RACHEL GETTING MARRIED proved to be an entry card for Anne Hathaway's Oscar nomination, and while she turns in a strong performance, there is really very little else to recommend this film so unlike the work of Jonathan Demme. Written by Jenny Lumet, the story of a dysfunctional family on the weekend of the marriage of daughter Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) being upturned by the arrival of daughter Kym (Hathaway) on temporary leave from a rehab center and the clashes that occur from this planned happy event being replaced by the revelation of occult demons from the past is the nearly two hour noisy ennui that forms this film.
There are a few moments of interest (Kym's AA meeting revelations, the tragedy that drove Kym's mother - adroitly played by Debra Winger - away in divorce, and the clash between Rachel and Kym), but the bulk of this film is noisy partying that goes on forever and adds very little to the tension that should have been the focus of the film. For this viewer the performance (albeit brief) by Debra Winger is the reason to sit through this otherwise pretty boring film. One would expect the presence of the fine actress Anna Deavere Smith to heighten the action, but she is given little to do except fade into the woodwork. It is an interminable wedding celebration that only at the end finds a center. Grady Harp, March 09
Take a look at the star ratings! I've never seen such a curve, with twice as many one-stars as any other number, and with such rhapsody versus such vehemence in the reviews. You'd think it was a book about global warming, from such agonistic writing. I can understand both sides here. "Rachel Getting Married" was in no way entertainment. Even my wife, who for once didn't fall asleep in the middle of a movie she'd rented herself, said she was 'glad she'd seen it' but wouldn't … more
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): 1. Kym (Anne Hathaway) gets out of rehab, just as ... 2. ... her sister Rachel's getting married 3. Kym immediately starts making waves as she does her best impression of "normal" within a dysfunctional group. 4. What the heck's up with the bridegroom (Tunde Adebimpe) and those gawd-awful glasses? I know we're trying for "regular" people here, but no self-respecting brother's gonna be caught dead in … more
Still dealing with her emotional angst, Kym (Anne Hathaway) is sprung from rehab for the weekend, to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). When she appears at the pre-nuptial events, Kym faces a host of demons - the least of which are memories of past drama and disappointments. As she wends her way through the emotional debris and faces the anger, hostility and sheer resentments of family members and friends, Kym discovers that forgiveness does not come … more
Jonathan Demme's latest may boast an award-nominated performance by Anne Hathaway but gets a little too confessional for my tastes. Self revelation is a good thing as long as it reveals--not retards the flow of a film. Demme's camera drops right in on this Long Island family as the oldest daughter is marrying the man of her dreams in a slightly unconventional ceremony. During this time spent with the touchy, highly combustible personalities we meet Rachel's sister Kim(Hathaway), … more
Watching this movie was difficult for me. On the one hand, it's interesting to see a 'take' on how a family copes with addiction and tragedy. I happen to know from personal experience. Some of the characters were o-kay for stereotypes, but as genuine reflections? Not so much. Especially Anne Hathaway's character. If you've EVER dealt with an addict or a recovering one (especially early on), they are no where near as 'thinking' … more
I had heard about this movie and figured I would enjoy it but wow, just wow! This movie was great, I would definitely call it eclectic. The group of people in this movie were amazing, from the main actors to the wedding party guests to all the musicians it was just great. Made me wish I was part of this diverse group of people, it was just awesome to see. For awhile I was bothered by some of the background information that was only hinted at about Kym's background but then … more
Several reviewers describe this film as painful to watch - and the subject matter is painful, but I found it fascinating, both because of the high level of the performances and because of the exceptionally strong camera work. I was also very impressed by the fact that the interracial marriage that gives the film its title was never made into an issue -- while there is definitely still room for films that address the various forms of prejudice (racial and otherwise) that continue to have strong roots … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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Rachel Getting Married is a 2008 drama film directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger. The film was released in the U.S. to select theaters on October 3, 2008. The film opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival. The film also opened in Canada's Toronto Film Festival on September 6, 2008. Hathaway was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress for her role, but lost to Kate Winslet in The Reader.