A young woman with a history of drug problems is given temporary release from her rehabilitation facility to attend her sister’s wedding, but her arrival causes heated family tensions to bubble to the surface.
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Essential cinema. In what may be his finest directorial work Demme takes a sublime script by Jenny Lumet and turns it into cinematic gold. Casting is exceptional working with a fine mix of newcomers and veterans as well as paying tribute to his own cinematic past in casting the various wedding guests and performers. Bill Irwin and Anne Hathaway are heart breaking here and Rose Marie Dewitt perfection.
This is an extraordinary picture that is crafted beautifully by the great Jonathan Demme. Demme immerses us into this film and the family that inhabits it by making the film feel like a documentary but a drama first and foremost. Anne Hathaway gives a gut wrenching emotional performance. The supporting cast is beautiful as well as they deliver some very natural performances that almost make this film seem real.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Easily falls under the only-need-to-see-it-once category. Obviously the point but Rachel Getting Married is an incredibly awkward and uncomfortable watch with a ton of superfluous filler rife with pretentiousness. I kept praying Hathaway's character would relapse into an OD even if I didn't mind Jonathan Demme's visual style. (Yes, put the damn camera down.) A decent watch but not very engaging.
So I kind of was able to respect Hathaway here as she proved herself as a decent actor, however all her later films has just shown how awful she is. Maybe it was just the direction of Jonathan Demme, I don't know. I think it's a superior film anyway and deserves a 5-star. Big ups for Tunde Adebimpe as well!
Honest, raw, and authentic. It’s a pretty realistic illustration of what recovery looks like. The family dynamics are on point and the Kym’s behaviors and self absorption mimic what I have seen in numerous addicts. (personally know addicts and used to be a therapist at a drug rehab center). Glad I gave miss Hathaway a chance, cuz I can't stand her...