Rachel Getting Married (2008)



Critic Consensus: Rachel Getting Married is an engrossing tale of family angst, highlighted by Anne Hathaway's powerful performance and director Jonathan Demme's return to form.

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When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym--with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama--is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
R (for language and brief sexuality)
Drama , Romance
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Bill Irwin
as Paul
Mather Zickel
as Kieran
Jerome LePage
as Andrew
Victoria Haynes
as Bridesmaid
Beau Sia
as Wedding Czar
Elizabeth Hayes
as Susanna Galeano
Innbo Shim
as Wedding Planner
Zafer Tawil
as Violin Friend
Darrell Larson
as 12-Step Group Leader
Michele Federer
as 12-Step Reader
Pastor Melvin Jones
as 12-Step Speaker
Matthew Stadelmann
as 12-Step First-Timer
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
as 12-Step Receptionist
Annaleigh Ashford
as Quick Stop Cashier
Robyn Hitchcock
as Wedding Band Performer
Sister Carol East
as Wedding Band Performer
Carol Jean Lewis
as Sidney's Mom
Roger Corman
as Party Guest with Movie Camera
Kyrah Julian
as Sidney's Sister
Sebastian Stan
as Walter, bowtie party guest
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Critic Reviews for Rachel Getting Married

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (48)

Those who surrender to Demme's disarming, almost participatory technique will find themselves overwhelmed, exhilarated and inspired by the eternal possibilities of cinema.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Even Hathaway's remarkable, Oscar-worthy performance can't save it.

November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Rosemary Dewitt is fantastic.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Rachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a successful experiment that leaves you with a mix of hope and despair. To the lovers, best wishes. To the lonely, our sympathies.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

By the time you leave the theater, you feel like you were one of the guests. I, for one, was happy for the invitation.

October 24, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rachel Getting Married

Miserable, unlikable people interact with other miserable, unlikable people. How is that supposed to be entertainment? Anne Hathaway's character is one of the more loathsome leads you'll ever see in a movie.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

You'd better be in a good mood when you see this; it is very much of a downward spiral. Beautiful example of ensemble acting. The family interaction is so real you lose yourself in their dysfunctional drama. Of course the star of the show is Anne Hathaway. I'm not big on movies about addiction and recovering addicts, but Hathaway has gone so deeply into the psyche of her character that you'd think she herself had lived through the experience. Without a doubt, this is Hathaway's best performance so far. I've never seen her so fully inhabit a character. Props too to Bill Irwin, the father who cares too blindly and, guiltily, too much.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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It's not that this is bad movie -- it's very very well made and the acting is excellent. Also loved the music. I guess I just couldn't relate to the "family agst" and Connecticut suburbia. Recommended, but not encouraged.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

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