Jennifer Aniston's movie Rumor Has It is an average movie with an above-average premise: The Graduate was based partly on fact, and the family members of Aniston's character are central to the story.
Aniston plays Sarah Hattinger, a conflicted and complicated woman who finds herself in a pre-mid-life crisis. Hattinger is frightened, feels alone and is unsure of herself. Searching for life meaning, she stumbles onto the information that The Graduate was based in part on the lives of her grandmother and her mother. This causes her to seek out the film's Benjamin Braddock inspiration, played by Kevin Costner. Costner plays the role with subtle humor and sensitivity, and his is a terrific supporting role.
Rumor Has It-like The Graduate in the 60s-is a film about uncertainty. At it's core, it is about that stage of our lives when many of us pause and ask: "Now what?" The answer to that question puts us on a path toward the rest of our lives. In Hattinger's case, she makes the decision the audience wants, which I thought was the wrong way to end the film. It wasn't authentic, and seemed dishonest. So, average flick to rent when you have little else to choose from. **