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Rachel Getting Married 2008

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(31) IMDb 6.7/10
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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.

Sebastian Stan, Roslyn Ruff
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Demme
Starring Sebastian Stan, Roslyn Ruff
Supporting actors Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Annaleigh Ashford, Zafer Tawil, Beau Sia, Innbo Shim, Eliza Simpson, Olive, Rosemarie DeWitt, Anisa George, Tamyra Gray, Victoria Haynes, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Mather Zickel, Mel Jones, Darrell Larson, Michelle Federer
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By O E J 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cosmicchild on 17 May 2009
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mercury on 10 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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