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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 ..
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Writer (WGA):
Jenny Lumet (written by)
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Release Date:
7 November 2008 (USA) See more »
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. 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 ... Wedding Guest
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Olive Hui ... Caterer (uncredited)

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 Sliwiak .... additional makeup artist (uncredited ) (as Dina Sliwak)
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)
Dave Flynch .... foley editor
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
Rob Agredo .... dolly grip
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)
Location Management
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... assistant location manager
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
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
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
Caroline Goodman-Thomases .... representative: Clinica Estetico
Steve Guilbaud .... production accountant
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
Hillary Amster .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Joe Roche .... footage provider: Baltimore Shopping Network (uncredited)
William Sepulveda .... key craft service (uncredited)
Eva Vedock .... key craft service (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)
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Jenny Lumet spent about 7 weeks writing the script. It was her first to be made into a film, even though it was the writer's 5th screenplay.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Paul:Sidney, I love you and you're a very talented man but you don't know anything about loading dishes.
Sidney:With all due respect sir, the mantle has passed.
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125 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
Hathaway Excels in a Fierce If Overlong Drama About Coming Home and Facing Demons, 12 October 2008
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Sitting through a movie about sibling rivalry at a wedding, especially one starring the doe-eyed and normally facile Anne Hathaway, sounds like a potentially painful way to spend an evening. However, as directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Jenny Lumet (Sidney's daughter), this 2008 drama is not a lightweight star vehicle à la Julia Roberts circa 1997 but a darkly realistic look at the dysfunction within a family thrown into disarray. Using an almost cinéma vérité style, Demme explores how a wedding reopens old wounds within a family in a naturalistic way made all the more palpable by the emotional acuity in Lumet's screenplay.

The focus is on Kym, a chain-smoking former model who has spent the last several months in rehab. As a substance abuser whose only armor is cutting sarcasm, she is absurdly hopeful that her sister Rachel's wedding will be a harbinger for unconditional love from her upscale Connecticut family. Therein lies the problem as her narcissism provides the catalyst for long-simmering tensions that uncork during the preparations for a lavish, Indian-themed wedding weekend (the movie's working title was "Dancing with Shiva"). It soon becomes clear that Kym's link to a past tragedy is at the core of the unpredictable dynamics that force confrontations and regrettable actions among the four principal family members. Rachel appears to be Kym's sensible opposite, but their alternately close and contentious relationship shows how they have not full recovered from past resentments. Their remarried father Paul is a bundle of loving support to the point of unctuous for both his girls, while their absentee mother Abby is the exact opposite - guarded and emotionally isolated until she is forced to face both her accountability and anger in one shocking moment.

Anne Hathaway is nothing short of a revelation as Kym. Instead of playing the role against the grain of her screen persona, she really shows what would happen if one of her previous characters – say, Andy Sachs in "The Devil Wears Prada" - went another route entirely. The actress' studiousness and persistence are still very much in evidence, but the story allows her to use these traits under the guise of a self-destructive, often unlikable addict who gains attention through her outrageous self-absorption. As the put-upon title character, Rosemarie DeWitt realistically shows Rachel's sense of pain and resentment as the attention veers to Kym during plans for the most important day of her life. Bill Irwin is winning as the unapologetically grateful Paul, but it's really Debra Winger who steals her all-too-brief scenes by bringing the remote character of Abby to life. Now in her early fifties, the famously tempestuous actress seems to rein in her innate fieriness to play a woman who consciously disconnects herself from the family she raised. What remains is a crumbling façade of propriety masking this obvious gap. It's similar to Mary Tyler Moore's turn as the cold mother in "Ordinary People", but casting the normally vibrant Winger (who probably would have played Kym a quarter century ago) is a masterstroke.

The film is not perfect. Demme's home-video approach, while novel at first, proves wearing over the 114-minute running time. Pacing is also a problem, especially when the focus turns to the minutiae of the wedding ceremony and reception. I wish Demme could have cut this part of the film, so we could get to the icy, unfinished resolution sooner. As a filmmaker who obviously enjoys making music concert films ("Stop Making Sense", "Neil Young: Heart of Gold"), there are quite a few musical performances presented in total. However, for non-aficionados, it may prove too much over time. While it's refreshing to see interracial marriages treated so casually (Lumet's grandmother is legend Lena Horne), Demme makes almost too big a point in presenting a global community though the diverse music and the wedding's multi-cultural themes. The movie starts to feel like a Putumayo collection of third-world performances. Still, Demme's intentions can't be faulted, and neither can the piercing work of Hathaway and Winger.

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