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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

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Jonathan Demme

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Jenny Lumet
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Stan ... Walter / Bowtie Party Guest
Roslyn Ruff ... Rosa
Anne Hathaway ... Kym
Bill Irwin ... Paul
Anna Deavere Smith ... Carol
Annaleigh Ashford ... Quick Stop Cashier
Zafer Tawil Zafer Tawil ... Violin Friend
Beau Sia ... Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim Innbo Shim ... Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson Eliza Simpson ... Wedding P.A.
Olive Olive ... The Poodle
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Rachel
Anisa George Anisa George ... Emma
Tamyra Gray ... Singing Friend
Victoria Haynes ... Bridesmaid
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Storyline

Kym Buchman has been in drug rehab for nine months, during which time she has been clean. She is released temporarily from the facility to attend her sister Rachel Buchman's wedding. During her release, Kym is staying at the family home, where the wedding is taking place. As such, it is like Grand Central Station for the duration of Kym's stay, which may not be the most conducive situation for her in constantly being exposed to the watching eyes of those who know and don't yet know her, but know of her situation. The reunion with her family members starts off well enough, but issues around Kym's release from rehab quickly surface. Kym and Rachel's father, Paul Buchman, wants to make sure that Kym is all right at all times, which to Kym feels instead like he doesn't trust her. Rachel slowly begins to resent Kym's situation taking over what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life, some of which is directed by Kym, some of which isn't. One person present but largely not included ... Written by Huggo

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A story about all the drama. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing with Shiva See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$293,369, 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,796,277, 19 April 2009
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Color (DeLuxe)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Anne Hathaway and Sebastian Stan played comic book characters in separate movies. Anne Hathaway portrayed Catwoman/Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Sebastian Stan portrays Winter Solider/James "Bucky" Barnes in Captain America The First Avenger (2011), Captain America The Winter Solider (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame . Also known as, the white wolf. See more »

Goofs

A scene depicts the family arranging the wedding dinner's table seating, moving around small figurines. Kym is hurt that she is not at the family table. The wedding dinner turns out to be held on the lawn, with small tables at which guests can choose their own seat. See more »

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Counter Girl: [Kym walks into the convenience store] Hey! Didn't I see you on Cops?
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Finally. The Devil Got Smart.
8 February 2009 | by thesar-2See all my reviews

I can see why Anne Hathaway got nominated (I was so hoping she would've evolved from 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'Get Smart' and like heck she did.) Her performance in 'Rachel Getting Married' was nothing short of astounding, believable and sympathetic – not a minute passed that I truly didn't believe she was reliving her past, remorseful, yearning to change and attempting to cope. I do, however, disagree with director Jonathan Demme not getting any recognition from the Academy. His work was excellent, and it's awesome to see him go from possibly my favorite film, 'The Silence of the Lambs' to what appears to be a no-budget, indie film. I loved the documentary, real-life feel of the film, the way it's forgiven (on being yet another dysfunctional family drama) and forgotten (that it's actually a movie, that is.) The film, shown over a course of a short period of getting ready, families meeting for the first time, rehearsals, reunions and the actual wedding, was so wonderfully and realistically shot. On the downside was the excessive, loud and annoying music segments (again, real life, but still distracting and thankfully, Hathaway's "Kim" asks them to stop once) really took away from what we were learning about the family and the overload of complex issues this family had to deal with. It was almost as if seven Lifetime films were rolled into one, but at least they didn't try and solve everything within two hours. The movie's recommended for the exceptional Hathaway performance (much like Clint Eastwood's 'Gran Torino' which is worth seeing, if only for Eastwood's excellent performance, another undeserved Oscar snub) as was the real-life portrayal of a wedding and families brought together. You will truly believe these people are family and maybe rethink some of your own problems.


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