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Wow. Anne Hathaway is no Princess Diaries princess in this one. The opening scene is her getting picked up from rehab to go home for the weekend for her sister Rachel's wedding. Chopped hair, black attire, smoking and swearing are but the first glimpses of the attention seeker she is. The movie explores the complex family issues that are wont to arise with a) the return of one recovering daughter and b) the marriage of the other daughter who was left behind to pick up the pieces. Both vie to be the center of attention and the family members push each other's buttons and pull each other's heartstrings.

I really felt like I was immersed in a real family watching this. It rang very true for me from the dialogue to the performances by all the characters -the torn and protective father to the cold and distant mother and the two sisters' balancing act of love, anger and jealousy.

Tough, but wonderful to watch all the same.

4 1/2 Stars.
 

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It's currently @ home from Netflix, in the to-be-watched pile.
 

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Just watched this yesterday.. i liked it.. i liked watching ann play a dark character.. but omg.. the wedding scenes that wouldn't end.. some of it went on far too long for my liking.. i'm not a fan of those drawn out events when i'm attending on in person, having to sit through it in my own house is even worse.

I liked the movie.. i would have liked it more if some of those scenes had some scissors taken to it.
 
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