Rachel Getting Married
Director: Jonathan Demme
Weddings may be festive occasions but they’re not always happy ones. Especially in the case of a Connecticut family whom director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet invite us to view like buzzards circling roadkill.
Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) is the bride, but there’s an awkward thorn in her bouquet. It’s sister Kym (Anne Hathaway), who emerges from rehab just before the big day, demanding to be maid of honour and bent on making a scene.
The more serious threat to harmony is the past tragedy that hovers over the clan. There’s not a whole lot of story here, but the slowly revealed family history is like a festering wound. Hathaway’s brilliant performance justfiably earned her an Oscar nomination.
Rachel Getting Married is like life: always moving, forever unpredictable and forever getting in the way of best-laid plans. Extras include two commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a case and crew interview and a backstage featurette.