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Rachel Getting Married
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Directed By
Jonathan Demme

Written By:
Jenny Lumet

Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mather Zickel, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Debra Winger, Jerome LePage, Beau Sia, Dorian Missick, Carol Jean Lewis, Paul Lazar, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert W. Castle, Elizabeth Hayes, Roslyn Ruff, Sebastian Stan, Andre B. Blake, Joe Toutebon, Annaleigh Ashford, Van Hughes, Tamyra Gray, Robert Merrill, Paul Sparks, Michelle Federer, Darrell Larson, Joey Perillo, Marin Ireland, Edie Hofstatter, Jim Roche, Richard Shankman, Maria Dizzia, Dequina Moore, Anisa George, Kyrah Julian, Herreast Harrison, Gonzales Joseph, Donald Harrison Jr., Johnny Farraj, Amir El Saffar, Jimmy Joe Roche, Christy Pusz, Molly Hickok, Josephine Demme, Jose Mauricio De Faria, Lisette Santiago De Faria, Marcus Santos, Mel Jones, Dequina Moore, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Matt Stadelmann, Alix Derrick, Victoria Haynes, Matt Rabinowitz, Anita Sarko, Tunde Adebimpe, Tareq Abboushi, Gaida Hinnawi, Dimitrios Mikelis, Cyro Baptista

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Movie Review by Zara
March 16th, 2009

Maybe it's just me... in fact, as I looked up reviews on NetFlix and other sites, it seems that there were a lot of people who really didn't like this movie. But being that I come from what I lovingly refer to as a functionally dysfunctional family (most of you out there who say you come from dysfunctional families don't know what the f*ck dysfunctional is, trust me), there was a natural movement to this film as a whole that I appreciated.

The film is approached with a directorial style of the viewer being a member of the household, privy to all the crap that goes along with being in a family during the time of a wedding, when a sister hops out of rehab and doesn't understand why people can't just focus on her a little bit more. You're meant to be frustrated, you're meant to be uncomfortable. You're meant to feel as if you're in the middle of it all. This is an accomplishment that would be rare to find, but Demme does it with a quiet flair that will either captivate you or bore the crap out of you, depending on how you were raised.

Now, I understand that not everyone grew up in an affluent, educated family in Connecticut, but the value system of the family is here. You don't even have to have a family member who is as extreme as Hathaway's Kym is. It's the dynamic of having a black sheep, having a father who makes excuses and a mother who just bails. It's about having to always be the more forgiving sister. It's about how you love, not just how you are loved.

This wasn't a forced film, the acting was so laid back that you'd be hard pressed to say that you really understood that everyone was acting. It is painful, depressing, embarrassing, and even infuriating to watch sometimes. Hell... it's like family.

And when you factor in that Johnathan Demme was the uncle of the late, great director Ted Demme, a man who died from complications from addiction, maybe you can appreciate it a little bit more. Or not. Maybe it's just me...

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