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Rachel Getting Married -- Rachel Getting Married is a contemporary drama with an aggressive sense of humor about the return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister's wedding. Kym's (Hathaway) reemergence throws a wrench into the family dynamics, forcing long-simmering tensions to surface in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking. Rachel Getting Married paints a colorful, nuanced family portrait and is ...
Rachel Getting Married -- This is the theatrical trailer for Rachel Getting Married, directed by Jonathan Demme.
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7 November 2008 (USA) See more »
A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sebastian Stan ... Walter / Bowtie Party Guest

Roslyn Ruff ... Rosa

Anne Hathaway ... Kym

Bill Irwin ... Paul

Anna Deavere Smith ... Carol

Annaleigh Ashford ... Quick Stop Cashier
Zafer Tawil ... Violin Friend
Beau Sia ... Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim ... Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson ... Wedding P.A.
Olive ... The Poodle

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Rachel
Anisa George ... Emma

Tamyra Gray ... Singing Friend

Victoria Haynes ... Bridesmaid

Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... 12-Step Receptionist

Mather Zickel ... Kieran
Mel Jones ... 12-Step Speaker (as Pastor Melvin Jones)

Darrell Larson ... 12-Step Group Leader
Michelle Federer ... 12-Step Reader (as Michele Federer)
Matt Stadelmann ... 12-Step First-Timer (as Matthew Stadelmann)
Molly Hickok ... 12-Step Veteran
Big Jim Wheeler ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Josh Broder ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Stephen Richardson ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Bruce Bennetts ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Paul Sparks ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Caroline Goodman-Thomases ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Daniel Wolff ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Jill Dalton ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Joe Alessi ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Jordan Cael ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Tiffany Little Canfield ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Tunde Adebimpe ... Sidney
Barry Eastmond Jr. ... Wedding Drummer
Brooklyn Demme ... Wedding Guitarist
Carol Jean Lewis ... Sidney's Mom (as Carol-Jean Lewis)
John Anthony ... Sidney's Dad
Kyrah Julian ... Sidney's Sister
Herreast Harrison ... Sidney's Grandmother
Gonzales Joseph ... Cousin Joe
Donald Harrison Jr. ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest

Fab 5 Freddy ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Fab Five Freddy)
Jim Roche ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as James Roche)
Jimmy Joe Roche ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Robert W. Castle ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Rev. Robert Castle)
Paul Lazar ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Amir El Saffar ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Amir Elsaffar)

Dorian Missick ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tareq Abboushi ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tavish Graham ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Dimitrios Mikelis ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Gaida Hinnawi ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Alix Derrick ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Matt Rabinowitz ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Stephanie McBride ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Richard Maxwell ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest

Debra Winger ... Abby

Jerome Le Page ... Andrew (as Jerome LePage)

Andre B. Blake ... Inspired Stylist (as Andre Blake)

Dequina Moore ... Rachel's Stylist

Joe Toutebon ... Police Officer
Edie Hofstatter ... 1st Paramedic
Jaime Garcia ... Other Paramedic
Julio 'Goya' Pagan ... Tow-Truck Operator
Van Hughes ... Wedding Valet
'Sister' Carol East ... Wedding Guest (as Sister Carol East)
Robyn Hitchcock ... Wedding Guest

Robert Merrill ... Wedding Guest (as Christian Scott)

Roger Corman ... Wedding Guest
Brian Nelson ... Wedding Guest
David Neumann ... Wedding Guest
Edisa Weeks ... Wedding Guest
Heather Christian ... Wedding Guest
Jennie Liu ... Wedding Guest
Johnny Farraj ... Wedding Guest
Joshua Elrod ... Wedding Guest (as Josh Elrod)

Maria Dizzia ... Wedding Guest
Marie Runyon ... Wedding Guest
Ray Ultarte ... Wedding Guest
Tymberly Canale Harris ... Wedding Guest (as Tymberly Canale)

