Rachel Getting Married
Directed by Jonathan Demme
A recovering addict wreaks havoc on her older sister’s wedding.
Rachel Getting Married “takes a familiar subject—the raw nerves of American family life—and draws fresh blood,” said David Ansen in Newsweek. In this film about a uniquely dysfunctional family, Anne Hathaway plays a human wrecking ball of a young woman who leaves rehab to attend the wedding of her perfectly balanced older sister (Rosemarie DeWitt). That premise isn’t exactly original. But director Jonathan Demme and first-time screenwriter Jenny Lumet (daughter of director Sidney) give the story a “loose, improvisatory feel” and a “quirky, unpredictable humanity.” Everything about the film seems fresh, said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Demme’s jittery, “intimately charged” shooting style recalls his best documentaries, and evokes Robert Altman’s realism. Hathaway’s performance is a “revelation,” ridding herself of all doe-eyed demureness and managing to make “toxic narcissism mesmerizing.” The remarkable thing about this small movie is “how expansive it seems,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. Rachel Getting Married has “an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Keira Knightley on Laggies, relationships, and surviving your 20s
- How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola
- 10 self-sabotaging interview mistakes to avoid
Subscribe to the Week