Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

DVD - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In and out of rehab for the past 10 years, Kym Buchman returns to the family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel. She brings with her a long history of personal crisis and family conflict. The wedding party, friends and relatives have gathered for an idyllic weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym's passion for the dramatic incites tension in the family.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781435941892
Branch Call Number: DVD RAC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 30, 2020

Jonathan Demme’s unabashed tribute to Robert Altman certainly captures some of the latter’s style with handheld camerawork giving the impression of a reality TV episode, music limited to live incidental, and dialogue coming from every angle with the spontaneity of improv. But for all its sincerity and darkly comedic elements the production is riddled with too many potholes to be anything more than a flattering imitation. Hathaway is a one-note wonder as she lashes out leaving the rest of the cast in a constant state of having to react. If she wasn’t there would ANYONE have ANYTHING to say? And in a curious casting decision screenwriter Jenny Lumet (daughter of Sidney) makes some very strange bedfellows as Rachel, an uptight Connecticut WASP, marries into a free-wheeling Jamaican family in a tacky faux-Indian ceremony immediately followed by a reception where everyone dutifully dances to everything from Brazilian beats and garage grunge to rap and 80s-style ballads. Not so much a wedding then as a United Colours of Benetton photo op. And it’s all way too long with too many side trips like a ridiculous pissing contest between father and son-in-law to determine who can load a dishwasher more efficiently, a dragged out segment whose sole purpose (a dramatic reveal so dad can have his 15 seconds of emoting) is not worth the wait. The idea of contrasting a celebration of unity with one woman’s acute sense of familial estrangement is effective enough and when it manages to focus it hits like an emotional hammer—a climactic comeuppance between Kym and her mother (Debra Winger, magnificent) goes for the gut—but those moments when it doesn’t the story is left floundering in search of a thread. The fact that the closing credits include heartfelt thanks to Robert Altman and Roger Corman (?!) is interesting to say the least.

Oct 06, 2018

This 2008 indie/drama stars Anne Hathaway and is about an outrageous woman who was recently released from rehab so that she could attend her sister’s wedding. As tensions rise, the truth comes out and the family begins to feel very bitter over her reappearance into their lives. The movie is very intense and intimate and probably one of Anne’s best hidden performances. The movie doesn’t have very many downfalls and is definitely well-performed. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like serious movies that aren’t over-dramatized and are true to reality. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 15, 2015

Godawful movie. Trite, predictable, tedious, and forced. Whoever thought this was the "best picture of the year" was probably confined to a maximum security prison where the only other choice was Rocky XII.

Aug 26, 2014

Perhaps it is unfair to label this film as "awful" given I only watched the first 5 minutes or so. However one would need to enjoy A LOT of crass and vulgar language to view any longer.

JCLBeckyC Jun 12, 2013

A women struggles with drug addiction after a tragic event that she is responsible for, involving her young brother. She gets out of rehab to attend the wedding of the sister who has never forgiven her. Intense and realistic portrayal of a dysfunctional family that's trying to hold it together. If you like this film, try Ordinary People.

Quimeras Apr 17, 2013

I was hoping that the film would focus more on the characters and their issues and less on the wedding. Why couldn’t Rachel just elope?

voisjoe1 Feb 05, 2013

Anne Hathaway received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of a drug and/or alcohol addict who has a weekend out of a rehabilitation center so she can return home for her sister’s wedding. The return shows interesting camera work as the director Jonathan Demme follows Hathaway though a labyrinth of hallways and rooms as she seems kind of estranged from her own home. The wedding festivities include an incredible mix of different cultures and races. If this is an indication of a future America, then the Republican Party has a lot of mending of ways if they ever want to capture the presidency again.

Nov 19, 2012

I simply couldn't get through this movie. I usually love stories about dysfunctional relationships but this was too much. Also, the music in the film was headache-inducing.

Flessel Oct 22, 2012

I thought that the plot was good and well written. The music was very very bad, the movie could have had 60 minutes cut out and it would have been much better.
There were at least 6 different bands at the never ending reception after the never ending rehearsal dinner the night before!
I swear some guy must have throrn all of his singing friends in here.

Sep 06, 2012

This has got to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Nothing but random people rambling on and on. I had to turn it off 30 minutes into it.

View All Comments


Add Notices
Jul 18, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 18, 2010

Sexual Content: One scene

nadian Jul 21, 2009

Coarse Language: Adult language used throughout the film.

nadian Jul 21, 2009

Sexual Content: Very brief moment of sexual content and sexual language.

nadian Jul 21, 2009

Violence: One brief scene of domestic violence and a description of a death off screen.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jul 18, 2010

hur74Vety thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

nadian Jul 21, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


Add a Summary
Feb 23, 2010

Rachel's sister, Kim, returns home for Rachel's wedding from a drug rehabilitation centre. The film is shot in a documentary style and the plot details are slowly revealed. Although, all the situations are fairly natural and believable as a doc-movie style, it is difficult to grasp all the details that are revealed on the first viewing. For example, it wasn't clear that the first empty bedroom Kim walked into after talking to Rachel belonged to her deceased brother. The movie's end is rather open as it ends with the return of the rehabilitation staff member, come to pick Kim up at the end of weekend.


Add a Quote
Jul 18, 2010

"Hey! I saw you on Cops!"

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top