Rachel Getting Married

  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Producers: Jonathan Demme, Neda Armian, Marc E Platt
  • Writers: Jenny Lumet
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger

Kym (Anne Hathaway), a woman perhaps in her mid-twenties, is released from rehab for more than a few days so she can go home to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). At home, the atmosphere is strained between Kym and her family members, as they struggle to reconcile themselves with her past and her presence. Kym’s father shows intense concern for her well-being and whereabouts, which Kym interprets as mistrust. She also resents her sister’s choice of a friend, rather than Kym, to be her maid of honor. Rachel, for her part, resents the attention her sister’s addiction is drawing away from her wedding, a resentment that comes to a head at the rehearsal dinner, where Kym, amid toasts from friends and family, takes the microphone to offer an apology for her past actions, as part of her twelve-step program.

Underlying the family’s dynamic is a tragedy that occurred many years previously, which Kym retells at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. As a teenager, Kym was responsible for the death of her baby brother, who was left in her care one day despite her being high at the time. Driving home from a nearby park, Kym had lost control of the car, driving over a bridge and into a river, where her brother drowned.

The next morning, Kym must return to rehab. As she is leaving, Rachel runs out of the house to hug her, their sisterly love remaining strong despite all that has passed between them.

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