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Rachel Getting Married [DVD] [2009]

Anne Hathaway , Debra Winger , Jonathan Demme    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Catalan, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q3M38W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pitched between Robert Altman's A Wedding and Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding--but more cautiously optimistic than both--Rachel Getting Married marks a change in course for director Jonathan Demme. Granted, few Oscar winners have walked a more diverse path. After a series of documentaries and remakes, the Silence of the Lambs helmer tries his hand at the intimate chamber drama. With the help of actress Anne Hathaway and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, daughter of filmmaker Sidney, he pulls it off. The festivities kick into high gear once Kym (Hathaway, with smeared eyeliner and unkempt hair) takes a break from rehab for her sister's big day. It soon transpires that Kym, who hides her wounded soul behind a veil of sarcasm, serves as the Buchman's resident black sheep. The problem goes deeper than drugs to a tragedy in which she played a part. As Kym, bride Rachel (Mad Men's Rosemary DeWitt), their parents (Bill Irwin and Debra Winger), groom Sidney (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe), and the rest of the bohemian Connecticut brood struggle with the past, the nuptials continue, graced by performances from past Demme collaborators like Sister Carol East (Something Wild) and Robyn Hitchcock (Storefront Hitchcock). The hours between reception and after-party contain humor, affection, and painful revelations. In the press notes, Demme claims that he and cinematographer Declan Quinn (In America) attempted to make a film that looked like "The most beautiful home movie ever made." Using handheld cameras and believably flawed characters, they've done just that. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Getting Married 28 Jan 2010
`Rachel Getting Married' is a film about a family planning a wedding (for Rachel!) when her sister, Kym, comes out of rehab for the nuptials and quickly ruffles some feathers. In fact this film is more about Kym than Rachel, despite the title. I have rarely seen Anne Hathaway act better than this and she plays the narcissistic, damaged and fragile Kym perfectly. There is a real bohemian, slightly hippy feel about the film, with the jazz music, freeform wedding vows and hand held camera style of direction. This feels like a home movie in places and is all the better for it. Some scenes (like parts of the rehearsal dinner and the dancing scene at the wedding) feel like they were partially improvised and the chemistry is potent whether they were scripted or not. In the trailer this was kind of portrayed as a kooky comedy, and whilst there are some funny moments, it is a lot darker than I was expecting and had some real emotional scenes. There is tragedy here mixed in with the joy of the wedding. This was a surprising film and one that slipped under the radar when first at the cinema and whilst it may not be a barrel of laughs, it is excellently acted, written and directed and makes for just under 2 hours enjoyable viewing.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the band played on 22 Nov 2009
Emotionally damaged Kym comes out of drug re-hab to spend time with her Connecticut based family and in particular her sister Rachel, who is about to get married. Their parents are divorced but somewhat central to the siblings' angsts and other painful family memories is the death of another family member some years earlier for which Kym played a big part.

This is one of those films that is tricky to judge in the conventional sense because it's clear from an early stage that it will divide opinion and that the viewer needs to pay a little more attention than normal in order to get the best out of it. Personally I liked it, I liked it for its sense of spontaneity and the feeling that large parts of the dialogue were ad-libbed which gave it a sense of authenticity. And while I was prepared to be irritated by the hand-held camera movements, I quickly forgot about it and decided that it was a positive contributing benefit to the film as a visual story, that it was the right thing to do. It was well acted, well directed (by Jonathan Demme) and it was easy to engage with Kym and Rachel, to share their sometimes raw and pent-up feelings and to care for the family as a whole. The bottom line is that it can be an entertaining film to watch, it's just not a lazy watch and unless you watch and listen closely you might easily drift away and stop caring about anybody in it.

