Box art for Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

comedy, drama

Rachel Getting Married is a contemporary drama with an aggressive sense of humor about the return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister's wedding.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Intense, insightful family drama celebrates love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intense family drama addresses certain subjects -- drug addiction, death, family dysfunction -- that may be overwhelming for younger teens who are drawn to it by Anne Hathaway's star power. But they're dealt with so sensitively and compassionately that older teens may find the film quite impactful. Expect plenty of swearing and social drinking (as well as discussions about alcoholism and drug use). Characters also explore dark emotional terrain, and adult family members are hurtful -- verbally and physically -- to each other.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What does it say about the power of forgiveness, especially of forgiving yourself? How is the movie similar to, and different from, others that deal with addiction? Is it a realistic portrayal? Does that make it easier or harder to watch? Are there typical clichs and pitfalls that this movie manages to avoid? Which ones, and how? Families can also discuss why Kym acts the way she does when she comes home. Why does she seem so uncomfortable? How does her family react to her? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I really enjoyed this, not really expecting it to be the way it was. The shaky cam works so well and gives you a great sense of intimacy with the characters, especially Kym and her awkwardness with the family. It creates a feeling of a home movie with all the drama and gossip put in. It's an ever changing story that is never quite clear until the very end, when you find out it changes your entire mind about things. It's heartbreaking and also hopeful at the same time. The dialogue and relationships are all too familiar and that really gives you a connection and love for the movie. Anne Hathaway gives a flawless performance and one of the best female performances in the last ten years, it's that good.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, August 7, 2010

4 stars

A remarkable expos on family, dysfunction, tragedy and recovery (with the emphasis on recovery).

- flixsterman, Monday, May 31, 2010

4 stars

Fabulous! Great performance by Hathaway. Well directed and written... all around good movie.

- dreamfaeries, Sunday, December 27, 2009