Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Directed By: Jonathan Demme
What has the director done before?
Jonathan Demme is one of those critically acclaimed but under the radar directors, picking his films carefully and filling his time making documentaries and foraying into theatre. So he’s not exactly chasing the limelight, maybe that’s because his big budget movies such as Beloved usually bomb at the box office. Beloved was made for $80 million and backed by Oprah, it even got 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and none of that seemed to save it. Beloved only made $22 million at the box office. If I was a director I would rather have critically praised films, rather than terrible box office hits.
Jonathan Demme has had some major success back in the day, as he was the director of Philadelphia (1993) and Silence of the Lambs (1991) which is one of the few movies to win the Academy award in all major categories (Best picture, Best director, Best Screenplay, Best actor and Best actress).
Who would watch this?
Anyone who has ever felt like the black sheep of their family would relate to this film. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has experienced the effects of drug addiction in their lives. Rachel Getting Married is a prime example of how drug addiction doesn’t just leave scars on the drug user but also on their family members.
Who would win the Oscar?
Anne Hathaway did get nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Kym Buchman in Rachel Getting Married; however, she lost out to Kate Winslet who won for The Reader. Fair enough to her, the competition was stiff that year. Anne Hathaway has really proved herself as an actress since her days in The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, going on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables. She really was miserable; see an example of her Oscar winning performance here:
What were the best lines?
The line that sticks in my head is when Anne Hathaway’s character Kym weeps to her family:
“Yes, I was. Yes I was stoned out of my mind… Who do I have to be now? I mean, I could be Mother Theresa, it wouldn’t make a difference what I did.”
(Rachel Getting Married- script by Jenny lumet)
I like this line as it relates to the idea that although we may have been “forgiven”, our misgivings are truly never in the past because they are constantly in the present of other people’s memories.
Would you watch it again?
Yes I would recommend watching this movie once a year, it acts as reminder to me that even though I have made mistakes, they are nothing compared to the mistakes that some others have made. So Rachel Getting Married is a gentle movie to help you self soothe.