Rachel Getting Married

2008

Rachel Getting Married

Critics 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.

84%

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Total Count: 200

62%

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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.

Cast

Victoria Haynes
as Bridesmaid
Beau Sia
as Wedding Czar
Elizabeth Hayes
as Susanna Galeano
Innbo Shim
as Wedding Planner
Zafer Tawil
as Violin Friend
Tamyra Gray
as Singing 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

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  • Hathaway's performance has been deservedly nominated for an Oscar. Whether or not she wins, here's hoping the associated kudos saves her from ever having to do another Bride Wars.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Demme...allows events to meander at times, but his cast is deft and emotionally direct.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Those who surrender to Demme's disarming, almost participatory technique will find themselves overwhelmed, exhilarated and inspired by the eternal possibilities of cinema.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…
  • If anyone can claw the Oscar statuette from Kate Winslet's eager hands, it's likely to be Anne Hathaway for her brittle, emotionally ragged performance as a recovering drug addict.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • I found these heart-on-sleeve sequences really charming and open, and the people in them looked like real human beings and not actors - overemotional, perhaps, but overemotional in the way real people are at real weddings.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You'll be very glad you were invited because this is a friendly, unpretentious bash, with not a meringue dress in sight. The speeches are funny, the music is ace and the mood falls just the right side of sentimental mushiness.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Rachel Getting Married

  • Aug 05, 2012
    Strong performances with Anne Hathaway coming out on top. The hand-held camera gives a lot of freedom to Jonathan Demme and his cinematographer, making the entire film surprisingly dynamic. It's also very well-written by Sidney Lumet's daughter, everything is revealed in the right time, and once again Demme does a pretty amazing job directing, as everything and everyone seem so natural. Solid family drama.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2012
    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 : Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    Prime display of familial dysfunction and the tangency needed between its members, Rachel Getting Married is bolstered by the strong performances of its leading lady and it's under-recognized supporting cast. A home-video-esque camera may frustrate some, but actually helps to emphasize the film's voyeuristic perspective, creating a truly genuine viewing experience.
    Cody H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2011
    The story of what would be every recovering drug addict's worse nightmare...confronting the ongoing struggle of sobriety. Kym comes home in time to spend some time with her family fresh out of rehab. Her sister is getting married and her coming to grips with the folks that she has hurt while she was battling her addiction...is quite a time for her to pick to apologize and make amends on the wrongs she has done during what is supposed to be her sister's happiest time of her life...a very good drama..worth seeing.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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