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Gossip (2000)

James Marsden , Lena Headey , Davis Guggenheim  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Eric Bogosian
  • Directors: Davis Guggenheim
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YA67
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gossip" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Gossip is one of a spate of movies that owe a lot to Cruel Intentions. This time it's rich kids in college, but other than that Gossip stays well within the beautiful-young-people-doing-awful-things-to-each other formula. Lena Heady plays Jones, obviously the Smart Girl because she is briefly seen wearing glasses. Jones hangs out with Arty Guy Travis and Handsome Rich Guy Derrick, who finances their adventures and has a little bit of a lying habit. The three are all in the same journalism class (acidic monologist Eric Bogosian plays the acidic professor) and decide to start and track a rumor for their term papers. They pick rich and beautiful couple Beau and Naomi (Joshua Jackson and Kate Hudson) as the focus of the rumor, and before you know it their juicy story starts spinning out of control into ugly territory and a truly ludicrous climax. There are attempts at making sledgehammer points about the slippery task of finding Truth, but mostly Gossip is about the guilty pleasure of watching pretty young actors be mean to each other. You'll hate yourself in the morning, but watch it anyway. --Ali Davis

Product Description

College jounalism students plant a trashy rumor about a celibate co-ed, planning to track how the story changes as it burns through the university. But what the students never imagine is that the savagely mutating tale will turn against them.

DVD Features:
Alternate endings
Audio Commentary:Commentary by D. Guggenheim, J. Mardsen
Deleted Scenes:Deleted Scenes - 11:07
Interactive Menus
Music Video
Other:Travis's gossip Interviews "Grab Bag"
Scene Access
Theatrical Trailer

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars high-quality genre fare January 24, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm surprised that reviews of this tidy little work are so mixed. It's a reliable enough recipe: take 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and mix with 'House of Games,' but lighten it up with a dash of glitz, a fetching fantasy of idealized college life, and no major downer at the end :-)
The young actors are pretty and some are talented, and the dialogue is not bad -- some of it is actually rather good. The sets are a bit much, imho -- one wonders just how plush Derek's trust fund is, after seeing the "undergrad apartment" which few dotcom lottery winners could afford to keep up. There's a relentless prettiness to most of the backdrops even when they're trying to look noir, but that can be forgiven in a film which is really more stage play than cinema. The cinematography is mostly effortless and unobtrusive; there are a couple of arty little touches, but it's not self-indulgent.
Supporting cast do their jobs reliably; the brief scene in a high school admin office (where "Jones" is pursuing her investigation) is nicely played all the way into the far background of the shot. Some of the young extras definitely seem to be trolling for work (it's just amazing how pretty everyone is in this universe!) but it's all in good fun.
Marsden does very well with the Ripleyesque protagonist. His Marvel Comics good looks and alarming glibness are quite convincing; I loathed "Derek" after only a few minutes, and enjoyed Marsden's enjoyment of the role. Actually I should confess, I watched the film only because I like Edward James Olmos and never miss a chance to see him even in a small part; but was pleasantly surprised -- enjoyed it far more than I expected to.
One thing I appreciated about the script was a minor surprise value.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip August 24, 2001
By Jen
I had HBO on in the background when this movie came on and I never intended to watch it, I mean a movie called "Gossip"? Oh that really sounds like fun. But as soon as the pictures flashed across the screen and "Jones" [Lena Headey] started talking, I knew judging the movie by the title was a bad move on my part. The angles and colors, wardrobe, etc. of this film were amazing to me. I thought it was very well directed. The idea of the movie had started out well. Three college students planned to start a rumor and see how far it went as a topic to write on for a class. Though I thought casting Joshua Jackson to play any character in this flick was a bad, bad idea. The only reason I would think about labeling this a "teen flick" is the fact that he was in it. Toward the end, I thought they took reality way out of proportion, if I hadn't have liked the movie so well, it would have easily ruined the entire film. Though there are a lot of negitive comments for the movie, I'd give it a chance if you have the time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the wind blown out of me! September 28, 2000
"Gossip" was probably one of the most incredible, suprising and phenomenal movies I have ever seen in my life! I went to go see the movie in the first place was because the trailer seemed intriguing and I highly admired Norman Reeedus's acting abilities. I thought it was just going to be about a stupid rumor that got around by mistake. Boy, was I wrong! I liked the fact that a rumor was set around on purpose for a research project. Then, it just got out of hand. It turned out that what appeared to be a fake rumor, was actually based on a truth and honestly ruined lives. When the viewers found out what was really going on, I think they were very suprised. You know a movie is good when you think you know everything that's going on right up until the end, then they pull the rug out from under you and the movie ends in a way that you never would have thought. That's talent! Keeping them guessing until the end, then throw them for a wild loop. That's exactly what the endless talents of "Gossip" did. When you go out of theater, then on the way home, at home, and the next day, you're still talking about the movie, you've made a wonderous discovery. You have found something really special to cherish. Even if you don't like the premise of the movie, I highly suggest that you see it. Especially if you appreciate good film making. If you do, you will not ever regret seeing "Gossip."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We do what we do then we gossip about it! January 9, 2001
Gossip is a killer movie. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I found out I didnt! Besides the extrodinary plot and awsome ensemble cast, Gossip finishes off much different then you would have expected! Which is what I like in a movie, unpredictability, suspense and action! I would recomend Gossip to anyone I knew, because I dont know of anyone who I made watch it, that didnt thoroughly enjoy it! For more of my reveiws and pics check out my site at [...]
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as smart as it wants to be November 15, 2000
It's got a good premise: start a story and see how many people get a hold of it and how it changes before the truth comes out. It plays with the idea of yellow versus real journalism. I like that. Unfortunately, the execution is seriously flawed. We go through all of this twisty turny stuff that's telegraphed ahead of time and then gives a very unrealistic and unsatisfying conclusion to the whole thing. If you've got nothing else to do, watch it with some friends, but i guarantee that the conversation it provokes will be a lot more interesting than the film itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by jeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by jayme
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
love this movie
Published 2 months ago by nikki raena jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a good movie!
It was surprisingly a really good movie! I watched it twice in the same day! Didn't see the ending coming
Published 4 months ago by Dawna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great movie. Norman Reedus is a fantastic character. Plot keeps you guessing. Lots of great stars in it, well worth watching twice at least.
Published 6 months ago by Bruce R. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this one!!
First off, I just want to say that I received my item faster than I had expected (so that rocks)! Secondly, this is an excellent film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dayla Fay Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
This was -over-all- a pretty decent movie. Nothing that would make my favorite shelf, but a movie I could definitely watch a few times a year. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Waldron
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story done in an interesting setting.
This makes you think about the importance of your words and actions. It is a perfect setting with college age kids who think life is so unaffected by their actions.
Published 7 months ago by Heyho
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well done
"It's just words." This movie tells a good story and tells it extremely well. Are most people willing to tell a half-truth or a lie now and then? Read more
Published 8 months ago by a Midwest reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Big James Marsden fan here, can't understand why he isn't a much bigger star. Anyway, I really did like this movie a lot even though it was very predictable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Russell S
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