81st Annual Academy Awards
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Best Supporting Actress
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#9/36 - Rachel Getting Married


I saw this one last November as a screener at home on a rainy Sunday. It really matched the tone of this film.


Kym (Anne Hathaway) is a recovering drug addict who leaves rehab to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). Her homecoming brings out a lot of bubbling tension amongst the family and causes everyone to air their grievances on the weekend of the wedding.

This film is a lot darker and more depressing than one would think as it strikes the chord of nearly every family problem you can think of. A lot of scenes tend to drag on with trite dialogue and seem as though they could have been cut down a lot. In fact, the film could have been a lot shorter, probably under an hour and a half, with all the unnecessary fringe cut out. Either way, it’s interesting but really the best part of the film, and the only thing worth nominating, is Anne Hathaway.

Nominations:

Best Actress – Anne Hathaway
I love to see her coming into her own as an actress and this role is definitely a career best. She was an early front-runner for this award, but now she should just be glad to be here since I think this award belongs to Kate.


Phasekitty Phasekitty 5 years 30 weeks
Kscincotta- thank you!!! I was trying over and over to figure out how to phrase it and then just left it out, but you put it beautifully- "a 'diverse' wedding for the sake of having a diverse wedding." I felt like the film was so idealistic in that it was such a melting pot and no one ever said a single word about it. It was really strange.
kscincotta kscincotta 5 years 30 weeks
I read your review a while ago and I just realized I never added my thoughts. This was one of the first films I saw this "season", and I had really mixed feelings about it. A huge part of my reactions to it came from the fact that I didn't really care for the parents or the need for this couple to have such a "diverse" wedding for the sake of having a diverse wedding. That said, I did relate to a lot of the more personal moments between Rachel and Kym. A lot of it rang true to my relationship with my brother (although not nearly on this level), and it stuck with me for quite some time after I left the theater. I think Anne was fantastic in this role, and I love seeing her come into her own. As long as she steers clear of more dreck like Bride Wars, I think she's going to be around for a long time. And seriously, I wish this had been edited! When Kym yelled at the musicians to go away, all I could think was "Finally! You tell 'em, sister!".
Jinx Jinx 5 years 31 weeks
I love Anne Hathaway, I just can't help it. I have not seen it yet, but thanks for the tip its dark, I didn't realise that. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jinx Jinx 5 years 31 weeks
I love Anne Hathaway, I just can't help it. I have not seen it yet, but thanks for the tip its dark, I didn't realise that. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
wren1 wren1 5 years 31 weeks
I want to see this one, too.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years 31 weeks
i want to see this one :) thanks for the review.