Rachel Getting MarriedDirector: Jonathan Demme
Lingering tensions clash with new hopes in director Jonathan Demme's ensemble drama set during an idyllic wedding that threatens to descend into chaos with the appearance of the bride's estranged sister -- a volatile and unpredictable girl whose turbulent history of personal crisis and family conflict quickly threatens to take precedence over the happy ceremony. Rachel Buchman (Rosemarie DeWitt) is about to be married to the love of her life, but while the weather outside may be perfect, there's a storm blowing in. That storm goes by the name Kym (Anne Hathaway). Kym is the family black sheep, and wherever she goes disaster is sure to follow. Now, as friends and family gather together for a memorable day of dining, dancing, and celebration, everyone braces themselves knowing that, at any given moment, old skeletons may be dragged out and dusted off for display by the bombshell who seems to have an acerbic one-liner for every situation, and a flare for drama that could set their family home ablaze. Bill Irwin and Debra Winger co-star.
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Cast & Crew
|Anne Hathaway||Kym Buchman|
|Rosemarie DeWitt||Rachel Buchman|
|Bill Irwin||Paul Buchman|
|Tunde Adebimpe||Sidney Williams|
|Anna Deavere Smith||Carol|
|Beau Sia||Wedding Czar|
|Elizabeth Hayes||Susanna Galeano|
|Innbo Shim||Wedding Planner|
|Zafer Tawil||Violin Friend|
|Tamyra Gray||Singing Friend|
|Darrell Larson||12-Step Group Leader|
|Michele Federer||12-Step Reader|
|Pastor Melvin Jones||12-Step Speaker|
|Matthew Stadelmann||12-Step First-Timer|
|Quincy Tyler Bernstine||12-Step Receptionist|
|Annaleigh Ashford||Quick Stop Cashier|
|Robyn Hitchcock||Wedding Band Performer|
|Sister Carol East||Wedding Band Performer|
|Carol Jean Lewis||Sidney's Mom|
|Fab Five Freddy||Wedding Performer|
|Roger Corman||Party Guest with Movie Camera|
|Kyrah Julian||Sidney's Sister|
|Sebastian Stan||Walter, bowtie party guest|
|Robert W. Castle||Actor|
|H.H. Cooper||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Carol Cuddy||Executive Producer|
|Donald Harrison||Score Composer|
|Elizabeth Hayes||Associate Producer|
|Ilona Herzberg||Executive Producer|
|Kim Jennings||Art Director|
|Susan Lyall||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Marc E. Platt||Producer|
|Innbo Shim||Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Zafer Tawil||Score Composer|
|Ford Wheeler||Production Designer|
|Emily Woodburne||Associate Producer|
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I LOVED this movie, I'm no recovering drug addict but I could totally relate to Anne Hathaway's character. We've all made mistakes, some we feel are unforgettable, and this movie is about trying to pick up the pieces and start over again, even if people don't really believe in you or trust you...it was a tear jerker...least for me it was. But a great movie, i highly recommend you give it a try.
This movie was incredible. I have studied film, and I can tell you what technically makes a good film, and what makes a bad one. The people giving this movie bad reviews are obviously of the group that have no intellect concerning movies beyond what entertains them and grabs their spastic attention. I have heard people say there are awkward scenes and long gaps of silence, and even pointless camera angles. This is a load of hogwash. The director chose to shoot every angle for a specific reason. The entire film was shot with a handheld camera, which distinguishes it from other films in the same category. The plot was emotional (for those of us with similar experiences). The "boring" parts were actually there for emphasis and drawing-in, but people obviously cannot wrap their brains around that. Just because there isn't a giant robot sending a missile hurtling toward the planet does not mean this movie is boring. I hope more people will give this film a chance, because at this rate it will end up as the diamond in the ruff of misunderstood masterpieces. After seeing this movie once I know it is one of my favorites. (And I have seen A LOT of movies.) Anne Hathaway said herself that by the end of reading the script she was on the floor crying. This is the film I wish I had written.
One of the best written films I've seen in a while. It has a rare form of emotional intellect and realism that isn't easy to find. I think its pretty typical that the popular and well liked movies have heavy, convoluted plots and not much emphasis on character. This movie offers the exact opposite formula and I think that accounts for a lot of the negative reviews. The directing and overall cinematography does take a while to get used to but if you take the effort to connect with the characters and the story, I don't think its hard to understand or appreciate why the movie was shot in that fashion. Rachel Getting Married is meant to be personal. And the style of the writing and the directing relays that very well. This is a very cohesive project that does require a little give and take from the viewer. But ultimately its a very moving character piece well worth a watch.
I bought this movie after seeing a trailer and it didn't come out in my state. This was a good movie though I was really surprise at the complexity and how well it was. It almost shot in a documentary style and it feels at time like you are watching a documentary. The way the music is presented is vary different from most movies. The family in it seem vary real. Ane Hathaway gives a memorable performance and show just hard addiction can be. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is willing to take a chance on something different.
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED proved to be an entry card for Anne Hathaway's Oscar nomination, and while she turns in a strong performance, there is really very little else to recommend this film so unlike the work of Jonathan Demme. Written by Jenny Lumet, the story of a dysfunctional family on the weekend of the marriage of daughter Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) being upturned by the arrival of daughter Kym (Hathaway) on temporary leave from a rehab center and the clashes that occur from this planned happy event being replaced by the revelation of occult demons from the past is the nearly two hour noisy ennui that forms this film. There are a few moments of interest (Kym's AA meeting revelations, the tragedy that drove Kym's mother - adroitly played by Debra Winger - away in divorce, and the clash between Rachel and Kym), but the bulk of this film is noisy partying that goes on forever and adds very little to the tension that should have been the focus of the film. For this viewer the performance (albeit brief) by Debra Winger is the reason to sit through this otherwise pretty boring film. One would expect the presence of the fine actress Anna Deavere Smith to heighten the action, but she is given little to do except fade into the woodwork. It is an interminable wedding celebration that only at the end finds a center. Grady Harp
Couldn't get through it. Shot in an annoying hand-held jittery camera style. On top of this, it also had an "ad-libbed" writing style. I thought this movie was horrible.
Imagine watching an amateur home video of a bunch of annoying strangers. Now imagine watching it for almost 2 hours. That's what this movie is like. Anne Hathaway's performance is good, but no where near enough to save this train wreck of a movie.
I am an Anne Hathaway fan however this movie is a complete train wreck. Not even Anne's acting ability was able to salvage this clunker. The dialogue scenes were way too long and annoying. I am not sure what the director was trying to accomplish other than complete boredom. I want my time back!
Omigosh....do not waste your time or money....I watched the whole thing but wished I hadn't....wished I had not spent the money but who knew that Anne Hathaway would be in such a yucky movie....and she was nominated for some award....Puhleeze!!! Bad movie.