Sunday, June 07, 2009

Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008)

I really like the scene in this film where Anne Hathaway's character gives the wedding toast. In most movies, people have one of two reactions to this kind of behavior. Either they think it's awesome, or they're outraged at how innapropriately the character is behaving (casting themselves as uptight prudes). In this scene (contrary to the way it's presented in the trailer), we see people reacting the way real people react to this shit: embarrassed and annoyed. They know they have to sit through this bore making a speech about how fabulously interesting she is under the thin guise of a wedding toast. The guests from the bride's side have sat through some variation of this before, and the groom's guests know the type well enough to see where it's going. You just have to endure these people and then move on.


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