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movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Gossip

Starring: Norman Reedus, James Marsden
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: April 2000
Genres: Drama, Suspense

*Also starring: Kate Hudson, Marisa Coughlin

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Review by Susan Granger
1 star out of 4

Who hasn't speculated about the link between news and gossip? At least, that's the premise for a college journalism class assignment proposed by "professor" Eric Bogosian. And three students - James Marsden, Lena Headley, and Norman Reedus - decide to test his theories. One night at a drunken, off-campus party, Marsden sees a beautiful, wealthy, virginal freshman, played by Kate Hudson (Goldie Hawn's real-life daughter), making out on a bed with Joshua Jackson. Hudson calls it quits before she passes out, but Marsden decides to start an "experimental" rumor that she's "put out" for Jackson. It's kind of like "Cruel Intentions" goes to college. The slanderous story spreads quickly throughout the university, soon acquiring salacious details, including a black rubber bra. But then it turns ugly, implicating that Jackson took advantage of Hudson after she passed out, not before, which leads to his subsequent arrest. Working from a taut, tension-filled screenplay by Gregory Poirier and Theresa Rebeck, "NYPD Blue," "ER" director David Guggenheim explores and exploits the date rape concept, bringing in Sharon Lawrence as an angry cop and Edward James Olmos as a homicide detective. It's an intriguing, dangerous premise but the execution lacks believability. Why wouldn't any suspected rape victim undergo a medical examination? What accredited college would allow Bogosian to rant and rave in class? Which students can live in such an extravagantly hip loft? And why would these distraught people talk and behave in such an incomprehensible way? On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Gossip" is nasty, tawdry, inept 3. Despite its R-rating, it's obviously targeted at a teenage audience.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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