Despite it’s impressive cast, including Patrick Wilson, Anne Hathaway and David Morse, it’s no real surprise that this thriller from Colombian director Rodrigo Garcia has gone straight to DVD. Convoluted and clunky for most of its 90-odd minutes, it has a twist in the tale that, although interesting, comes too late to breathe any real life into proceedings.
Although she lost out to Kate Winslet for Best Actress at the Academy Awards earlier this year, Anne Hathaway certainly puts in an Oscar-winning performance in Rachel Getting Married. Indeed, her turn as the troubled Kym is the beating heart of Jonathan Demme’s film, and the reason it is quite so memorable a movie.
Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathway) have been best friends ever since they were little girls, sharing everything – including a dream of a June wedding at New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel. When they both get engaged at the same time, it seems their dreams are coming true until, that is, a clerical mistake means their weddings are booked on the same day. As neither Liv nor Emma is prepared to delay their nuptials, their friendship begins to disintegrate as they resort to more and more outlandish methods to try to scupper each other’s big day.