Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bride Wars (2009) [PG] **+

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) are life-long best friends who have dreamed of getting married in June at Manhattan's luxurious Plaza Hotel ever since they were little girls from New Jersey who once happened to see a wedding taking place there.

Incredibly, the two become engaged within weeks of each other, and both hire the exclusive services of renowned wedding planner Marion St. Clare (Candice Bergen), who accidentally books their Plaza weddings on the same June date at the same hour, thus insuring that their mutual friends will be forced to choose which wedding to attend, and that the two will be competing for wedding services such as caterer, musicians, videographer, florist, etc.

Since there are no other June dates available at the Plaza, the tension rises as each one waits for the other to offer to change her wedding date. In this she who blinks first loses scenario, when neither one will blink, the two brides-to-be end up in a ruthless, no-holds-barred effort to sabotage the other's wedding, including playing sophomoric pranks on each other, like orange tanned skin, blue hair, etc.

Co-written by the creative writing team of Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith (10 Things I Hate About YouLegally Blonde, Ella Enchanted, She's the Man), and directed by Gary Winick (13 Going on 30), Bride Wars is a frenetically-paced, over-the-top romantic comedy with very little romance; it feels like 27 Dresses meets Mean Girls. The screenplay, which condescends to its audience, is both predictable and improbable. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson are, thankfully, able to shed their inhibitions and embrace the growing craziness that overwhelms their characters as the wedding day approaches, although the males in the cast appear completely bewildered by the marital mania, as will most male viewers. If you enjoy wedding-themed films, and you are satisfied with films like My Best Friend's Wedding, Wedding Crashers and Made of Honor, then Bride Wars will probably appeal to you; otherwise I would pass. 

Labels: comedy, romance, wedding    
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 24/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=33, viewers=66)    

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