Rachel Getting Married (2008)


Anne Hathaway is getting a large amount of praise for her portrayal of Kym in Jonathan Demme’s directed, Rachel Getting Married. It is deservedly so. There are also some performances that should be getting more notices, like Debra Winger and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Anne plays a trouble woman that is let out of rehab to attend the wedding of her older sister, Rachel (DeWitt) in the Connecticut house that she grow up in. She is picked up by her father Paul (Bill Irwin) and his second wife, Carol (Anna Deavere Smith).

She is greeted very coldly by her sister and her best friend, Emma (Anisa George) from the second Kym arrives at the house.

Kym is like a hurricane, disrupting the balance that Rachel and his fiance, Sidney (Tunde Adebimpe). She carries a lot of baggage from a tragic incident that happened when Kym was sixteen that permanently affected their family dynamic.

Kym is trying to make amends with numerous that she is wronged from her life, including her distant mother, Abby (Debra Winger).

People were saying that the toasting scene at the rehearsal dinner went on too long. I didn’t mind it. I went to a bunch of weddings in my life and I felt like I was in the wedding party.

The camerawork is a documentary-style. Very effecting. The dialogue felt organic and conversational. It’s not high-fluent. This is the way people talk. They are real, three-dimensional characters on screen. Great.

The one thing that I didn’t like was the dishwasher scene between Paul and Sidney. This is a “slice of life” that didn’t need to be in there. Also, the musicians playing all the time. It was a little too much.

The scenes with Paul, Kym and Rachel were the best in the movie. In the living room and the kitchen. Rachel calling out Kym about her behavior. Kym calling out Rachel on her disapproval of Kym. Rachel calling out Paul for “fathering” Kym, protecting her.

This is a must-see movie.

My rating: **** stars.

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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on January 3, 2009, in 2008, Academy Award Nominee, Drama and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The messiness that goes with genuinely flawed and complex people is what makes the film ring so true and cut so deep. Nice Review, check out mine when you can!

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