Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Directed by Jonathan Demme
Starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, and Debra Winger

This has a lot of elements involved in your typical chick flick;

1) It's called, "Rachel Getting Married".
2) It stars Anne Hathaway.
3) It has chicks named Rachel in it, etc.

But, this isn't necessarily your typical chick flick. Anne Hathaway isn't Rachel and she isn't getting married. She is Rachel's little sister. And, she just got out of rehab.

Now, the drama involved is something that any reality television watching female would love. There are a whole lot of "look at me" scenes taking places in this movie between Rachel and Kimmy (Anne Hathaway). But, there is a little more weight to this then your average chick flick in that it was directed by Jonathan "Silence of the Lambs" Demme. Hmmm, now I've got you thinking ,don't I.

Something about Anne Hathaway makes me think that in real life she is just a little bit shy of bat-shit crazy. I can see it in her eyes. Most actresses are a little nuts, and Anne dials in Kimmy's craziness to perfection. By the end of the film she is no longer Anne Hathaway but a fully believable Kimmy. This was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination (she was beat by Kate Winslet in "The Reader"). She is almost as crazy as Helen Hunt in the following "After School Special";

The film is well directed, and well acted, although, some of the scenes did seem a little improvised. Scenes like, "Everyone get in this room and act". At times, it worked and felt real. Other times, you could almost see the actors staying in character.

For the first time in the history of CHICK FLICK and BEER I paired the film with wine. Selecting slowly and carefully I chose a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile called Como Sur. It was smooth and fruity. Very easy to drink and very delicious. I slurped it slowly in to my mouth and let the varieties of fruit, strawberries and plum, slowly absorb into my mouth, slowly exciting my taste buds into slow pure ecstasy. It was a very slow process.

"Rachel Getting Married", is a great film for anyone who wants to see a marriage film that is different from your normal cookie-cutter chick flick. While these characters situations are more intense and dramatic than most, the tension between the characters more closely mirrors the reality of wedding/ family drama than say some thing like Anne Hathaway's 2009 disaster Bride Wars .

All I can say is, "Rachel, you are such a bitch. Everything is always about you!"

FORCE THE BOYFRIEND: 7 out of 10 (1 mean he'll hate it, 10 means he'll love it)

Watched if you liked...Anne Hathaway, Reality Television, Decent Movies

Chick Flick: 4 cartons of ice cream (out of 5)- maybe a 4 1/2?
Wine: 4 slow delicious mouthfuls (out of 5)

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