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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Jenny Lumet
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Zafer Tawil ... Violin Friend
Beau Sia ... Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim Innbo Shim ... Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson Eliza Simpson ... Wedding P.A.
Olive Olive ... The Poodle
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Rachel
Anisa George Anisa George ... Emma
Tamyra Gray ... Singing Friend
Victoria Haynes ... Bridesmaid
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The perfect weekend for a wedding - but the storm is coming. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing with Shiva See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$293,369, 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,796,277, 19 April 2009
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dishwasher scene was based on an actual event involving Sidney Lumet and Bob Fosse. See more »

Goofs

A scene depicts the family arranging the wedding dinner's table seating, moving around small figurines. Kym is hurt that she is not at the family table. The wedding dinner turns out to be held on the lawn, with small tables at which guests can choose their own seat. See more »

Quotes

Paul: All you young people who applauded can go fuck yourselves!
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.114 (2009) See more »

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Up to Our Nex
Words and Music by Robyn Hitchcock
Performed by Robyn Hitchcock
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Rachel Gets Married, Audience Gets Headache
11 October 2008 | by IraSezSee all my reviews

A great performance by Anne Hathaway and a good story gets lost inside a horribly shot and edited film. Way to many "why did they do this" questions, way to many overly long scenes, and quite possibly the worst use of hand held camera technology in recent memory. 2 or 3 scenes could have been cut by more then half and gotten twice the effect. The use of music became annoying. People were walking out claiming to be nauseous, have headaches, etc. Would love to see have seen one steady shot, one establishing shot, one non-closeup. With that said, was worth seeing just for the performance of Anne Hathaway who was a revelation and now catapults to the head of the class of the 20 something acting class. This emotional performance marks a turning point in her career and makes me want to revisit some of her past performances to see what was there.


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