Rumor Has It… is a fairly typical Julia Roberts-style romantic comedy with a clever pop cultural twist that gives the movie a jolt of creativity and thematic depth. The typical part: The main character faces great fear about her current relationship, sees the alternative and makes a decision in the end. The clever concept: She learns that her deceased mother, too, wrestled these doubts … and it was all captured in a classic movie.
The movie starts in early 1960s Pasadena. Tedious and forced narration explains that there was once a young man seduced by the middle-aged wife of his father's business partner. He also spent a romantic weekend with the woman's daughter before she married another man just a week later. The entire event was then captured in Charles Webb's 1963 book (and later, movie) The Graduate and began a whirlwind of talk among the gossipy socialites of Pasadena: Is the story true? Who are the real-life Robinsons?
When the movie shifts to 1997 (a year picked for no apparent reason except to make stale references to Bill Clinton and the dotcom era), we meet Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston). Newly engaged and unhappy in her career, Sarah struggles to figure out who she is, what she wants in life, and what defines her. This wrestling is compounded by having to go home to Pasadena to a family she feels she has nothing in common with. Her soul-searching becomes an obsession after she realizes that her family could have been the Robinsons: Her mother and grandmother may have shared the same lover. Her mom, like her, may have searched for what real love means. And maybe, just maybe, Sarah is the result of the tryst documented in The Graduate—and that's the reason she never completely fit in with ...1
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