Rumor Has It..

  • 12
  • Rob Reiner (2005)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

The premise of this romantic comedy is: what if a young woman discovered that her family was the template for The Graduate? In one of the many ludicrous twists that shape director Rob Reiner's movie, the now middle-aged inspiration for stuttering geek Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 classic) is smooth-talking stud Kevin Costner. He charms Jennifer Aniston, the soon-to-be-wed granddaughter of Shirley MacLaine (the "real" Mrs Robinson), then actually gloats about bedding three generations of the same family! It's a vomit-inducing concept that isn't helped by a dizzying plot that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction. Rather than playing to Aniston's deadpan sensibility, Reiner has her bouncing off walls like a clockwork toy that's been wound too tight. While at the other extreme, Shirley MacLaine sleepwalks between whisky sours and stinging one-liners. The end result is disorientating and dull - more likely to get tongues lolling than wagging.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner. Sarah Huttinger is less than thrilled about returning home for her sister's wedding, having always felt the odd one out. She then learns of a family rumour from her sharp-tongued grandmother that might shed some light on her status as the black sheep of the Huttinger clan.

Cast and crew


Sarah Huttinger
Jennifer Aniston
Beau Burroughs
Kevin Costner
Katharine Richelieu
Shirley MacLaine
Jeff Daly
Mark Ruffalo
Earl Huttinger
Richard Jenkins
Roger McManus
Christopher McDonald
Steve Sandvoss
Annie Huttinger
Mena Suvari
Blake Burroughs
Mike Vogel
Young Katharine
Lisa Vachon
Katharine's friend
Kathy Bates


Rob Reiner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Jan 2006
Certificate 12