November 20, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Gossip

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Lena Headey, Kate Hudson, James Marsden
director
Davis Guggenheim
distributor
Warner Home Video
author
Kelly Lange
genre
Mystery and Thriller

In this doggedly glitzy novel about four female college friends who keep in touch over the years ”doing their phone-machine thing,” TV news anchor-turned-author Kelly Lange uses interminably long-winded voice messages, the kind that are so irritating in real life, as her primary stylistic device. (Hasn’t she heard of e-mail?) As the women run up their phone bills, a hodgepodge plot emerges, one that involves infidelity, outing, and a mandatory murder. Even as trashy fun, Gossip is phoned in. C-

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