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October 22, 2017
A renter for sure, but what the heck.
September 16, 2017
This comedy's the epitome of tiresome, two-star chick flick comedy & displays a hackneyed portrayal of the bridezilla. Unfortunately it's in a movie, so I'd suffer more than just watching it on TV. This is in my parents' DVD collection but I was also playing a Nintendo on another TV, so I was "multi-tasking."
½ July 9, 2017
The title of this movie should be "Confessions of the Control Freak Brides and Their Sophisticated Weapons" or "Last Bipolar Bride Standing".
June 1, 2017
It's movies like Bride Wars that make me so happy I was born with a penis. A time ago, HBO had put this movie on hellish rotation; a toothless, vapid comedy that cheapens the institution of marriage by shamelessly pandering to its lowest common denominator. With a voice over from Candice Bergen, we learn that Liv Lerner (Kate Hudson) and Emma Allen (Ann Hathaway) are two life long girlfriends who have fantasized since the age of seven to have June weddings at the Plaza Hotel (hold that thought). Surprise surprise: Now in their twenties, Emma and Liv get engaged at the same time and though they both manage to snare separate dates in June at The Plaza for their respective weddings, through some irreversible glitch, their dates both get switched to the same day.

At first, Liv and Emma are crestfallen over the situation. They try to rectify it, but as the reality sets in that one of them must move their date, the claws begin to unsheathe and Liv and Emma become two of the biggest Bridezilla douche-pies this side of the Bravo Channel. What follows is a rapid devolution of their friendship into a tit for tat rivalry. There's a tanning salon fiasco for Emma and a blue-hair incident for Liv. This is meant to be funny, but it's just tedium. Worse still, the fiances are bit players who don't figure much into the movie's equation at all, and by the end, they become so inessential that they could have been replaced by blow-up dolls.

There are a few glimmers here and there in the characters of wedding planner, Marion St. Clair (the always great Candice Bergen) and Deb (Kristen Johnson), Emma's self involved co-worker. Other than this, not even Ann Hathaway or Kate Hudson can breathe any life into Emma and Liv. The mediocre script doesn't help matters much either. Even still, Hathaway barely manages to acquit herself while Hudson can barely muster any presence. Anyone can have a slip or two, but Hudson has done such a string of flops (How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool's Gold) that it's less easier to forgive. Her fantastic turn in Almost Famous seems more and more like a fluke.

Bride Wars doesn't know what it wants to be. This is owing to director Gary Winick's shift in tone. The first half is dedicated to the spiteful revenge stunts the girls pull on each other, but the second half becomes a halfhearted focus into each character's relationship with their fiances. Also, there's a thawing set-up towards the ending so we don't hate either of the girls too much by the time the credits roll. It's too little too late since by this time, I could care less for any of the players. I would even forgive the tonal disparity, weak script and blotchy narrative, if it weren't for one egregious, frightfully disturbing theme that I find completely obsolete and not a little offensive. This movie normalizes the fact that girls should have their weddings planned out by the age of seven; regardless of career, hobbies or friends and family that surround her, a woman isn't accomplished until she's walking down the aisle. And when a woman gets engaged, she has license to act rudely, selfishly, and vindictively by simple virtue of that fact. Bride Wars inadvertently makes a great case against any form of marriage, gay or straight.

And the visual ipecac doesn't stop there. The last straw comes during the epilogue, when one final stroke of bathetic manipulation involving a double pregnancy made me realize that Bride Wars is really only good for one thing: stomach pumping.
½ May 24, 2017
When we see the very thing we always wanted when we are young and dream of the ideal wedding, practising, planning, rehearsing and keeping up to date till the day comes, we see we are ready. When we don't see what we are not ready for when our eyes are on the big day rather than the rest of our lives. When we see that not everything goes as planned to only see the very thing we couldn't see coming that ruins the big day. When we always have seen eye to eye with those whom we share everything with to see they wouldn't be there when we don't see eye to eye on the big day. When we see what we couldn't see, when we try to be something else and aim for what we only can see as fair, we are blinded and lack emotion to what we truly feel and see. When we see our true feelings we explore are not with some people but other people we share a deeper connection with when we see we belong with some people when they are like our family. When we don't see somethings coming to see that we have another chance at sharing and planning another big date together that connects us back again what we truly like seeing each other.
½ March 9, 2017
This movie is about as terrible as it gets. A ridiculous plot with terrible characters who are vile. And at the end, blame it on the boyfriend. Boo. I would have expected more from Ann Hathaway.
February 4, 2017
Too much girl drama in this chick flick for me. It was almost insufferable. (First and only viewing - In my mid-twenties)
November 26, 2016
i will wait until dollar show
October 20, 2016
This movie is the original Frozen but better. Not sure why it's not 90% on rotten tomatoes
August 12, 2016
Is funny and I always like movies filmed in New York but you can wait to see it on video
½ July 30, 2016
Meh!!! While more entertaining than I thought, it was still highly predictable and so cliche-ish. I'm definitely not the type of audience for these films...I HATE predictability....
½ June 11, 2016
This is a film meant for the wealthy. Plain and simple. If you're struggling to make ends meet, upon your wedding you'll have no friends and no prospects. The only happy ending is if you marry into money, since the character who wins both their hearts we get all of a couple minutes with, less with the eventual prince who gets Cinderella's heart. Keep this film. It was mildly amusing until they consigned the poor one to the trash heap of life.
½ May 29, 2016
This movie is utter garbage.
March 27, 2016
perfect fare for a movie with my 11 year old niece.
February 28, 2016
What happens when two childhood BFFs (Best Friends Forever) share a lifelong dream of each having the perfect storybook New York City Plaza Hotel June wedding are mistakenly scheduled for the same day, can they share in harmony?

