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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

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Kym Buchman has been in drug rehab for nine months, during which time she has been clean. She is released temporarily from the facility to attend her sister Rachel Buchman's wedding. During her release, Kym is staying at the family home, where the wedding is taking place. As such, it is like Grand Central Station for the duration of Kym's stay, which may not be the most conducive situation for her in constantly being exposed to the watching eyes of those who know and don't yet know her, but know of her situation. The reunion with her family members starts off well enough, but issues around Kym's release from rehab quickly surface. Kym and Rachel's father, Paul Buchman, wants to make sure that Kym is all right at all times, which to Kym feels instead like he doesn't trust her. Rachel slowly begins to resent Kym's situation taking over what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life, some of which is directed by Kym, some of which isn't. One person present but largely not included ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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7 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Dancing with Shiva  »

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$293,369 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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$12,796,277 (USA) (17 April 2009)
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The dishwasher scene was based on an actual event involving Sidney Lumet and Bob Fosse. See more »

Goofs

When Kym returns from the rehearsal dinner the piece of watermelon she eats has a bite taken out of it that disappears and re-appears during the scene. The thickness of the slice also varies. See more »

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Sidney's Mom: I prayed for you, Rachel.
[everyone laughs]
Sidney's Mom: I prayed for you. I knew you'd come. And here you are. And we are one, all of us. And this is how it is in heaven. Just like this. And I'm so glad we're having a rehearsal on it now.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Bride Wars (2010) See more »

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Golden Hen
Written by Clive Bright, Stephen Thomas, and Keith Wignall
Performed by Tenor Saw
Courtesy of Uptempo Records
By arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
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Family, Rehab, Wedding and Amends
20 October 2008 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. After the first 5 minutes, I hated Anne Hathaway's character and I was sea-sick from director Jonathan Demme's hand-held camera work. And then two hours later I felt like I had just attended a family wedding! I got fully sucked in by Jenny Lumet's (daughter of Sidney, the master) riveting story of a family ripped apart and trying desperately to hold on to what is left.

While Hathaway's Kym is getting all the pub, I found Rosemarie DeWitt's Rachel every bit as mesmerizing, though a bit less laser-tongue equipped. Their scenes together are mind-warping ... truly like watching footage of a train wreck over and over. They love and hate each other, all while being loved and hated by everyone else in the family. So much self-destructiveness that it makes one wonder why apparent sweet guy Sidney (played oddly by Tunde Adedimpbe of TV on the Radio) wants to have anything to do with this ghastly group.

Just to make sure you are absolutely uncomfortable, Lumet tosses in the rarely seen Debra Winger as Kym and Rachel's estranged mother, who has emotionally backed out of their life completely so as not to feel the guilt she deserves for the death of the youngest sibling.

There is no way to watch this movie without numerous moments of being squeamish or uncomfortable. That is really the strength of the film ... it draws you into this world that you just don't want to be a part of.


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