Opening 2 Apr 2009
Produced and directed by Jonathan Demme (Adaptation, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), and written by Jenny Lumet, this family drama stars Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada) in the lead role.
Kym (Hathaway) returns from rehab to be part of her sister Rachel's (Rosemary Dewitt) wedding celebration: a musical, multi-cultural event, bringing together a black and a white family, and honoring unity and joy in a dysfunctional world. The setting seems perfect to lovingly embrace Kym in the bosom of her family once more; but her state is fragile, and she is incapable of putting her own personal dramas aside to let Rachel be the centre of attention. Friction between the two sisters begins to stir and overflow into Kym's relationship with her over-protective father Paul (Bill Irwin), and her divorced mother Abby (Debra Winger); little by little, Kym becomes the catalyst that brings to surface a number of long-standing issues and conflicts. While some of the problems are faced and dealt with, Kym comes to realise that others are still too deep-seated and that she is not yet ready to return to normal society...
Anne Hathaway well deserves all the recognition she has been receiving for this role; but Rachel Getting Married is full of excellently portrayed characters that manage to touch the audience in a real way. However small the part, the viewer will connect and sympathise. (Osanna Vaughn)