All the pieces are perfect, including the annoying ones
Robert D. Steele | Oakton, VA United States | 09/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw a small bit of this on TV where Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner shined, and ordered it on a whim to see the rest.
I cannot understand all the low ratings. There are certainly parts of the movie that are trite and annoying, but that is real life and the movie should get extra credit for reminding you of your crazy annoying relatives, not be penalized.
A clear sequel to The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition), one which could have been called "The Graduate: Next Generation," the story line, the script, the world-class actors in low-key supporting roles, the settings, all of this makes this a very fine "background movie" (what I screen when doing tedious but necessary things like printing address labels) and I loved it.
I would definitely be interested in Graduate Part IV, where she gets divorced, comes back to Costner, and they live a life of sheer joy--Hannibal (book version vice Hannibal (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD version)."
Lukewarm sentiments about a movie void of all charm...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 07/06/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Aside from the black smudge that is Kevin Costner (who actually doesn't turn in an awful performance in this dud of a film), I expected a lot from the cast here. I mean, we're talking about screen goddess Shirley MacLaine (I worship her), underrated supporting player Mark Ruffalo and America's Sweetheart Jennifer Aniston (you know, before we knew that Rachel Greene was the only character she knew how to play). Anyways, this embellished fable that rests on the cuffs of a GREAT movie (`The Graduate') serves up an interesting concept with absolutely no real effort made to flesh out something remotely interesting. `The Graduate' was sharp and witty and poignant and, believe it or not, charming. This film NEEDED charm to sell its prose, and you would think that Aniston especially would bring huge heaps of it. Instead, she delivers a dull and uninspired variation of her television persona. MacLaine is a scene stealer (we all knew that) but there isn't much to steal here. There are few films that meander on stagnancy quite like `Rumor Has It...' but this is one of those rare films that elicits almost no emotional response from me. I can't say that I hate it, that I love it, that I like it, that I dislike it. It barely even registers with me because it simply offers nothing."