Anita Sarko ... Wedding Guest

Joey Perillo ... Wedding Guest
Christy Pusz ... Wedding Guest
Josephine Demme ... Wedding Guest

Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Wedding Guest
Joyce George ... Wedding Photographer
Stephany Boa ... Guest Electric Guitarist

Derrick Williams ... Dancemaster
Elizabeth Hayes ... Susanna Galeano

Marin Ireland ... Angela Paylin
Cyro Baptista ... Wedding Party Guest
Jose Mauricio De Faria ... Samba Troupe Member (as Zé Mauricío)
Michelle Clay ... Samba Troupe Member
Lisette Santiago De Faria ... Samba Troupe Member (as Lisette Santiago)
Silvana Marquina ... Samba Troupe Member
Marcus Santos ... Samba Troupe Member
Atlanta Foresyth ... Samba Troupe Member
Eldio 'Cabello' Rolim ... Samba Troupe Member
Tonia-Cara Forsters ... Lady in Red
Kate Rossi ... Lady in Red
Susan Helen van der Griend ... Lady in Red
Juliet Teakle ... Lady in Red

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Jenny Lumet (written by)

Produced by
Neda Armian .... producer
H.H. Cooper .... co-producer
Carol Cuddy .... executive producer
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Elizabeth Hayes .... associate producer
Ilona Herzberg .... executive producer
Marc Platt .... producer
Innbo Shim .... associate producer
Alyssa St. Vincent .... associate producer
Emily Woodburne .... associate producer
Original Music by
Donald Harrison Jr. 
Zafer Tawil 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
Casting by
Bernard Telsey 
Production Design by
Ford Wheeler 
Art Direction by
Kim Jennings 
Set Decoration by
Chryss Hionis 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Frank Barbosa .... key hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair styles designer
Sunday Englis .... special effects makeup artist
Louise McCarthy .... key makeup artist
Evelyne Noraz .... makeup creator
Susan Schectar .... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
Dina Sliwak .... additional makeup artist (uncredited )
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... unit production manager
Mark Kamine .... production supervisor
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... first assistant director
Nate Grubb .... second second assistant director
Jennifer Truelove .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amiee Clark .... art department coordinator
Will Comacho .... set dresser
Ray Fisher .... leadman
Michael D. Harrell .... property master
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic (as Mario Garza Herrera)
Ross Huttick .... set dressing foreman
Robin Koenig .... on-set dresser
Richard Vilas Montesanto .... scenic foreman (as Richard Montesanto)
Ivan Pazlamatchev .... camera scenic artist
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Michael Sabo .... property master (as Mike Sabo)
Amy Safhay .... lead greensperson
Stephen Caldwell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Shannon Canfield .... set dresser (uncredited)
Marcus Migliore .... set dresser (uncredited)
Saviel Rivera .... set dresser (uncredited)
Krystal Webb .... art department staff assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
David Flynch .... foley editor (as Dave Flynch)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Blake Leyh .... sound designer
Teferra McKenzie .... sound utility
Igor Nikolic .... dialogue editor
David Pastecchi .... boom operator
Roger Phenix .... additional sound recordist
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising dialogue editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... consultant: Dolby Sound
Paul Urmson .... sound mixer
Paul Urmson .... sound supervisor
Steven Visscher .... foley supervisor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Peter Amante .... visual effects: Tchya! Inc.
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Michael Turoff .... visual effects: XFX Inc.
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Matthew Conner .... compositor (uncredited)
Andrew Pungprakearti .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jill Brown .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Jill Brown .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert A. Agredo .... dolly grip (as Rob Agredo)
Michael W. Brennan .... best boy electric (as Mike Brennan)
Jack Coffen .... best boy rigging electric (as John Coffen)
Kathleen Corgan .... additional assistant camera (as Kath Corgan)
Richard Dolan .... rigging gaffer
Devin Donegan .... video playback operator
Bob Izzo .... best boy grip
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Charles Libin .... additional camera operator
John McEnerney .... key rigging grip
Joseph Metzger .... additional assistant camera
Igor Potashanik .... best boy rigging grip (as Igor Potashnik)
Declan Quinn .... camera operator
Gerard Sava .... additional camera operator
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer (as Bob Sciretta)
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Kevin Smyth .... key grip
Bob Vergara .... still photographer
Adam Hall .... grip (uncredited)
