I might be in the minority, but I would rather watch an awful movie, than the most average movie ever made. And I will tell you why. You will always remember great movies, so that is why I am not even going to mention them. And you will, by their nature, remember something that was just bad, didn’t sit with you well, or bored you… whatever your definition of a bad movie is. But, to me the worst thing is a movie, that’s so average, you don’t really remember anything from it a week from watching it. And that is Rumor Has It…
This movie is a textbook definition of as average as it gets. The story seems intriguing in the beginning, just for it to fall into the stereotypical (unfortunately unfunny) traps of current “comedies”, where you can not only tell what is coming, but on top of that, you can almost always predict who is going to speak up next, what they are going to say… Which is a shame, as the story was intriguing and the cast is great!
Jennifer Aniston made this right after Friends (1994 – 2004) finished their run, so she was still going strong from there, Kevin Costner is welcome addition most of the time and Mark Ruffalo with Richard Jenkins complete the list of great people, having nothing much to do here. I had purposely left one name out, because she, at least for me, made this movie watchable, stole the movie, and only because of her I am rating this movie slightly above the average mark this film deserves. Yes, Shirley MacLaine was the only person in this entire movie that made me laugh every time she was on the screen. She also looked like the only actor who had any kind of fun making this movie.
Which is definitely a disappointment, as with great names like these, you would at least expect something above the average, especially with Jennifer coming off one of the most popular comedy shows of all time. To be fair, she wasn’t bad but any means, neither of the big names I have just listed were necessarily bad, they were just… bland. And that is what makes Rumor Has It… one of the most average movies that ever movied in the history of movies. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen it and I swear I can maybe remember one or two scenes, and that is about it. Usually, that’s not a case for me, as when comes to remembering pointless things, my memory is excellent. 😉
This is also something I struggle with when comes to average movies – they are really hard to review properly. To give you an example – think of the best food you’ve ever tasted. Now try to describe it, and why you loved it so much. Now, think of the worst food you’ve tasted and again, describe what made it “the worst”. And now, tell me about that one salad you had a few weeks ago. Or that one store bought sandwich from last week. Exactly, there is nothing much to say, as it doesn’t matter if it’s movies or food, great/not so great experiences are memorable. The most mundane, average movies/food we don’t even realise consuming, as that’s just “yet another one of those”. That is why I’d have a hard time recommending this movie to anybody, even though I loved Shirley in it, because it is just “another one of those” you have watched thousands times prior. Nothing surprises you.
That’s all for this one! Did you see it? What did you think about it? Let me know!
Until next time,