Monday, May 4, 2009


Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Debra Winger

Well the title basically reveals most of the plot but if you expect this film to be about a fun wedding, you might get disappointed. No wait! The wedding itself was loads of fun in an ethnic way with an Indian theme (even though neither of them were from the Subcontinent) with enchanting music to regale the multicultural guests. The wedding entourage were dressed in traditional Indian garb like the sari (for the bride and bridesmaid) and the kurta for the groom.

It was the presence of the bride's sister Kym (Anne Hathaway) who sort of 'ruined' the wedding. Kym is a recovering addict who leaves rehab for the weekend of her sister Rachel's wedding. And as recovering addicts in family gathering situations go, she is being the typical headache to deal with. A conflicted person laden with self pity, lack of attention syndrome and grasping with her personal demons to boot.

The film has a lot of depth and soul with the poignant bonding sessions of the two sisters. It is an interesting case study too of two individuals who despite their glaring personality differences are related to each other. The wedding preparations scenes were comfy to watch. A personal tragedy though kept rearing its ugly head. The heavy drama enveloping the family was a bit too dramatic (for lack of a better word) for my taste. There were also some really long scenes which dragged on endlessly which should have been edited out for fluidity sake.

The ensemble cast exuded a subdued vibe even though there were a number of dramatic scenes to rile up their personalities. The presence of Debra Winger as the estranged mother of the bride was a nice surprise. She still registers well on screen and it was good to see her act again albeit now in those aloof motherly roles.
Kudos goes to Anne Hathaway for her realistic portrayal of Kym, a 'lost' soul. It was refreshing to watch her in a solid and mature role. A far cry from her sweet girl next door, fairy tale types. And I guess it is about time she developed into a serious actress.

There is nothing like a wedding to bring out the best and the worst in people, sometimes. A happy yet also very emotional moment to cherish the good times as well as try to exorcise the bad memories from life as one embarks on a new journey on the path of commitment, responsibility and marital bliss. This film was realistic enough to showcase valid nuances of people's imperfections.

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