Friday, December 30, 2005

Rumor Has It

Being in the mood for light entertainment, Judy and I went to see Rumor Has It this afternoon. The audience looked about like what you'd expect: a bunch of old ginks who'd all seen The Graduate 40 years or so ago and wanted to see what this new riff on it was like. I think they all went away happy, or at least smiling.

Kevin Costner is fine, and I'm glad to see that he appears to have given up being the savior of various post-apocalyptic worlds, Shirley MacLaine is just about perfect as the even older Mrs. Robinson, and Jennifer Anniston does a good job of playing the confused young woman who might nor might not be the daughter of Benjamin Braddock (or Beau Burroughs, or whoever). I have to admit that I do find it a little hard to belive that it's never occurred to her Sarah Huttinger character that her birth occurred a little too soon after her parents' marriage. Kids wonder about stuff like that, don't they?

This isn't the kind of movie that's going to change anybody's life or make anyone's "Ten Best" list, but it's fun and it's nostalgic for those of us who remember seeing The Graduate on the big screen in its first release. There are lots worse things you could spend your money on.


Pat B. said...

Bill, thanks for your comments on "Rumor Has It." That's one I really want to see. I'm a Shirley MacLaine fan from Way Back. (That's Way Back, Oklahoma.)

By the way, I thought your Q&A with Lonnie Cruse was one of the best I've read. Sorry I was so slow in getting around to compliment both of you.
Happy New Year!

Bill said...

Better check Lee Goldberg's blog before you go to the movie. He hated it.

Thanks for the comment on the interview. Lonnie's doing a lot of good ones.

Pat B. said...

I took your advice, and got a laugh out of Lee's post. He didn't care much for the movie except for Shirley Maclaine but his real gripe seems to be with the costs and the theater and the audience, and I can identify there.

I think the ticket price here is $5. The theater is crappy and the audience is noisy but for $5, what the heck? I think Anniston is homely (and I'm prepared not to like her) but I like Costner and love Maclaine. Sounds like a little old lady talking. Well ... (-:

Happy New Year!