Friday, May 15, 2009

Rachel Getting Married

I once read that Anne Hathaway has doe-like eyes. I think that is right on. Best known for her portrayal of Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries series, Hathaway has grown up and is now fancied by many a man.

In her latest movie, Rachel Getting Married, she gets all slummed up and plays Kym, the drug-addict sister of the bride. Tensions are high from the beginning of the movie and they never ease. Kym has been in drug rehab, but continues to be brought down by a tragic event in her past.

To make things worse for her, the family only offers her shallow support as they still blame her for the tragic event. Not helping the matter is Kym's inconsistency in life and in rehab.

Meanwhile, Rachel is getting married in the most eclectic marriage ceremony ever performed. She is marrying an artsy African-American, which is really not even a conflict in the movie, which is nice to see. However, Kym, Rachel and the rest of the family are in a constant struggle that lasts throughout the movie.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not really into artistic films. I should have been clued in when Netflix mentioned that the movie was nominated for Best Feature Independent Spirit Award. I think the entire movie was filmed with a cellphone video camera. At best it was filmed with a held-held camcorder. This got to be really annoying. Especially when people were standing in front of the camera or when substances got on the lens of the camera and it was not removed.

I found the plot to be absolutely ridiculous and without end. The acting wasn't too bad, but when you're acting to a horrible story, it doesn't help too much.

The movie, which was directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia , Silence of the Lambs, & Manchurian Candidate), also stars Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel, Sebastian Stan as Walter, Kym's boyfriend, and Debra Winger as Abby, their nutty mother.

The movie is Rated-R for language, some brief sexuality, smoking (Anne Hathaway, nonetheless), and horrible editing.

As you can probably tell by now, I didn't like the movie. I give it 1 star and recommend that you avoid this movie, unless you are an artsy film student.

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