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Rachel Getting Married

A 2008 drama film directed by Jonathan Demme.

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The harbinger of doom

  • Feb 15, 2009
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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 those things. (And couldn't they have found an actor with a personality?)
5. Prepare for long, awkward and painful wedding rehearsal dinner speeches ...
6. ... followed by a drawn out and inexplicably Hindu themed Christian wedding...
7. ... and the multi-cultural, eclectic choice of wedding music, speaking of which ...
8. ... expect grating and annoying music for most of the movie,
9. which is shot with hand held cameras to look like an amateur home movie, and succeeds totally in looking amateur.

You know you're in trouble when one of the high points of a movie involves two men in a dishwasher loading competition that's really a long excuse for a plot device.

This movie takes the story of a young woman who has been in rehab for most of her life, and who is suffering from terrible guilt over an incident in her past, and instead of capitalizing on her struggle to lead a normal life, they water it down with over-the-top multi-cultural trappings, and bad home video.

Hathaway truly shines, given the script she's been dealt, and is the only reason to watch this movie, except for a memorable scene with Deborah Winger, who plays the girls' estranged mother.

Recommended for fans of world music, other people's home videos, wedding speeches and the scientific art of dishwasher loading.

Kym: I am Shiva the destroyer, your harbinger of doom this evening.

Amanda Richards, February 15, 2009

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review by . April 06, 2009
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review by . June 13, 2009
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review by . May 17, 2009
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review by . March 22, 2009
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 …
review by . March 21, 2009
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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 …
review by . March 14, 2009
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 …
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I write reviews for a hobby. Most of my reviews are short and to the point, on account of my short attention span. I try to make my reviews both informative and entertaining, and sometimes I succeed. … 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.
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

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