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When Kym (Anne Hathaway - Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actress, Motion Picture (Drama)), returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), she brings a long history of personal crises, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama - is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. Filled with the rich and eclectic characters that remain a hallmark of Jonathan Demme's films, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED paints a heartfelt, perceptive and sometimes hilarious family portrait.
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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Typical "It's MY wedding and I'm not the focal point!" film to try to make me feel bad about drunk drivers who kill. Wedding? Check. Relative from rehab? Check. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Billy Rubin
Literally the worst movie I have ever had to watch. There was an entire 20 minute scene that had nearly every character give long toasts. They cut nothing out.Published 1 month ago by Marylane
I don't normally watch movies about losers. Why would anyone knowingly do that? I didn't read the intro or watch the trailers so besides failing to do that, it was free and my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ponto
Great performances, but the (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not) uneven camera work, plot-less third act, a few logical inconsistencies, and undeveloped character relationships... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacob B.
Older Movie but good story...I didn't love the ending felt it left me with questionsPublished 2 months ago by Nicole
If you like Mike Leigh movies like "Another Year" (and I do), then you will like this movie -- one that I like to think Leigh might have made had he been an American paying... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stanley Crowe