Anne Hathaway took a risk when she agreed to take on the leading role of a low-budget, indie film this year by portraying Kym in ‚ “Rachel Getting Married.” Although the movie was only played in select theaters and did not create a large buzz until it made it to the shelves of every Blockbuster across the country.
By Chelsea Oliver
Anne Hathaway took a risk when she agreed to take on the leading role of a low-budget, indie film this year by portraying Kym in ‚ “Rachel Getting Married.” The movie was only played in select theaters and did not create a large buzz until it made it to the shelves of every Blockbuster across the country.
Hathaway, who was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role, was cast as Kym, who has been in and out of drug rehab for the past ten years and is returning just in time for her older sister Rachel’s wedding.
Rachel, portrayed by Rosemarie DeWitt, is planning a traditional Indian wedding and is more than excited to finally start a life of her own, without the secrets of her family holding her back.
With Kym’s arrival home, all of the old drama that the family tried to put behind them comes back out to haunt them. Although Rachel and Kym have an undeniable affection for each other, there is also palpable tension in their relationship. Although their father, Paul (Bill Irwin), and step-mother, Carol (Anna Deavere Smith), try to keep the family from falling apart, no one can deny the anger they all still feel towards an accident that Kym is being held responsible. Nor can they accept the abandonment the girls feel from their mother, Abby, (Debra Winger), who is clearly more worried about her own selfish desires then the well-being of her daughters.
Through “Rachel Getting Married” audiences will clearly see that no family is perfect and no life goes without some form of tragedy. While Kym tries to fight through the lies she told and the people that she hurt while she was a teenager, Paul tries to hide the skeletons in the family’s closet, Carol tries to keep everyone together, Abby tries to stay at a good distance and Rachel simply tries to get married. Each character brings their own set of baggage and memories of the events that led to the shattering of the family and give compelling performances in both hilarious and heartbreaking ways.