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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Anne Hathaway  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E95ZNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A painful 5 stars May 11, 2009
By Sambson
Well, I should introduce myself as a recovering addict (we never really stop recovering do we?), and from that I base my entire review. There is a moment in this film when Hathaway wonders if the band of gypsies on the porch can stop playing for just five minutes; and I couldn't agree more. Funny thing is, I know why Demme put that violin there; from her first scene in the house, to the dish-loading keeps the tension up. You see, this whole film is from the freshly rehabed addict's point of view, and that's no fun place to be; as watching this film will show. I've been clean for 6 years now, and was shocked to find there were times I could hardly sit through the film. Demme does an amazing job of using every element at his disposal to push the envelope of the viewer's willingness to stick with this story; just as the main character is being pushed inexorably and unwillingly ahead. The celebration scene with the never-ending musical parade gets louder and amps up the energy way past when most filmmakers would cut the scene; that's absolutely true. But for me it was because we (the audience) are supposed to be in Hathaway's head; and the whole experience is just dancing on her raw nerves. This film reminded me more of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, 28 DAYS or CLEAN AND SOBER than any other film with WEDDING in the title. But of those, only REQUIEM further explores every technique at the director's disposal to push the audience into the same shoes as the main characters. Every addict should see this one. Five stars for sure; a very painful five. (It is always a pleasure to watch Debra Winger do what she does in front of a camera.)
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75 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Sitting through a movie about sibling rivalry at a wedding, especially one starring the doe-eyed and normally facile Anne Hathaway, sounds like a potentially painful way to spend an evening. However, as directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Jenny Lumet (daughter of master filmmaker Sidney Lumet), this 2008 drama is not a lightweight star vehicle à la Julia Roberts circa 1997 but a darkly realistic look at the dysfunction within a family thrown into disarray. Using an almost cinéma vérité style, Demme explores how a wedding reopens old wounds within a family in a naturalistic way made all the more palpable by the emotional acuity in Lumet's screenplay.

The focus is on Kym, a chain-smoking former model who has spent the last several months in rehab. As a substance abuser whose only armor is cutting sarcasm, she is absurdly hopeful that her sister Rachel's wedding will be a harbinger for unconditional love from her upscale Connecticut family. Therein lies the problem as her narcissism provides the catalyst for long-simmering tensions that uncork during the preparations for a lavish, Indian-themed wedding weekend (the movie's working title was "Dancing with Shiva"). It soon becomes clear that Kym's link to a past tragedy is at the core of the unpredictable dynamics that force confrontations and regrettable actions among the four principal family members. Rachel appears to be Kym's sensible opposite, but their alternately close and contentious relationship shows how they have not fully recovered from past resentments.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a popcorn movie November 16, 2009
I want to start by saying that Rachel Getting Married isn't a movie for the faint of heart. There is conflict and lots of it with very little in the way of resolution. Honestly, I don't quite see how anybody could *enjoy* this movie if they didn't get anything cathartic out of it; but I have a number of friends who couldn't directly relate and still appreciated what they saw. That's the first thing you need to know about Rachel Getting Married: despite its seemingly innocuous title, it is not a movie made to entertain. It's a movie made to express.

A possible side effect of this is that Rachel Getting Married isn't a movie for people looking for a strong narrative. This is an exercise in voyeurism. You get to be a fly on the wall at this wedding and the events surrounding it. You get to sit through the highs and lows the the borderline disgustingly schmaltzy ceremony. You get to be put in the almost painfully awkward scenario of a visitor sitting in a room with a fighting family -- emotionally removed from the conflict but unable to escape it and unable to not form your own sympathies.

I ought to close by saying that, if you come from a family that doesn't confront its difficulties, or if you've never been to an intensely hipster wedding; then you may, like many other reviewers, think that this movie is in no way representative of reality. Well, I've attended multiple weddings almost exactly like this one for friends of my family, and the general motion and flow of the family conflict is absolutely spot on. It may be an extreme case, but it's meant to be.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better May 29, 2009
By Promise
The film caught my attention right away and held my interest for a long time, mostly because of the character, Kym, brilliantly played by Ann Hathaway. The idea was good---the recovering drug addict going home on a weekend break from rehab for her sister's wedding only to face the demons that drove her into drugs in the first place.

Kym is the girl everyone hates..the family Bad matter what she does to extricate herself from the role, she just digs herself in deeper. At first I disliked her, just like everyone else (except her saintly dad) but as the film progressed she was the only one who had any credibility. I didn't find the character of Rachel to be very sympathetic. Yeh, it was her wedding and here was Kym trying to take over the show, but somehow I just couldn't warm up to her...maybe it was the actress, who had no looks, charm or charisma.

Where the film lost me was the really long, overly shmaltzy rehersal dinner and the equally overly long, really shmaltzy wedding. Egad! At first the toasts to the beloved couple were charming and the reactions of the very colorful group were sweet. But a little of that goes a long way and this was really overdone. We were led to believe that the couple were the most wonderful people who ever decided to get married...but we were shown nothing at all to justify all of the hyperbole. The idea of having them be inter racial perhaps was the justification in the mind of the film maker for all the hoop-la, but I found the whole thing so overblown that it made me want to scream. Then the wedding was done in Hindu style and then there were Polynesian belly dancers or were they Aztec?--who knows, who cares. Oh yeah, a break dancer and don't forget the really nice Black guy with glasses who was home on leave from Iraq...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, arrived on time and in great condirion
Published 6 days ago by D. Gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not Anne's best movie but still okay.
Published 1 month ago by Paula Cullen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Couldn't make it through an half-hour.
Published 1 month ago by Anne Kwiatkowski
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible movie
This movie cost me only 2 dollars & I can see why. The opening scene starts out with the filthist vulgarities that I have ever heard. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
pointless movie - a waste of time. There's no resolution, no real ending. Anne Hathaway's character is a brat and annoying. Everyone overacts. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent drama
realistic dialog, outstanding acting. Hathaway seemed like the rehab person who plays all the games, has all the lingo down pat, but actually wants to be a better version of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by renogiftgiver
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving, go no where movie.
Terribly slow movie without much of a plot. I LOVE Anne Hathaway, but even she couldn't make this movie entertaining. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kristi
2.0 out of 5 stars LAUGHINGLY BAD
Bad acting, writing, sets, and music. What else? Oh, yeah, plot was contrived with too many one-dimensional, stereotypical characters. Very bad film. And wayyyyyy too long.
Published 6 months ago by SanDiegoJesse
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dark Movie
Dark and confusing movie. Not Anne Hathaway's best performance by far. Ending left me perplexed.
Was on my movie list, but glad I dind't have to pay for it.
Published 7 months ago by Terry P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Getting Married
This was what I expected. Before I bought it, I was very familiar with Rachel Getting Married. Good Buy !
Published 8 months ago by Ryan Stevenson
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