Gossip [DVD] 
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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.
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 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.comSee all Product Description
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However the casting and direction are excellent. There are some highly recognisable faces and the pace of the story clips along at a good pace. There are twists and turns in the plot that'll have you squirming slightly in your seat as our characters struggle with their scrupples after deliberately spreading lies to see the effect of gossip. To that extent the film acts a morality tale on the effects of the media, how it has a duty to be fair and true to it's public.
This basic tale, the cast and production all suggest that the film is squarely based at the 'teen' market that so enjoyed 'Scream', and I would say there are plenty of parallels between this film and the horror film. Not to say that those of a more mature generation could not find something in this film to enjoy (though I wouldn't expect too many middle aged people to sit down and watch this with interest), but it has clearly identified it's audience.
I've watched it so many times since I've had it that I've lost count. Absolutely love everything about the movie and Norman Reedus stole the movie for me :)
I have to say thank you for the speedy postage, it came within two days after ordering it !!
I was impressed with it though, I liked seeing the characters in different situations, in lectures, at parties and in there appartment. I liked the idea behind the film and that enjoyed it alot. I nearly was put off at the begining because I thought it seemed like it might just be one of those "teen" films, the language and all the talking about sex but I stuck with it and I soon was hooked. I did see the ending coming but it was a good ending and not one that was too obvious too early.
The script is good, the acting is reasonable and the story is great with added plot twists which are not too obvious. Reedus and Jackson great in this and I was slightly disappointed that Hudson didn't have a bigger role.
Quality of my DVD was perfect and it arrived in quick time too.
For a B movie, this is a gem in an usually disappointing market. Aimed at the younger generation perhaps, but it isn't all sex and trash, it quickly becomes very intriguing, as we become part of these teenagers' world and see the damage their innocent rumour is causing. The ending came as a complete surprise to this viewer, and the dramatic events leading up to it really excited me. With great acting, particularly from James, 'Gossip' brilliantly demonstrates what the effects of tittle-tattle can have, even if it does start off as a bit of a joke.
The Plot: Derek, Jones and Travis, three college room-mates working on a class project regarding news and gossip decide to make up a malicious rumour about a fellow student they detest in order to see how fast it spreads and changes in order to study the evolution of gossip. After Derek spies on spoiled rich girl Naomi passing out during foreplay with her boyfriend Beau, he and his friends decide to twist the story of what really happened and spread the story over the campus that Naomi and Beau were completely and utterly intimate, which eventually spreads like wildfire.
Unfortunately, Naomi is all too aware that she was unconscious when the said events took place, leading to the assumption she has been raped, throwing the rumour into a complete spin and leading to a crime investigation that will send Beau to jail. Jones's conscience begins to plague her and she sets out to discover what is really going on, and why Derek seems to have very little remorse for his involvement in ruining Naomi's life.
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Loved this film the first time round, loved it now. Such a great cast and the storyline even better everyone knows that gossip spreads and changes from person to personPublished 20 months ago by Sarah Longhurst
Although it has an unpleasant subject, the film is interesting and half way through it actually becomes quite riveting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dominic Swayne
I was not too sure about this movie, I thought it sounded like a typical girlie romcom, but was very surprised and enjoyed it very much.Published on 10 April 2014 by pixiestix