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Movie Review: Rachel Getting Married October 7, 2008

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Movie Review: Rachel Getting Married

Alternate Title: Coming Home

Story: Whoa! This is a tough film to sit through but hang onto your popcorn and get ready for one fascinating cinematic ride. The family depicted in this film have been trough the ringer. Daughter Rachel is about to be married. Other daughter Kym, is being let out of nine months in rehab to attend the wedding. There is an unspoken family tragedy and emotional scars are evident everywhere. The film is exquisitely directed by Jonathan Demme and sensitively written by Jenny Lumet.

This is a character driven piece that requires forgiveness and understanding on the viewer’s behalf. How this scarred family gets through the highs and lows of what should be a joyous occasion are at the heart of the story. Can amends be made and redemption found? Will Kym be able to step outside of herself and let her sister be the star? Will the bride be able to let go of some of her anger? Will the family be able to reconcile any of the unspoken events?

If you like cinema that is raw, honest and does not give you a Hollywood ending – this is your film.

Acting: Anne Hathaway as Kym, has had a break out role in her otherwise ingenue career. She handles it well. Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel, is simply put – sensational. Bill Irwin as the father is terrific. Tunde Adebimpe as bridegroom Sidney, is fine in a small role. Debra Winger as the mother gives a knock out performance. Kudos to her.

Trivia: Jonathan Demme directed 7 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Christine Lahti, Dean Stockwell, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Tom Hanks. Steenburgen, Hopkins, Foster and Hanks won Oscars for their performances in one of Demme’s movies. Bill Irwin is a graduate in theatre arts from Oberlin College, OH, a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College, FL, and received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1984. Writer Jenny Lumet is the daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of Lena Horne.

Predilection: I like Jonathan Demme films.

Critters: A beautiful standard black poodle

Food: Food glorious food. The father in this family cannot serve enough food. It is the panacea for everything that ails this troubled group.

Sex Spectrum: A quickie in the garage.

Blatant Product Placement: Pepsi

Soundtrack: Lots and lots of music by Zafer Tawil and Donald Harrison, Jr Demme’s own son is one of the guitarists.

Opening Titles: Black background with an interesting selection of fonts.

Visual Art: This is an upper class family from Connecticut and the house displays that good taste on its walls.

Theater Audience: Two other guys in the secret balcony with me.

Weather: It is fall in CT. Sun, rain and a little of everything else.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The depth of problems in this family is squirmy.

Drift Factor: I thought there were passages that could have been tightened.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: I welled up a few times.

Oscar Worthy: I would be delighted to see Debra Winger get a Best Supporting nod for her amazing performance. The Academy likes the type of roles that Ann Hathaway plays in this film – but I do not think it Oscar worthy.

Big Screen or Rental: Either will do. You can rent many films about weddings including, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Monsoon Wedding, Father of the Bride, Runaway Bride, My Best friend’s Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Wedding Singer, Bride and Prejudice, The Wedding Planner, Love Actually and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 8.5

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