Genre Guesstimation – Rachel Getting Married (2008)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Emily of The Flapper Dame and we will be reviewing our favorite Wedding Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Wedding Movies.

“[Kym walks into the convenience store] Hey! Didn’t I see you on Cops?” – Counter Girl

Number of Times Seen – Twice (9 Feb 2009 and 3 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A woman released from rehab for the weekend tries to make amends with her family as hey prepare for her sister’s wedding.

My Take on it – This is a film that I first saw over a decade ago yet didn’t recall anything about it.

The premise of this film is quite interesting and allows us to get a clear sense of who these characters are because it develops them so well as the story moves along.

This is done via verbal conversations between them and also the body language and interactions that they all have over the course of this film.

Anne Hathaway is great in the lead role and makes us believe her character and her vulnerability especially around her family as we slowly get a better understanding of how her drug abuse caused so many problems for those around her.

We also get to see how those events and their repercussions affected her and the way they treat her.

Hathaway was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here.

This is a film that give the viewer a feeling that anyone could be a part of this kind of family because the atmosphere is set just right which gives off a familiarity about the characters and situations.

This helps make the story even more enjoyable as things move along.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works because they are able to give us some very well developed characters based solely by their interactions with other characters and via the great dialogue. Hathaway is great in the lead and really allows us to see and feel the vulnerability of this character as we slowly begin to get a clearer understanding of the repercussions of her actions.  She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The film gives the viewer a very “homey” atmosphere throughout which helps leave the impression that anyone could be a part of a family like this which helps make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The dishwasher scene was based on an actual event involving Sidney Lumet and Bob Fosse. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but not close enough.  Story is quite interesting overall, but something feels missing that would make it even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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