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Gossip (2000)



Critic Consensus: Gossip drags on far beyond its entertainment value.

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The blurry line between a rumor and the truth is stretched to the breaking point in this drama. Three arrogant and self-centered college students, Jones (Lena Headey), Derek (James Marsden), and Travis (Norman Reedus), are brought together for a class project, in which they decide to start a rumor and keep track of how it spreads. Looking for possible gossip material, they see Naomi (Kate Hudson), a girl known for her high-minded views on saving sex for marriage, drunkenly making out with Bo (Joshua Jackson) at a party. The three students begin passing around the rumor that Naomi became a victim of date rape later that evening, embroidering the truth with allegations that Bo forcibly seduced Naomi after she was too inebriated to put up a fight. Before long, the rumor makes its way back to Naomi herself, who suffered a black-out on the night in question after too much alcohol. Naomi panics, and convinced that the rumor is true, contacts the police, who assign Detective Kelly (Sharon Lawrence) to investigate the charges of rape filed against Bo. Featuring a cast of young actors best known for their work on television, Gossip was an appropriate first feature film for director Davis Guggenheim, who previously distinguished himself on such TV series as ER, NYPD Blue, and Party of Five.

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James Marsden
as Derrick Webb
Lena Headey
as Cathy Jones
Kate Hudson
as Naomi Preston
Joshua Jackson
as Beau Edson
Eric Bogosian
as Prof. Goodwin
Sharon Lawrence
as Det. Kelly
Edward James Olmos
as Det. Curtis
Norma Dell'Agnese
as Danbury Typist
Vicky Lambert
as Club Dancer
Noam Jenkins
as Bartender
Bill Lake
as Lieutenant Miles
Stephanie Ann Mills
as Rebecca Lewis
Timm Zemanek
as High School Principal
Roman Podhora
as Detective Ayers
Marc Cohen
as Officer Stevens
Amos Poe
as Female Singer
Charles E. Guggenheim
as Derrick's Father
Dave Nichols
as Professor Vindaloo
Jessica Greco
as Charlene
Novie Edwards
as Ms. Waters
Marion Guggenheim
as Derrick's Mother
Kwok-Wing Leung
as Chinese Man
John Wills Martin
as The Stranger
Kenya Massey
as Club Dancer
Sanjay Talwar
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Gossip

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24)

Predictable at every turn, glossy but stagy, and full of unengaging, underdeveloped characters, Gossip too is 'all just words'.

December 2, 2002

A taut second half in which the plot turns back on itself in some surprising twists makes up for the lethargic first half.

November 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

All style and no substance.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Gossip seems to have been written by a program that selects elements from favorite music videos and girl-in-peril tele-movies to make one perfectly off-the-charts ridiculous film.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The movie feels longer than its 90 minutes.

January 1, 2000

Gossip is like one of those flashy, cutting-edge magazines -- it looks cool but it's no fun to read.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gossip


Trashy, but good. Slick looking 90's film with a mostly unlikeable set of characters and a few twists and lies. Kate Hudson is good, but Marisa Coughlan steals every scene she is in. It's surprising she never became more popular as an actress.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The second half is a lot more interesting than the first. It is one of those movies where I was beginning to suspect the ending way before it showed itself, but when it happened, it was unbelievable.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The great concept of GOSSIP nearly got killed by a weak execution, poor performances and a juvenile, lightweight plot that tries to pass as dense. Nevertheless, it doesn't fail completely. I may be biased, but James Marsden's performance as evil Derrick Webb is quite amazing. Add an impressive soundtrack by Graeme Revell and an incredible twist ending, and you almost forget everything this flawed little film did wrong. Almost.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

Super Reviewer

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