Rumor Has It… (HD DVD)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

As the television show “Friends” ended, Jennifer Aniston’s career as a “movie star” is just beginning. She teamed with Clive Owen in the thriller “Derailed” and this romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner is her follow-up to that (her next is another romantic comedy entitled “The Break Up” with Vince Vaughn later this year). Of all the “Friends”, Aniston’s future looks the brightest. I’ve been a fan of Rob Reiner’s movies for years mainly because he has a broad range. If you look at his films, the same man has directed great comedies (“This is Spinal Tap”, “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Princess Bride”), dramas (“Stand by Me” and “A Few Good Men”) and plenty in between. “Rumor Has It…” has an all-star cast and a very interesting twist in the storyline (I’ll get to that a little later, though).

Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) is engaged to nice guy lawyer Jeff Daly (Mark Ruffalo). As the two head back to Pasadena, CA for her sister’s (Mena Suvari) wedding they decide not to tell their family that they’re getting married so as not to steal any of the thunder from her sister. Sarah’s always been the black sheep of her family and she doesn’t really know why. However it’s suggested to her that she might not be the biological offspring of her parents. It seems that the book and movie “The Graduate” were based on a family in the Pasadena, CA area and that Sarah’s grandmother (Shirley McClaine) just might be the actual “Mrs. Robinson”. This consumes her and she sets out to find out who her real parents are. This leads her to Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), an internet millionaire who she believes to be her father. Things go from bad to worse when she sleeps with him and I’ll leave the rest up to the viewer.

“Rumor Has It…” is an interesting film with an interesting premise. Shirley McClaine is in top form at the ripe age of 72 and steals nearly every scene she’s in. For some odd reason the movie is supposed to take place in 1997. I’m assuming that they couldn’t pass off Jennifer Aniston as a 44 year old (the affair was set to take place in 1962, so in 1997 she’d be 37 years old) though nothing looks too dated. If you take the movie with a grain of salt, you’ll enjoy it. Howver, given the star power here, I was expecting a bit more. Aniston plays is well though I’ve seen her do better in some more risky roles. Still, the film has some classic Rob Reiner moments and even Kevin Costner plays is low key (which is always good for him). Again, take it with a grain of salt and you’ll enjoy it. I did.

Video: How does it look?

Warner is making history here as this is the first HD-DVD day and date release. If you buy the HD version of this movie, you’ll get both the HD version and the standard DVD version of the movie as well. The standard DVD version will also be available to those without an HD-DVD player. Having just reviewed the standard version, I was anxious to see what improvements the HD-DVD version had over its standard counterpart. There were a few, mainly with the level of detail and the sharpness of the image. When watched back to back, you can really tell the difference. Granted, like I’ve said before there isn’t a night and day difference, but the HD version does offer up a lot more detail. Images are sharper and more defined. It just looks better, on the whole.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is a bit improved from the Dolby True HD soundtrack, but like I remarked in my review of the standard DVD “…a standard mix that serves its purpose and nothing more.” and that about sums it up. Romantic comedies, regardless of how good their soundtracks are, will most likely never compare to those of an action/adventure movie. It’s just a fact.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Just like the standard DVD, the only supplement here is the theatrical trailer.

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