Todd S. Klein .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Eve Strickman .... digital utility (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tiffany Little Canfield .... casting associate
Pat Goodwin .... casting assistant (as Patrick Goodwin)
Arthur Dutkanicz .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Renee Godbout .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... costumer (as Amy Andrews Harrell)
Trenee Clayton .... costumer
Barbara Hause .... costume supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Delvan James .... costumer
Alison Parker .... key costumer (as Alison L. Parker)
Amy Ritchings .... assistant costume designer
Maura Trail .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Fay .... first assistant editor (as Michael Fay)
Frederick R. Northrup .... apprentice editor (as Fred Northrup)
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Adam Moore .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... first assistant music editor
John Carbonara .... on-set music assistant
Brooklyn Demme .... composer: additional music
Suzana Peric .... music designer
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Innbo Shim .... music supervisor
Tony Volante .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Henry S. Avelin .... transportation captain (as Henry Avelin)
Dennis Kelly .... transportation co-captain
Dennis Radesky .... driver: Mr. Demme
Other crew
Mara Alcaly .... location liaison
Mirashyam Blakeslee .... production assistant
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... assistant location manager
Jessica De La Cruz .... production assistant
Michel DeAscentiis .... production assistant
Greg Derasmo .... representative: Clinica Estetico
Sky Dietrich .... production assistant
Harper Dill .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
Betty Escobar .... accounting clerk
Jacob Felix .... liaison: Clinica Estetico
Samantha Feltus .... assistant: Ms. Armian
Katherine Frishe .... production assistant
Steve Gilbaud .... production accountant (as Steve Guilbaud)
Caroline Goodman-Thomases .... representative: Clinica Estetico
Michael Hathaway .... assistant: Ms. Hathaway
Joey Levy .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Melissa A. Messick .... production assistant (as Melissa Messick)
Paul Myers .... second assistant accountant
Annie-B. Parson .... choreographer (as Annie-B Parsons)
Holly Pilch .... assistant production coordinator
Kerry Roberts .... payroll accountant
Kevin Rosenberg .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Julie Sage .... production assistant
Michelle Sarama .... post-production accountant
Brennan Shroff .... first assistant accountant
Mary Tobler .... talent liaison
Steve Tozzi .... title designer
Daniel Wagner .... production coordinator
Hunter Whalen .... production assistant
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
Hillary Amster .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Joe Roche .... footage provider: Baltimore Shopping Network (uncredited)
Robert Altman .... thank you
Homa Armian .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Berg .... the producers wish to thank
Roger Corman .... thank you
Leslee Dart .... the producers wish to thank
Ramona Demme .... the producers wish to thank
Arnie Herrmann .... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Howard .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Jacobs .... the producers wish to thank (as Sue Jacobs)
Sidney Lumet .... thank you
Dannel Malloy .... the producers wish to thank: Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut
Elliot Roberts .... thank you
Ken Starr .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Young .... thank you
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
113 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Childhood photos of Anne Hathaway's younger brother Thomas served as photos of Ethan in the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Just before Kym wrecks the family car, the sound of the motor and the rate at which the scenery passes indicates the car is moving at high speed. However, the speedometer needle indicates a speed of only 5 - 10 miles per hour.See more »
Kym:You're a lawyer?
Kieran:Was. For about five minutes.
Kym:Say something Legal.
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180 out of 234 people found the following review useful.
Performances Outpace Story, 4 October 2008
Author: Luke Goldstein (goldwriting) from United States

In every actor's career there comes a moment where the critics and audiences rally around jumping for joy about how they've just witnessed a breakthrough performance. As stunning as these performances are, the term "breakthrough" always felt a little out of place to me since it's only on rare occasions the actor in question is relatively new. Most times they are people who have been pounding the boards and scraping the screen for years. In those terms, the breakthrough is nothing more than a large group of people seeing that actor in a new light for the first time, mostly in something they never imagined before. Now the newly colored spotlight falls on Anne Hathaway and her powerful turn as Kym in Rachel's Getting Married.

