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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walter / Bowtie Party Guest
... Rosa
... Kym
... Paul
... Carol
... Quick Stop Cashier
Zafer Tawil ... Violin Friend
Beau Sia ... Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim ... Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson ... Wedding P.A.
Olive ... The Poodle
... Rachel
Anisa George ... Emma
... Singing Friend
... Bridesmaid


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A story about all the drama. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing with Shiva  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Kym: All of you people living in this little world of judgment and paranoia and mistrust. I can feel it all the time. It's like... At the slightest sign of ingratitude or absence of atonement, it's like the fucking Salem witch trials around here.
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: Rufus Getting Married (2009) See more »


Written by Buddy Holly (uncredited) and Norman Petty (uncredited)
Performed by Rogue Wave
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Boring, Unpleasant, Empty, Pointless and Overrated Film with Unlikable Characters
2 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

In Connecticut, after years of rehab, the drug addicted Kym (Anne Hathaway) is released to go to the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). Kym killed her young brother in a car accident while driving drugged, and now she faces the lack of trust of her father and friends. Along a couple with days with her dysfunctional family, Kym has a resented treatment from her sister and the grief of her father.

"Rachel Getting Married" is a boring, unpleasant, empty, pointless and overrated film with unlikable characters. Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Jonathan Demme and the hype and the fake marketing increased my disappointment with awful flick. The DVD released in Brazil by Sony distributor has on the front cover the statement: "The Best Film of the Year", from a certain David Edelstein from New York Magazine that was probably being ironic or has watched this only movie in 2008. The character of Anne Hathaway having free intercourse with the guy from Hawaii is completely out of the context of the story. The boring music score is a dreadful mess. My vote is two.

Title (Brazil): "O Casamento de Rachel" ("The Wedding of Rachel")

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