Rachel Getting Married turned out to be quite a bit darker than I expected. I’m not saying it’s bad–it’s actually a pretty good psychological drama, but you shouldn’t go in expecting to see some witty verbal sparring leading up to a warm feel-good ending.
Kym (Anne Hathaway) an affluent girl with a prescription drug problem, checks herself out of rehab and returns to the family home to participate in the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). Everyone greets her with guarded warmth, half expecting her to find a way to ruin the ceremony. These suspicions are justified. Kym may be clean and sober now, but she obviously hasn’t mastered the personal demons that led her to abuse drugs in the first place.
Anne Hathaway deserves credit for being willing to play such an unlikeable character. (Of course this sort of role can be Oscar-bait, but only if the movie takes off.)
The rest of the family is pretty charming, and the movie actually does have a number of heart-warming moments. The ending is ambiguous, which under the circumstances feels just about right.