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 rumour for their term papers. They pick rich and beautiful couple Beau and Naomi (Joshua Jackson and Kate Hudson) as the focus of the rumour, 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, Amazon.com
Students Derrick Webb (James Marsden), Cathy Jones (Lena Headey) and Travis (Norman Reedus) decide to conduct a social 'experiment' when they observe the beautiful and wealthy Naomi Preston (Kate Hudson) - famous for refusing to have sex - drunkenly passing out while with her boyfriend Beau Edson. The trio spread a rumour that Naomi and Beau in fact had sex, but when the gossip reaches Naomi she goes to the police and Beau is arrested for rape. The game has suddenly become deadly serious, and when Cathy discovers that Derrick and Naomi attended the same high school she begins to suspect his motives for the experiment.
From the Back Cover
Psst! Did you hear about Beau and Naomi? Everyone who's anyone on campus is in the know. But what almost no one knows is that the vicious rumour is a hoax. Three journalism students planted the trashy little story, planning to track how it changes as it burns through the university. But what goes around comes around. Alluring young talents - James Marsden, Lena Heady, Norman Reedus and Kate Hudson amoung them - team with screen veterans in this hip, twist-filled thriller. The word's out pass it on. Gossip can turn you on. Or can it turn on you.
Actors: James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Eric BogosianDirector: Davis GuggenheimManufacturer: Warner Home Video