Full Movie Reviews
Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011
Let me start by saying that Anne Hathaway annoys me like no other. And by no other I mean everyone excluding Keira Knightley and Renee Zelweger. Her bumbly doe-eyed stuttery girl-next-doorishness makes me want to cut a babies' legs off.
BUT....she was really fantastic in this. I don't know how she did it, but she should do it all the time.
This movie is more than your average dysfunctional family indie flick. It's not Margot at the Wedding or The Squid and the Whale or Little Miss Sunshine. It doesn't try to be cute or quirky or indie. Instead, it is artistic and tragic and real. Lengthy scenes of the married couple getting toasts and the dancing at the wedding reception place you into another world. It is less of a movie and more of an experience, like you are getting to live …
Freddie - wrote on 07/13/2009
First thing's first. Hathaway was a brilliant recovering drug addict. She is really evolving as an actress. I think this was a great role for her. She shows her versatility and is just amazing. The thing that makes this movie great is the pure realism of it all. In the scene where they are all that the rehearsal dinner I actually had to get up and walk away while Hathaway started giving her speech. Not because it was bad, but because I was so embarrassed for her character. The characters were incredibly realistic. You can almost feel like you know them, or maybe you even know people like them. I was surprised how I was able to stay interested in this movie when it really seemed like it was a home video of a wedding. But the actors embraced their roles so well that I couldn't really take …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 05/14/2009
It’s definitely refreshing to see Anne Hathaway play a sarcastic and narcissistic character because I’m so used to seeing her as sugary and sweet like in “The Princess Diaries,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Ella Enchanted.” Although she’s had her share of darker characters such as in “Havoc,” it’s in this film that she truly shines and showcases her potential as a serious actress capable of carrying roles that have a certain resonance. Although the backdrop of the film is Rosemarie Dewitt’s wedding (as Rachel), the film is really about Hathaway’s inner demons as she tries to recover from addiction to drugs (and negative self-talk regarding herself, the world and the future). I must give kudos to the director (Jonathan Demme) and the writer (Jenny Lumet) for …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 04/04/2009
An okay movie, at times I felt like I was watching a reality show rather than a movie. Kym is just released from rehab, goes home where her sister Rachel is about to get married, and all hell breaks loose. The characters seem to move from argument to argument as they change rooms, the movie slows to a crawl with LOOOOONG scenes including a wedding toast where every character says something, an odd load-the-dishwasher race, and a reception where everything just seems to stop and there's lots and lots of dancing. There's also this strange violin player that seems to just walk around playing his violin the whole time.
Anne Hathaway is pretty good, but I can't help but wonder if she stands out simply because this is the most acting she's ever been required to do on screen. Overall it …
Cesar Lopez - wrote on 03/05/2009
This film is amazing, Anne Hathaway gives a performance that is gritty and deserving of any award. Her every move is amazing the way she speaks the way she handles every conversation is with high dialect. The wonderful Rosemarie DeWitt Is one of the many SHINY STARS in the film. She is the only actress i can see that can match Anne talent in this film. This movie is filled with some moments that just linger..but then there is the moments that touch your heart and it make you think about forgiveness and how addicts try to fit back into the "normal life" (if there really is one), Many times i thought i was a guest into the family gathering for Rachels nuptials, Jonathan Demme did an amazing job directing this wonderful piece of cinema. I give this film a spot in my list of favorite movies …
kcvidkid - wrote on 11/10/2008
I can't remember when I've hated a movie more! I don't even know how to express if it was "good" or not because I simply hated it.
The people were absolutely unfamiliar to me; therefore, I could not relate. I'm not sure "pretentious" is the right word, but they certainly were no family I have ANY belief actually exist. It's like the know-it-all college professor merged with a 24/7 musician's selfish, imaginary world.
Then imagine spending the weekend with them. We don't just experience the up and down dramas that unfold during the wedding, we suffer through every boring speech at the rehearsal dinner, a thrilling "load the dishwasher" contest and a constant soundtrack by visiting musician houseguests from around the world.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?!? (And who cares!)