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
    85%
  • Audience Score
    62%

common sense

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

4 stars

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

- dreamfaeries, Sunday, December 27, 2009

4 stars

After watching Rachel Getting Married, I was left with two very strong impressions. Jenny Lumet is an outstanding writer, and Anne Hathaway has more acting ability than I ever would have expected. The writing really is artful. Lumet clearly has a clear understanding of family relationships and and dynamics, and that's a big part of what makes this movie so good. None of the characters seem inauthentic, and none of the dialogue feels contrived. Everything an everyone makes sense within the story, and it lends the movie a level of realism that could almost be from a documentary. I loved it. As for the actors, as I said before, every role is wonderful. Each actor turns their character into a real, breathing person, and you feel lie you're peering into the lives of some actual people in Stamford, CT. Anne and Rosemarie DeWitt are charged with most of the heavy acting, and they hit it out of the park. Outstanding, all around. The story is sad, uncomfortable, funny, and joyous. I like movies that can invoke a variety of different emotions from the audience, and Rachel Getting Married is a prime example of that. If you like complex characters and compelling family dramas, then this is the movie for you.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, December 10, 2009

0 star

Anne Hathaway was her usual annoying self.Id love to see a family that actually lives like this.What a bunch of crap.So boring

- dukeakasmudge, Saturday, October 17, 2009