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Gossip (2000)

Three college students base their class project around gossip and how fast it spreads, which soon spirals out of control.

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On a beautiful college campus, something ugly is about to be spread around. A bit of gossip that was told is starting to take a frightening turn. Who could it have offended and how far will the person on the other side of the gossip handle the embarrassing situation. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

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Rated R for sexual content including language, and for brief violence | See all certifications »
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21 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,321,729, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,108,820, 18 June 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,591,270
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It was Marrisa's idea to be in the hallway scene when Derrick walks past Naomi's apartment when the police are searching. See more »

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During the fight between Beau and Derrick, Beau punches Derrick in the face, but James Marsden's head moves in reaction to the punch before it has even landed. See more »

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[first lines]
Jones: I'm a girl with a problem. It's not like I don't know better. But I seem to have gotten myself involved a very tempting situation.
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References Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »

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After All
Written by Richard Butler & Marti Frederiksen
Performed by Richard Butler
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Slick, well-balanced, dramatically filmed, tense
1 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I viewed Gossip in a classroom setting with 26 college freshmen as a unit in a class devoted to transition to college. I was pleasantly surprised at the discussion engendered by viewing the film in a classroom setting. The students responded enthusiastically and thoughtfully to the many ethical issues presented. I recommend the film for this purpose.

The first 80 minutes or so of this 90 minute suspense thriller reminded me of some of the earlier films of Brian DePalma. It is nicely shot at an urban university (NYU?), and the colors and angles add to the introduction of the main plot device - an "innocent" rumor started as a group project for a communications arts class. Notice how many right angles and sharp points are present in the party and residential settings. The students felt this contributed to the intended feeling of edginess engendered by the first 20 minutes.

The first 80 minutes are well-conceived and intricately-plotted. The plot reveals itself at an excruciatingly pleasurable pace, and a nice twist is that the character of Derek appears to know no more than we, the audience, do.

The ending is abrupt and somewhat derivative, but, in post-viewing discussion, we were able to identify a number of clues to the ending which the director has sprinkled throughout.

A dark, cine noir feeling to the production results in a film a bit out of step with the 21st century, but one that should be satisfying to fans of the genre.


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