RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (***1/2) - Starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemary DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Debra Winger and Anisa George.
Directed by Jonathan Demme.
This movie feels like it's about real pople, affecting real lives. There are sections, some quite long, where it's like we're just watching footage of a family's home movies of the wedding. The plot sneaks in though, as Kym, playing with hurricane fury by Anne Hathaway, shows up to be the maid of honor.
Kym's been in rehab, and while the revelations of how why this family is so dysfunctional come out at the plot-point markers I'd expect, Demme is able to make it flow in a way that it still seems believable. This movie is his most Altman-esque work to date.
Hathaway earns the kudos she received for playing Kim, but I was equally impressed with Rosemary DeWitt as Rachel, the good daughter, the bride to be who has to put up with her self-centered recovering-addict sister.
If I had a complaint, it'd be that the editor indulges too long for some wedding scenes. They could have cut ten minutes easily and the movie would not have lost anything.