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Director Gary Winick has long since abandoned his cool cred from Tadpole and 13 Going on 30 and given himself over to the dark side of making glossy amusements that are about as deep as staring into a snow globe.
The idea of a revenge comedy isn't necessarily a bad one, Bride Wars simply fails at it despite having the formidable duo of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, who in their own distinctive ways usually command the screen.
The film wanly tries to build a case for their two very different, yet complementary, personalities but falls back on slapstick. The filmmakers make thankfully swift work of the tale in just under 90 minutes.
With artifice as layered as the tiers of a marzipan cake, this resembles nothing so much as a stale Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy: you know that eventually the combatants will recognize they love each other the most.
It's a chick flick; nothing wrong with that. But it's also a chick flick that makes its chick characters -- and by extension its chick audience -- look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
That poor Vera Wang gown has to carry the movie, and that's too much to ask of any dress. Right now, the Wang is probably calling up the green gown from Atonement, asking how to get fixed up with a better script. I wish it luck.
Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, who play the would-be brides, are good actors and quick-witted women, here playing characters at a level of intelligence approximating HAL 9000 after he has had his chips pulled.