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Fast-Paised review: ‘Rumor Has It...'

Big question: Imagine this: You learn the 1967 film "The Graduate" was based on your family, as Jennifer Aniston's character does. You find this out shortly after getting engaged. Do you inexplicably decide to ditch your fiancé for the man who slept with your grandma (the real-life Mrs. Robinson) and now-deceased mother?

Skip it: "Rumor Has It…" is an unfunny and deceivingly good-natured comedy about people shrugging off familial betrayal. Rumors become facts within minutes; deception and infidelity result in mere slaps on the wrist; and conflicts are left as unresolved as the film's title.

Catch it if: You want your family's issues to seem less complicated.

Bottom line: Director Rob Reiner maintains a weirdly lighthearted tone throughout scenes of heartbreak, and self-absorbed characters backstab with a smile. Just in time for the holidays, the manipulative "Rumor Has It…" is as glazed and cooked as a Christmas ham.

Bonus: Delivering the film's only standout performance, Kevin Costner proves he wasn't in an acting slump; he just needed to find a character who's never played baseball!



`Rumor Has It...'

Directed by Rob Reiner; written by T.M. Griffin; photographed by Peter Deming; edited by Robert Leighton; production designed by Tom Sanders; music by Marc Shaiman; produced by Paula Weinstein and Ben Cosgrove. A Warner Bros. Pictures release; opens Sunday, Dec. 25. Running time: 1:37. MPAA rating: PG-13 (mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference).

Sarah Huttinger -- Jennifer Aniston

Beau Burroughs -- Kevin Costner

Katharine -- Shirley MacLaine

Jeff -- Mark Ruffalo

Annie Huttinger -- Mena Suvari

Earl Huttinger -- Richard Jenkins

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