Before Kate Hudson became Hollywood’s “it” girl with the success of ALMOST FAMOUS she made a string of bad ... really awful films. DESERT BLUE ... 200 CIGARETTES ... and GOSSIP. Cute as a button, just like mom Goldie Hawn, she adds spunk, vitality and cuteness to any film. But not even cute Katie can save a truly anemic movie.People love to talk. No one would ever argue that point. The premise of GOSSIP is the idea that people will talk and talk and talk until most of what they say isn’t true. Three college roommates learn that the hard way. Cathy ... aka Jones (Lena Headey), Derrick (James Marsden) and Travis (Norman Reedus) share a huge apartment that rich boy Derrick affords from his trust fund. Enter rich bitch Naomi (Hudson) and the threesome become jealous and vengeful of what she’s got and flaunts and what they don’t have and wish they did. Even though Derrick lives off his fund his family won’t speak to him while Naomi’s daddy provides her with a limousine just to go out on a typical Saturday night.
The “kids” decide to start a nasty rumor about the well-to-do Naomi and it backfires on at least one of the roomies. A small climax ensues with little more than a ho-hum reaction preceding a million thoughts of why the film could never be taken too seriously. For starters way too many people would have to be involved to make it work.
Immature, childish and silly, the film becomes a far stretch for college kids and a more appropriate film for high school adolescents. There are cliques, heavy partying – well maybe that fits both - rumors, bent egos and heavy sexual innuendoes. Barely, if ever, do you see one student with a book in their hand. More typical of a high school than a college for sure. The film’s biggest problem is that it doesn’t work on any level. The film evolves without intrigue and excitement to an ”oh please” ending.
Adding a controversial teacher - the only teacher ever seen in the school – played by Eric Bogosian does nothing but add on to the ridiculous premise and story line we are being fed. He teaches many classes of three hundred students yet he can “call” on each by name? Preposterous doesn’t even begin to describe what we are led to believe in the end. Inevitably the film itself ... just like the spreading of gossip ... is based on very little reality.The DVD offers the deleted scenes that were ommited for time restraints that would have just prolonged the agony of watching the film.-- Pamela Harland