Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rachel Getting Married

From the desk of The Movie Snob

Rachel Getting Married (B). This one has been getting rave reviews, but I wasn't entirely sold. Maybe it's because the title is so reminiscent of Margot at the Wedding, which starred the incomparable Nicole Kidman. But this one stars Anne Hathaway (Get Smart), who is quite the up and comer. Hathaway plays a gal named Kym, a former drug addict who's been in and out of rehab for years. As the movie opens, she's getting out of some rehab facility to attend her older sister Rachel's wedding. This, of course, sets the stage for all sorts of awkward behavior by the self-absorbed Kym. The performances are good, and I guess Hathaway was believable as a former junkie with a tenuous grip on sobriety, but even at less than 2 hours this movie felt a little long to me. Especially the wedding and the after-wedding party, which felt like they were filmed in real time. I'll be curious to see if Hathaway gets an Oscar nod for her tortured-soul performance. It worked for Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted) way back when.


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