Mr. Movie

Save me a seat at 'Rachel Getting Married'

Actresses with Anne Hathaway’s girl-next-door looks struggle to find meaty parts.

Usually they get stuck with charming, but shallow, fodder such as Bride Wars, Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries films or doing essentially the same character in something deeper akin to The Devil Wears Prada.

Rachel Getting Married gives Hathaway a chance to display her chops and got her a shot at winning an Oscar for best actress. In and out of rehab for substance abuse, Kym is a complete mess. Her family doesn’t function at a much higher level.

The movie—however—does.

Director Jonathan Demme—best known for The Silence of the Lambs—and first-time screenwriter Jenny Lumet (director Sidney’s kid) patiently take you through the ups and downs of the complex relationships that accompany an emotionally crippled family at a gathering.

Like chick flick formulas or action thrillers, there aren't that many places where you can take a dysfunctional family story.

It’s how you get from A to Z that matters. And this one does it very well.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated R for mature themes, language. It opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.