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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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Jonathan Demme

Writer:

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$293,369, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$12,796,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,623,013
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Kym: [Late to rehab meeting, she knocks over a chair] Cocksucker!
Kieran: [Who had been addressing the crowd] Uh, only once. My dealer. I was very hard up for cash.
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Excellent Study of Family Dysfunction (But Please Stop Using Hand-held Cameras!)
29 October 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

The kind of movie that gives films about family dysfunction a good name.

Anne Hathaway plays Kym, troubled younger sister to Rachel, who's (as the title suggests) getting married. Kym gets a leave of absence from rehab in order to attend Rachel's nuptials. Once she's back home, old sores open up, sisterly resentment boils over, and the accusations and tears fly, all while ineffectual dad (Bill Irwin) tries to play referee and emotionally distant mom (Debra Winger) remains auspiciously absent.

If this sounds like a slog to sit through, don't be scared off. Unlike the recent and absolutely atrocious "Margot at the Wedding," which this film reminded me of, "Rachel Getting Married" is full of flawed but deeply sympathetic characters who I for one cared tremendously about. Anne Hathaway gives the kind of performance that will convince people she's more than just a pretty face, while she's met every step of the way by the less well known Rosemarie Dewitt, who plays Rachel. In a movie like this, it's crucial that the audience understands the back story that led the characters to their current dynamic, and it's a minor miracle that "Rachel Getting Married" does that without the use of flashbacks, voice over or even extensive scenes of plot exposition. Much of the story is told through nuance, in slight expressions or gestures, and the cast is uniformly fierce, every single member creating complex, flesh-and-blood people that aren't easy to instantly categorize. The film is an acting tour de force in every sense of the word.

Hathaway and Dewitt get the most opportunities to shine, but Irwin and Winger do wonders in their smaller roles as the parents. Winger, in particular, is devastating.

My only complaint is a big one -- an edict must be passed in Hollywood banning directors from filming entire movies with hand-held cameras. The trend is cliché and over. No, it does not add "realism" to a film. It merely distracts from all of the other elements that are good enough to stand on their own without the gimmickry. The cinematography was much less obtrusive in this film than in some others I can name, but it still served as a liability, not an asset.

Grade: A


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