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Gossip 2000 R CC

3.8 out of 5 stars (88) IMDb 5.9/10

College journalism students plant a trashy rumor about a celibate co-ed, planning to track how the story changes as it burns through the university.

Starring:
James Marsden, Lena Headey
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Davis Guggenheim
Starring James Marsden, Lena Headey
Supporting actors Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Eric Bogosian, Edward James Olmos, Joshua Jackson, Sharon Lawrence, Marisa Coughlan, Kwok-Wing Leung, Mif, Poe, Vicky Lambert, Kenya Massey, Noam Jenkins, Stephanie Anne Mills, Raven Dauda, Kristin Booth, Novie Edwards, Shanly Trinidad
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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By Jen on August 24, 2001
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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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Gossip is suspenseful with lots of twists and turns that gives a talented cast the opportunity to explore roles that are a bit out of the norm for them, and they all do a great job. Three friends, in the name of academic experimentation and exploration, start a nasty rumor about one of the 'in-crowd' on a college campus. Heady's character expects to simply track the life of the rumor but keep it from doing any actual harm to its subject. Ultimately, she finds that the motivation of one of the group has a more nefarious curtain call in mind. The rumor quickly spreads and morphs and turns into a destructive force that threatens to engulf all four of their lives. Hudson, whose character is the object of the rumor, displays a range of performance that includes vulnerability and self-doubt - a contrast to her usually strong and take-charge roles. Marsden plays the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing flawlessly. Reedus comes alive in the role of the mysterious artist/roommate to Marsden's evil genius. The ending provides a suspenseful, surprising twist, that will leave the viewer wondering, "Did that really just happen??!"
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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. It's got an interesting plot and story-line, and most of the actors were top notch.

Now that being said, there were two things that kept this movie from being an excellent movie. The first one was Lena Headey; her acting was mediocre at best, and in certain parts, down right awful. But this normally wouldn't be enough to knock off too many points, but the second problem...

The ending -while decent- was definitely one that required you to suspend your disbelief. It leaves you wondering, "What was the point?".

But the acting by James Marsden, and Norman Reedus were amazing, and almost make up for it. Marsden plays the manipulative liar, who really isn't a bad guy, one who almost leaves you feeling a certain amount of pity at the end. Reedus was amazing; probably one of my favorite performances from him. The shy, SoHo, bohemian artist thing works really well for him. The interaction between the two men are some of the most interesting parts of the movie, and show the dominant/subservient or leader/follower relationship perfectly.

Passable performances by Joshua Jackson and Kate Hudson. Nothing stellar, but nothing to complain about either.

Again... Decent movie, one that could have been a hit with a few tweaks, and a different actress for Jones, but nothing that will make a 'favorites' list any time soon.
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