"I do want to be sober. I'm alive and I'm present and there's nothing controlling me. If I hurt someone, I can apologize, and they can forgive me... or not."I have been blown away by this movie...and not in a good way. I, like probably many others, was interested to see how Anne Hathaway transformed herself into a Academy award nominated actress in this little Indie movie. But, to me, she's failed miserably. Actually I don't really think it was much her performance that was bad, but more the absolute randomness and of the movie that upstaged her. I was drawn in by the advertised plot of the movie which presented a twenty-something girl fresh out of rehab who must face the judgment/pity/hate from the people who know her best, when she was clean and sober--and all during the momentous occasion of her older sister's wedding.
Generally that was in fact the plot. However, the middle of the movie was muddied by horrible wedding music, a poorly used talent of actress Debra Winger, countless random characters in the movie, including former American Idol singer Tamyra Gray making a cameo, tons of characters who stay in the house the wedding took place in and don't really add anything to the movie. An entire 15 (or so) minutes spent on a very pointless hardly comedic scene in the kitchen between the father of the bride and the groom was just one of the many scenes that flew over your head with no real direction. It was just horribly thrown together. I mean the premise seemed okay, but the way they put it together was crazy and kind of lazy. It just made no sense to me. I was really excited to see this movie because Goodness knows I love the melodrama of it all, but it disappointed me.
Too many characters who brought nothing to the story and the misuse of actors who actually could have done something more, coupled with HORRIBLE wedding music and sloppily deranged characters made this two hours not well spent at all. And Anne Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar??? Who can even tell how well she did? There was so much other foolishness going on in the movie, my head was spinning. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I truly was hoping it would get better...but it never did.
My rating: D+