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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.


Jonathan Demme


Jenny Lumet
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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


Kym has a car wreck on the eve of her sister's wedding by driving straight into a huge rock. When the tow truck driver drops her off at home, you can see the front of the car has no damage. See more »


Rehearsal Dinner Guest: We are gathered here to celebrate love pure and simple. Rachel is pure. Sidney is simple. May the two of you live and love for as long as you want, but never want for as long as you live. And most importantly, may all of your ups and downs come only in the bedroom.
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Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »


Unknown Legend
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Tunde Adebimpe
Tunde Adebimpe appears courtesy of Interscope Records and 4AD
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Coffee colored people by the score
17 June 2009 | by FYEyeSee all my reviews

Is it just me and my cynical/jaded view of the world? Or was this simply a movie that was unconvincing from the beginning? Why didn't I connect with these characters? All these multicultural, musical, self-aware and self-expressed house guests who have gathered for this upscale, esoteric (vaguely East Indian themed but throw in the United Nations for good measure) wedding with a full dress rehearsal two nights before, all hosted at a home with way-too-many bedrooms....it was as if the cast of Hair had been transported into some retired banker's mansion in Connecticut for a love-in....I mean who ARE all these people and what do they do and how do they earn a living and where do they get their tolerant world view from and how come they can all do witty monologues (or sing a cappella) with a hand-held mike....it didn't all make sense to me and thus I found the whole movie derailed by an unreality....it just seemed like a whole bunch of actors acting...and it was hard to connect with the raw pain the writer no doubt intended we would share and feel.....only when Ann Hathaway's mannerisms and facial expressions conveyed how she felt like she didn't belong amidst the joyous after-wedding celebrations did I, for one, get transcended from seeing an acting performance to the vicarious experience of a point of despair and isolation I am sad to admit I can personally recognize.....

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing with Shiva See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$293,369, 5 October 2008

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