The film is a slice of life piece detailing a small space of time, only a few days, where Kym returns home from a rehab clinic just in time for her sister Rachel's wedding. Anyone who has ever taken part in arranging a wedding, especially one taking place in the family home, knows the extreme stress already present, so toss a young, partially unstable girl into the mix and top it off with a nice coating of family denial and dark skeletons in the hallway closet, then you get the full picture of this film. Relationships are strained, ties pulled so tight and taut they could snap and still they try to work it out through screaming, laughing and crying (not necessarily in that order). After all, it's about a wedding, who's not happy at those? Before giving Anne her due credit, let me shed some light on someone most people won't know off the top of their heads. Rosemarie DeWitt plays the title role of Rachel and she does it with the utmost tenderness and subtlety. What she brings across is the inherent hatred, resentment and unending compassion sisters can feel for each other, even through the worst of storms. With a film more comfortable in the category of "ensemble piece", Rosemarie is the catalyst and pushes the energy along, changing and charging every one of her scenes. But the light shines brightest on Anne Hathaway as Kym, the ex-junkie, ex-alcoholic, ex-return rehab patient bordering on becoming an ex-family member. Audiences claim this as a breakthrough performance because they fell in love with Anne in The Princess Diaries movies, Ella Enchanted and the wonderfully wicked The Devil Wears Prada. Yet what they might not remember is she's played rougher, tougher roles in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, showing the more mature and adult side of her skills. So I wasn't all that shocked to witness the brilliance she brought to this film, but I will celebrate it all the same. Anne jumps in and exposes a vulnerability, a cavern of pain and lost love, which drives the emotional core of the picture. From opening credits to the closing moment, she is the elephant in the room everyone must deal with and the magical point is this is the first time where the audience can begin to empathize with the elephant and not the onlookers. I can't end the acting portion of this review without bringing up Bill Irwin and Debra Winger as well. Bill plays her father and churns out a tenderness only an accomplished actor such as himself could generate. There are such small moments, such tiny fractures in his facade which allow you to peer into the heart of a man trying to choose between his greatest love and his greatest loss. On the other side, Debra Winger plays her mother, who has chosen to block out the pain in her past and skate by the rest of her life, allowing the blackness and hurt to fester and suffocate any chance at a real connection with her daughters. As you can read, the acting on display here is sensational and will undoubtedly be remembered during awards season.

As a total film, I'm not sure the story reaches the same heights. A lot of great scenes and spectacular moments are created, but the story lacks cohesion. A particular subplot about the family and its deep love for music is mentioned and referred to over and over, but never fully explained or explored, which weighs down later scenes during the wedding celebration and the overlong musical sequences. During most of the musical moments, all I really wanted was to get back to the story, back to the family and to Kym. Also, the connection between Rosemarie and her soon-to-be husband Sydney (played by Tunde Adebimpe) never quite comes across. There is a wonderful moment during their wedding vows, but it could have been helped even more if their relationship had been more centered earlier on.

On the directing front, Jonathan Demme, with the assistance of a touchingly tender script from Jenny Lumet, helps craft a reality we can all believe in, a home we can all feel we've been to before. Much of this intimacy and nuance came from the free form style of camera movement, with the actors never knowing where and when the camera was going to appear on them. Everyone was basically playing everything from the moment he yelled action, so there were emotional surprises around every pan of the camera. That technique gave the movie a certain level of improv or even documentary feeling, like the audience was the most silent of voyeurs.

Recommendation: A powerful series of moments, filled with terrific acting, that don't quite come together as a film. Certainly has great value to witness, but the theater experience might not be necessary. Also, this really is meant for those viewers not afraid to open themselves up to it.

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