Rachel Getting Married 2008

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A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Anne Hathaway,Rosemarie Dewitt
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Rachel Getting Married

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Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Demme
Starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie Dewitt
Supporting actors Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Mather Zickel, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George, Debra Winger, Jerome Lepage, Beau Sia
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`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 By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mercury on 10 Oct. 2009
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after the rave reviews of Hathaway in this film i was looking forward to the dvd but somehow never wanted to watch it after i bought it.
with good reason, as it turns out.
the wonderfully layered story of the relatioship between the 2 sisters and their (now divorced) parents is completely drowned out it the multi-culti messiness of this 'alternative' wedding.
Kym (Hathaway) is the 'bad' sister with a gigantic chip on her shoulder and her older sister Rachel (the bride) is too preoccupied with herself and her ancient grudges against her freak of a sister to be able to feel or attend to her needs.
then there is the over protective father who always hovers and the conspicuously absent mother - who joins the film much later ( a great Debra Winger, wonderful to see her again!) and has her guilt and unforgivingness to deal with.

unfortunately the tension which builds up very nicely in parts is then sacrificed in favour of overlong and totally irrelevant wedding speeches, or by showing extra long and extra close up shots of the carneval of wedding guests when dancing.
at that stage the film becomes a farce, i wondered if it was a showcase for some up and coming actors. very annoying.
one sighs with relief when the camera return to the wonderfully present and gripping face of Ann Hathaway.

so - without all the sidetracking action and the boring string of 'colourful' guests it would have been a good film. as it is - because of the marvelous leads- it's still worth watching.
oh, and before i forget - beware of the aweful music! it really gets on your nerves.
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By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 July 2014
Format: DVD
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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