BASED ON A TRUE RUMOR.
Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) finds out that her family inspired the novel that was turned into the classic film The Graduate (1967); she starts wondering who her real father is. A pleasant but empty romantic comedy with a message; love that looks like friendship is more valuable than sudden, passionate infatuations. The whole Graduate framework is amusing, but there’s a shortage of good jokes. Kevin Costner gives a somewhat wooden performance, but Shirley MacLaine is a lot of fun (although she’s echoing Terms of Endearment (1983) more than The Graduate).
2005-U.S.-Germany. 97 min. Color. Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Jennifer Aniston (Sarah Huttinger), Kevin Costner (Beau Burroughs), Shirley MacLaine (Katharine Richelieu), Mark Ruffalo, Richard Jenkins, Christopher MacDonald… Mena Suvari. Cameo: Kathy Bates.
Trivia: Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft were allegedly considered for the parts of Beau and Katharine. Ted Griffin (who wrote the script) was going to direct the film, but was replaced by Rob Reiner.