RUMOR HAS IT: With the romantic comedy RUMOR HAS IT, director Rob
Reiner (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY) attempts the tricky task of creating
a film based on an already celebrated classic, 1967's THE GRADUATE.
Starring Dustin Hoffman and based on a novel by Charlie Webb, the
original film revolved around the love triangle between a recent
college-graduate, his girlfriend, and her famously seductive
mother. Here, Reiner casts a chain-smoking Shirley MacLaine as the
supposed real-life inspiration for Mrs. Robinson, and Jennifer
Aniston as her granddaughter. Set for the most part within the
gossipy community of Pasadena, California, the film follows Sarah
Huttinger (Aniston) and her fiancé (Mark Ruffalo) as they travel
home for her perky sister's (Mena Suvari) wedding. Having nothing
in common with her family, Sarah is intrigued upon learning that
she may actually be the secret love child of her deceased mother
and Beau Borroughs (Kevin Costner), the man whose affairs with both
Sarah's mother and grandmother supposedly inspired Charlie Webb, a
classmate and friend of Beau, to write THE GRADUATE. From here,
Sarah seeks out Beau, interested in him as a father-like figure and
possibly more. MUST LOVE DOGS: John Cusack and Diane Lane star in
this romantic comedy titled after a personal ad on the Internet.
Eight months after getting divorced, downtrodden preschool teacher
Sarah (Lane) is wary of re-entering the dating pool. Seeing her
reluctance as a cry for help, Sarah's large, jovial family plans an
intervention. While Sarah does not appreciate being bombarded by
photographs and phone numbers of potential mates (half of whom are
married), even she can see that her most meaningful relationship
should not be with her brother's dog--a loveable Newfoundland named
Mother Theresa. After Sara answers personal ads with
less-than-thrilling results, her sister Carol (Elizabeth Perkins)
takes things into her own hands, secretly posting an online-dating
profile on Sarah's behalf. In a familiar montage of first-date
scenarios, Sarah meets one unappealing prospective bachelor after
another: one who can't stop talking about himself, another who
can't stop crying, one with an affinity for bondage, etc. But when
she meets recently divorced Jake (Cusack), something clicks. While
their meeting is somewhat awkward, it makes enough of an impression
on Jake that he wants a second chance. From here, the two embark on
a clumsy courtship complicated by misunderstandings, mishaps, and
another equally charming suitor, Bob (Dermot Mulroney). While doing
her best to navigate the unfamiliar world of modern-day romance,
Sarah learns that sometimes finding Mr. Right means taking a
chance. Christopher Plummer and Stockard Channing are excellent in
their respective roles as Sarah's widowed father, Bill, and his new
girlfriend (a compulsive Internet-dater) Dolly.
Warner Home Video
• Jennifer Aniston
• Nora Ephron
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