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Rumor Has It... (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 December 2005 (USA)
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Sarah Huttinger is a woman who learns that her family was the inspiration for the book and film "The Graduate" -- and that she just might be the offspring of the well-documented event.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
New Year's Eve M.C. (as Robert Lanza)
Pasadenan Wife
Pasadenan Wife


Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly has finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicate as suspect success author Beau Burroughs, she insists to get to meet him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on a true rumor.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otherwise Engaged  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,251 (Switzerland) (23 December 2005)


$42,996,140 (USA) (3 March 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Along with President Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, the picture on the far left is Beau (Kevin Costner) with Rob Reiner (the director). Hugh M. Hefner was originally supposed to be pictured, but Hefner objected at the last minute; Reiner was added in digitally. See more »


As Beau and Sarah are standing out front of the conference center after their initial meeting a cable car passes through the frame with an advertisement for a 2005 model Samsung flip phone on it, despite the established time frame of January 1997. See more »


Sarah: I said knock three times!
Jeff: Do you want me to go back out and do it again?
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Crazy Credits

"No real people are portrayed in this film. This is a fictional film, inspired by something that supposedly happened a long time ago." See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.13 (2009) See more »


So Tired
Written by Russ Morgan and Jack Stuart
Performed by Kay Starr
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Rumor Lacks It
6 July 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Rumor Has It' pretty much has all the technical ingredients: Good actors, interesting premise (a girl trying to find herself), excellent cinematography, breathtaking shots of America and a nice score. However, it's let down by the writing and direction. For a comedy, it's not so funny. Many of the jokes fall flat. For a drama, it just doesn't engage and a lot of it looks forced. The movie derails every now and then and the whole 'romantic' angle between Costner's Beau and Aniston's Sarah feels icky and looks unconvincing. Jennifer Aniston is in a confused Rachel Green mode (except here her character is not likable and she's a little too whiny). Mark Ruffalo does a decent job as the supportive boyfriend and shares a good chemistry with Aniston. Their scenes in the beginning are quite fun to watch. It's just the last scene that was a little less believable as Jeff seems to have forgiven Sarah too easily. Kevin Costner seems sleazy (when the character wasn't really meant to appear that way) and he and Aniston seem to lack chemistry. Mena Suvari has a pointless and thankless role. The last scene between her and Aniston just seemed ...well, forced. However, it is Shirley MacLaine who delivers the best performance. She provides all the laugh out loud moments but her role is too small to be the saving grace. Simply put, 'Rumor Has It' is a weak and confused film.

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