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Parents' Guide to

Rumor Has It...

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Awkward, unfunny, and not meant for kids.

Movie PG-13 2005 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Welcome to a materialistic, morally bankrupt world

If I were from Pasadena, I’d be insulted.
age 18+

Sick demented demoralizing perversion

A man who takes advantage of a young lady who could possibly be his daughter when she is drunk and emotionally vulnerable is disgusting. Then think about the fact that he had relations with the grandmother, mother and daughter from the same family. The acting was horrible. This is inappropriate for me as a 51 year old man. I spent 2!days pondering about the egotistical macho perversion and made me angry. This is mot for anyone - it’s just disgusting! The 18 and up rating is incorrect - the movie should be removed from existence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Rumor Has It... is awkward and unfunny. While Sarah's grandmother, the chain-smoking, haughty Katherine Richelieu (Shirley MacLaine), offers comic moments, the movie pretty much abandons her once Sarah finds the model for Benjamin Braddock. Never thinking just to ask her father, Earl (Richard Jenkins), about her dead mother's past, Sarah instead imagines her mom was happiest with this other man, as they spent a weekend in Mexico just before her marriage to Earl.

The film perks up briefly when Beau heads to Pasadena, where he encounters Katherine. Unimaginatively accompanied by Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western theme, she stalks out to confront her erstwhile lover, and then, pfft. The film retreats from this sparky relationship, so full of raw resentment and regrets, to refocus on the terminally dull Sarah.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 25, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: May 9, 2006
  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston , Kevin Costner , Shirley MacLaine
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference.
  • Last updated: October 7, 2023

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