Gossip (I) (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 April 2000 (USA)
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Three college students base their class project around gossip and how fast it spreads, which soon spirals out of control.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kwok-Wing Leung ...
Chinese Man
Poe ...
Female Singer
Club Dancer
Kenya Massey ...
Club Dancer


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 »





Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rumores  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,321,729 (USA) (21 April 2000)


£784,921 (UK) (8 September 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The woman singing at the club in the beginning of the movie is singer Poe, who also provided the song "Our Lips are Sealed" for the soundtrack, which she is performing in the scene. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, the scratches on Derrick's face appear to be almost healed. However, in the final scene the scratches are shown to be open and fresh for one shot, then are healed again. See more »


[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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Referenced in Heist (2001) See more »


Based on "At the Sign of the Swingin' Cymbal"
Written by Brian Fahey
Performed by The Propellerheads
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Well done, and interesting.
13 January 2001 | by (San Mateo, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare current films which takes the trouble to combine good acting and an interesting plot with excellent filming and directing. The viewer is left to think about the "harmless" thing called gossip, and about the views and moral codes of today's young generation. It is pleasant to note that the characters are quite realistic. We have all known, in high school and college such "artistic weirdos" as Travis, such hysterical "golden girls" as Naomi, such intellectuals as Kathy Jones, and such successful athletes as Derrick--popular and admired, and yet feared somehow, for the little diabolical flash in their behavior. It is a tribute to the talent and skill of these actors that they inspire belief in the viewer while playing the roles of abstracts. It should be noted particularly that James Marsden, usually an underestimated actor, manages by his skill to inspire sympathy, and in the end, a certain amount of bewildered admiration for his character. One may argue whether lying and manipulation are immoral--but doing both of them well, and professionally, is worthy of respect. To conclude--this is a film that is rare in the genre of youth films, in that it gets the viewer to sit back and think about the life these characters live, and the life which all of us saw firsthand in school and college. The life of gossip, of lies, rumors, reputations . . . a life in which words have power over reality. The Director shows this well, and the talented and skilled actors make us believe in the reality of their characters, their deeds, their emotions, and their thoughts.

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