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.”