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

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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
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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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A story about all the drama. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing with Shiva  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$293,369, 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,796,277, 19 April 2009
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Trivia

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

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When Kym and Rachel are talking as Rachel is trying on her dress, Rachel bends down to the floor and her arm disappears from the shot, in the next shot Rachel's side is visible again as if she had stood up instantly. See more »

Quotes

Carol: Nobody can make you feel any kind of way unless you let them. Period. The end.
Kym: Thank you, Carol, but you people are my family. I mean, you make me feel like shit a hundred times a day.
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Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

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Performed by Tamyra Gray
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Who knew family dysfunction could be so boring?
5 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

In theory, this should be a great movie - interesting enough plot, good cast with good performances. A number of things drive this movie over a bridge to drown. To start, this movie consists of about 30 minutes of actual story, and 80 minutes of disjointed musical scenes and irrelevant cutaways. These scenes immediately kill any type of flow or sense of building climax. Anne Hathaway's character is embarrassingly painful to watch; are we really expected to sympathize with someone so self absorbed? Absolutely none of the character's conflicts (internal or external) are explored to any depth. This is a true shame as this is where the focus should have been, and not on the annoyingly long rehearsal dinner performances/speeches, or the never ending wedding songs and dances which have no segue in or out. Then we also have the horrible camera work. As the father tells his new son-in-law's brother, "put the camera down already!" Unnecessary 'artful' touches don't hide the fact that you haven't conquered basic story telling.


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