Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

Dreary and self-important - Lorraine

8 Points

Viewer Rating:Lorraine has rated Rachel Getting Married rating: 1 Star

In independent film Rachel Getting Married Hollywood sweetheart Anne Hathaway takes on the challenging (and Oscar nominated) role of Kym, a recovering drug addict who struggles to deal with the family issues that rear their ugly head when she is released from rehab to attend her sister's wedding. Hathaway is effective in the role but there is a lot to be said for the suspicion that female actresses typically get nominated for Oscars for undeserving roles in which they dress down and appear differently to their usual red-carpet-ready selves. It is difficult to truly sympathise with Kym or any of her psychobabble-spouting family who are wracked with insecurities stemming from a tragic accident during Kym's adolescence. The accident is a handy way of explaining all of the psychological problems of the characters and, in my opinion, is a lazy plot device. After all, in real life things cannot be explained away so easily. Besides that, the film features several sequences of meandering musical performances and heartfelt speeches from minor characters that are pointless and not just a little boring. Overall, Rachel Getting Married is a self-important indie that, like most of the characters, thinks it's a lot deeper than it really is.

Review published on the 31 August 2009 22:55

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