The music plays a significant part in the sense of atmosphere. Director Demme took what I believe to be the unusual decision to have the musicians play their mostly stringed instruments while the scenes were being shot; they were told in advance what was going to happen in each scene and played tunes to suit those scenarios.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wedding in Connecticut 22 July 2014
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
There are so many well observed moments in this uncharacteristic film from Jonathan Demme, that the parts can seem greater than the whole. I`ve seen it twice now, once on its release at the cinema, and once on DVD, but it will be a pleasure to return to it from time to time, not least to see the resourceful, spunky Anne Hathaway as recovering alcoholic Kym, attending her sister`s wedding - which proves to be quite an affair in itself. Kym, we gradually learn, was mostly responsible for a tragedy in the family`s past, which all but Kym want to avoid bringing up.
Hathaway is brilliant, but so are Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel, Bill Irwin as their appeasing father, and Debra Winger in a smaller role as their nervy, estranged mother (after the tragedy, dad married again). It`s a film in which glances and gestures say as much as words. One remarkable thing, rare in such films, is that Hathaway and (especially) DeWitt do look as if they could be Winger`s daughters. It gives their scenes an edge they might not otherwise have.
Demme has always had a bit of a soft centre (I`m thinking of Philadelphia, say, rather than Silence of the Lambs!) and he could have indulged it to an unacceptable degree here, but he avoids most of those pitfalls.
There`s a lengthy central wedding party scene - in which we first meet Winger - which is virtuosic in its editing (Tim Squyres), directing, and the performances by a variety of actors and bit-part players. Apparently (we learn from the excellent extras that come with this disc) the camera was on everyone all of the time in all the crowd scenes so they had always to be 'on'.
This movie has had its critics, but I like it, it`s not the usual Hollywood fare, it certainly isn`t a rom-com, and the dramas are played for real. Hathaway and DeWitt are totally credible as sisters, and it`s so good to see the divine Debra back in a mainstream film.

Well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The central human drama is this film could have been quite interesting in itself: an young woman trying to overcome addiction and exploring the dysfunctionality of her own family. But, oh dear, there was a wedding in the way that took most of the audience's attention. I couldn't really understand what the film was really about. What is about Rachel getting married and planning a very long and colourful wedding ceremony and reception? Or was it about Kym (Rachel's sister) trying to come to terms with her own painful past? In any way, I found most characters very self centered to really like them or their stories. At the end, there's no real conflict resolution. I just felt sorry for the whole family at their inability to communicate and solve their own problems.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a yawn
Nicely acted and filmed (jerky camerawork- grrr) but not enough to keep you enthralled I'm afraid.
Very depressing too- nothing there to lift the story.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had received it
Ordered Rachel Getting Marries but received a totally different Blue Ray film. Rather than send out the correct film as ordered a courier was despatched to pick up the incorrect... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonah
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused by the ending
Did I miss something about the ending? It just didn't make sense.
Touching film, but overly long. There were large parts that could have been reduced/cut.
Published 6 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
sit down with your friends and be prepared to laugh and cry a good movie to watch any time, fantastic acting
Published 13 months ago by m g
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong middle section but overlong and boring bookends

A very self-indulgent movie that could really do with being edited down from 108 minutes to 80. Read more
Published 22 months ago by BS on parade
1.0 out of 5 stars An amateur with a camcorder filmed this
Possibly the most uninteresting film I have ever seen about a rehab returning home and the preparation of her sister's marriage. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Adam Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious - watch this film if you have trouble sleeping and don't want...
This film was so boring, pointless and self absorbed that I actually fast forwarded it from the half-way point in order to reach the end to avoid slipping into a coma. Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by P Wild
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst film ever??
Never written a review before but this was so bad would hate anybody else to waste their money or even their time watching. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by K. Hidderley
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring human drama
This movie is an extremely well acted boring human drama. I usually figure that when the viewer understands what is going on then the movie should move on to what's next, but oh... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Joburble
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of Kym Buchman's life
Considering the negative comments posted on Amazon, I am surprised that Rachel getting married got such a rough reception and managed to upset so many viewers. Read more
Published on 25 May 2010 by Omnes
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