential because it riffs on a particular movie, it's just that all these films have such strong conventions and mannerisms they all look the same.

Suddenly believing the film The Graduate is based on her own family, and that her irreverent grandmother is Mrs Robinson, a stereotypical neurotic New York Jewish girl (Aniston) can't sleep until she learns the truth behind the man who's been through most of the women in her family. She meets him (Costner), now an IT billionaire, and promptly falls under his charms too.

It gets a little darker and more serious as the secrets start to emerge, but never far from the middle of the road. Aniston carries the movie affably, Maclaine is great as the incendiary family matriarch, and Costner looks old, tired and disinterested. It's his Monster in Law return (so called because of a return to the screen after a long absence in the worst possible film, a la Jane Fonda.

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