The answer is apparently not. This mind numbingly dull chick flick not only lacks stamina but is completely devoid of sass and attitude. Even though the concept of friend destroying friend over bride destroying groom is fresh, the idea is squandered in this strained predictable comedy by its lazy writing, miscalculated acting, bad timing and cavalier directing.

Bride wars with its marginally sexist undertones tries to highlight the so called fact that all brides-to-be are materialistic, extravagant and wasteful bridezillas who will stop short of nothing to obtain that one perfect day. Obviously produced before the global economic downturn this film comes across as slightly insensitive and ill-timed.

BFFs Liv (Kate Hudson, co-producer) a take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway man-eating attorney with an distressingly distracting pudding bowl fringe and Emma (Anne Hathaway) a submissively demure school teacher will little to no backbone live delightfully in there chummy ignorance.

When both girls receive their little blue tiffany boxes, (well one receives and one demands) they are destined to live out their dreams of hiring exclusive wedding planner Marion St Claire (Candice Bergen) to make their fantasy June weddings come true. Luckily they went to the right person and were able to secure two separate dates, both in June at the ritzy Plaza Hotel location.

With the dates booked and impending bliss only months away, Liv and Emma receive an unexpected summons from Marion where they are informed that due to a minor clerical error both bookings are now on the same day same time with no option of change. As the girls are determined to be each other's maid-of-honour a compromise on location must be met, but who will submit.

Since childhood these two diametrically opposed idealistic schoolgirls have provided one another with personality balance in order to accomplish their goals. However, when faced with the prospect of one having to forfeit their perfect wedding the gloves come off and neither wants to back down.

The following hour consists of an overwhelming barrage of backstabbing and sabotage. On a rampage, the girls unleash their vengeance in a shower of Junk food gift baskets, exuberant spray tanning and creative hair dying (this incident sadly is a direct rip off of Hudson's mother Goldie Hawn's first co-producing role in 1980's Private Benjamin)

Leaving the girls torn, shattered and looking oddly reminiscent of an umpa-lumpa and smurf the movie turns on a more sombre note when the girls finally begin to realise that surely their friendship is worth more than one perfect day.

A far cry from Hudson's notable breakout role in Almost Famous and Hathaway's forte for dramatics in Brokeback Mountain this movie leaves you wondering why either actress's would accept such meaninglessly mundane and shallow roles.

The only glimpse of hope and humour injected with any calculated precision is by two strong supporting actresses, screen and stage veteran Kristen Johnston, (3rd Rock From the Sun) who plays an over bearing eccentric colleague of doormat Emma and the grossly underutilised sitcom icon Bergen.

A noticeable missing element is the distinct lack of a strong male role. Delivering weak and rightly terrified boyfriends (Steve Howey and Chris Pratt) regrettably have the stage presence and personality of door knobs.

The Verdict: Notwithstanding scathing reviews, Bride Wars will thrive in the usual Sex in the City style box office success. Relying heavily on repetitive Vera Wang jokes and tedious communication mishaps this movie is destined to living out is short life expectancy in the $6.98 bin in our local DVD stores.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 23/01/2009
February 11, 2016
such a frustrating film
February 9, 2016
this looks soo funny!
½ February 1, 2016
It was okay. Mostly predictable syrup, nowhere near as good as something like "My Best Friend's Wedding" (which I love). Some very funny scenes and nice little awkward moments, but mostly meh. Too bad.
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2016
I think the reason I dislike this film so much is because it is so awful but the fact that I'm currently planning my own wedding might have helped. Vacuous people being nasty to each other for 90 mins with no real pay off, not my idea of a great film.
January 24, 2016
I want to see this really bad!
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