[[caption-width-right:300:[[TheWoobie Just look at]] [[{{Moe}} 'em doe eyes]]....]]

->''"Hey, didn't I see you on Series/{{Cops}}?"''
-->-- '''Girl at Counter'''

''Rachel Getting Married'' is a 2008 drama film about Kym, the BlackSheep of her family, who was released out of rehab just in time for her sister Rachel's wedding. And naturally, [[RuleOfDrama things start to spill]].

Directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, the film stars Creator/AnneHathaway as Kym (a role for which she received an AcademyAward nomination) and [[Series/MadMen Rosemarie DeWitt]] as the titular Rachel.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AndStarring: Debra Winger.
* BitterWeddingSpeech: Kym, who has just gotten out of rehab, makes a speech at her sister's rehearsal dinner apologizing for her past actions because she is jealous of the attention her sister is getting.
* BlackComedy
* BlackSheep: Kym.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted; the movie was actually shot in Stamford, Connecticut, where it's set.
* CreatorCameo: Variation. Legendary cinematic schlockmeister Creator/RogerCorman plays one of the wedding guests. Demme is one of several high-profile directors to have apprenticed under Corman. [[note]]Others include Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, Creator/MartinScorsese, and Creator/JamesCameron.[[/note]]
* DamageProofVehicle: Kym, angry after a fistfight with her mother, purposely drives her father's Mercedes off the road, over a road sign, into the woods and then crashes into a rock. Although the airbag deploys, when we see the car in the morning light, the front end isn't even dented.
* DinnerAndAShow: Subverted for the most part. Much of the escalation happens when the family is at home, but it's hard to have any privacy when the wedding party is in the same home at all times.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Rachel and Kym's family. Lampshaded by Kym during her speech at the rehearsal dinner.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The movie is about the titular Rachel preparing to get married, but it also focuses on the DysfunctionalFamily as well.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pay attention to what Walter says in the very beginning of the movie [[spoiler: "Did ya kill anybody recently? Run anybody over with your fucking car?]] At first, it seems like the ramblings of a clearly unstable person, [[spoiler: then you find out that Kym accidentally killed her younger brother by driving into a ravine while high.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kym is so self obsessed she throws a tantrum when she realizes her sister's wedding is not about her rehabilitation.
** Not to say that Rachel doesn't have her moments, accusing their dad of "defending" Kym.
** Kym and Rachel seem to actually be a variation of TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry in which Kym is out to prove that she's better and Rachel is, well, [[TitleDrop getting married]]. Rachel even pulls the news of her [[spoiler: pregnancy]] out during a heated argument. Everyone cheers up and congratulates her, while Kym is left angry, miserable, and still unable to settle things with her family.
* JerkAss: Kym can come off as such, but she's of a [[JerkAssWoobie different]] [[FreudianExcuse flavor]].
** And then there's [[ParentalNeglect Mom]]...
* JitterCam: Demme wanted the film to look like "the most beautiful home movie ever made", so he eschewed the usual practice of setting up shots before filming scenes, leaving the cinematographer and his crew free to react to the scene the way they thought best as it played out.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: At times, it looks like the movie was cut together from footage the guests took with their camcorders.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Non-humorous example; the background music is generally the sound of the wedding band practicing prior to the big day, and the father asks the musicians to stop playing during a very intense emotional moment
* MoodWhiplash: Realistically for a wedding weekend where one member of the family is fresh from her latest stint in rehab, scenes can go from tense dysfunctional-family drama to lighthearted and joyful, then back again, within minutes (The dishwasher scene is a prime example).
* MyGreatestFailure: Kym [[spoiler: accidentally driving off a bridge and causing her little brother to drown because she was high]]. Rachel [[spoiler: almost]] [[NeverLiveItDown never lets her live it down]].
* OffTheWagon: Averted. Despite the fact that she's in a situation that would be fraught with triggers even under the best of circumstances, and the many times we see her going off by herself, Kym stays clean and sober through the weekend.
* OscarBait: Anne Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film. [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Her second attempt]] was more successful.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Boy howdy, it sure does.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Kym and Rachel's mother]].
* TitleDrop: During one of the rehearsals.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: While she's in town for the wedding, Kym attends the meetings of a local NA chapter.
* WhamShot: After Kym and Rachel's dad [[ItMakesSenseInContext demands more dishes for a dishwasher loading contest with Sidney]], Kym grabs a random stack of plates. The dad grabs the one on top, but it gives him pause. After everyone except Kym leaves, it pans over to the plate which reads "Ethan" [[spoiler: The name of Kym's brother who she accidentally killed.]]