You can’t really trust trailers because of their tendency to flim-flam, but this one for Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics, 10.3) persuaded me right away that the finished film may turn out to be Jonathan Demme‘s most entertaining and commercial entry since The Silence of the Lambs. As far as dysfunctional family comedies go, it looks very smart, engaging and high-grade.

When I said “commercial” I meant primarily the urban blue areas. Because (and I hate to even raise the subject but how do you dodge it?) I would imagine that the more dug-in bumpkins are going to be a little cool to the inter-racial marriage aspect. (“They” will be be going to Beverly Hills Chihuahua on 10.3) If you’ve ever been to enemy territory…wow, that just came out. My point is that we’re really living in a different country than the one for which Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? was made 40 years ago. A dark guy marrying a fair-skinned lady was an “issue” back then, and in Demme’s film it’s nothing. It’s a “yeah…so?” I love that.
Jenny Lumet‘s script is a family-wedding dramedy that primarily focuses on Anne Hathaway‘s seriously screwed-up Kym, but it’s mainly a dysfunctional- family comedy about the issues of various folks gathering to celebrate a forthcoming wedding between Rachel (Rosemary DeWitt) and Sidney (New York musician Tunde Adebimpe), a sort-of Nigerian-looking guy who’s very trim and attractive with a beautiful smile. But we know how some of the reds are going to take this. Well…don’t we?
I’m also struck by the fact that Debra Winger, who was born in 1955, is suddenly looking and playing 50ish in her role as Abby, the mother of Kym and Rachel. I don’t know if it’s makeup or what but she’s got what looks like gray-streaked hair. You could almost use the word “matronly” to describe her. It’s been 25 years since Terms of Endearment and 26 years since An Officer and a Gentleman…Jesus. The clock just won’t stop.