Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Number Rolled: 87
Movie Name/Year: Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Indie
Length: 112 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: Armian Pictures, Clinica Estetico, Marc Platt Productions
Executive Producer: Carol Cuddy, Ilona Herzberg
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Jenny Lumet
Actors: Roslyn Ruff, Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Anisa George, Mather Zickel, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger

Kym is getting to go home from rehab in order to attend her sister’s wedding. As a recovering junkie, she needs to balance her rehabilitation needs with her family obligations in order to make amends.

I had very high hopes for this movie. Not because the critics decided it was worth an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Critics are all about Hollywood politics and who campaigns the most, not who’s the best. After all, no Lego Movie nomination for Animation? No Hunger Games nomination for, at the very least, Original Song?

No. Forget the critics. I hate generic politics and I hate Hollywood politics. Lies and money.

I had high hopes because of director Jonathan Demme (The Manchurian Candidate, Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs). He’s got a few amazing movies under his belt and I haven’t seen anything of his that I haven’t enjoyed.

Until now.

Jenny Lumet (Dodgeball, Tougher Than Leather, Running on Empty) has been an actress in the past, but this was her first and only writing credit. First timers need support from the cast and crew to help them work through that inexperience. I expected Demme to be able to give her that support, but he dropped the ball.

Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Get Smart) did an amazing job with her part, but the character itself was unlikable and difficult to empathize with. The script was choppy and boring at best. Add to that the unnecessary shaky-cam and the terrible editing and it leaves me wondering what made people enjoy this movie so much.

This is just one of those times when I completely disagree with the majority.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 62%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1.5/5

P.S. Pointless scene during the start of the credits.

P.S.2. I would have been much happier going through my whole life without having seen Anne Hathaway pee.

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