Rachel Getting Married

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2008


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Jonathan Demme
Lingering tensions clash with new hopes in director Jonathan Demme's ensemble drama set during an idyllic wedding in leafy Connecticut that threatens to descend into chaos with the appearance of the bride's estranged sister, a volatile and unpredictable girl whose messy 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. She is coming out of a drug addict rehanilitation center for the weekend to attend her sister's wedding. 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.moreless


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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It's a small movie, and in some ways a very sad one, but it has an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Best and most unexpected of all, Rachel Getting Married dares to mix the bitter with the sweet. It understands that life-altering situations like weddings not only bring out the wo...

  • 90

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Brimming with energy, elan and the unpredictability of his "Something Wild," Jonathan Demme's triumphant Rachel Getting Married may just lay the wedding film to rest, being such a ...

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