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Bride Wars

A movie directed by Gary Winick

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Bride Wars

  • Dec 19, 2010
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I can safely say that, without a doubt, Bride Wars is the worst film I have ever seen. Granted, I did not see this of my own free will. What truly sucks about it is that it could have worked if it had been written in a different way. It could have worked as a dark comedic satire of how shallow women perceive weddings. It could have worked as a psychological thriller about two womens' descent into madness over their weddings. It could have even worked as a love story about lesbianism. Even as a light, frothy rom-com, it could have worked if they had male characters with...you know...lines, a personality, and a backstory and whatnot. But with non-existent male characters, stale jokes, and a plot that will only appeal to a certain type of women.

First of all, the film is so aggressively girly and the pointless "war" is a pretty shitty substitute for conflict and they think that they can just tack on a "friends forever" message at the end and it will all be okay. For those of you who are blessed without the knowledge of this film, it is about Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway), two horrible selfish shallow women who both get engaged around the same time to men with an equal amount of personality (NONE!). In fact, when Emma's fiance has the audacity to bring up the "war", he's made out to be the bad guy.

The whole reason the "war" starts is that there's a clerical error from the dumbass secretary of the wedding planner so their weddings were scheduled for the same day. You'd think in their girly best friend world, having a double wedding would be the best thing ever, but then we wouldn't have a shitty excuse for conflict. There's also a checked-off list of cliches for this film, and it doesn't even really seem like a movie, just a power-point presentation with the occasional video clip tossed in.

The acting is also horrible and it's by far Anne Hathaway's worst performance to date. I mean, I don't like any of the other actors in the film as actors themselves, and they are even worse in the film. Steve Howey, Chris Pratt, and Bryan Greenberg are the three male actors in this film, and none of them have personalities. They also just have a few lines each and they're all under ten words and completely lacking in humour and originality.

Another thing I didn't understand was the ending. First of all, they paired Hathaway with Bryan Greenberg, who plays Kate Hudson's brother. I mean, he confided in her, but the pairing just doesn't make sense. Another thing, the end joke just doesn't make sense. Needless to say, I hope "Baby Wars" doesn't come out of this and make it into a franchise.

There is nothing salvageable about this movie. The acting is horrible, the story is thinner than a bridal veil, and all of it is extremely mean-spirited and unpleasant. Why don't these two women just get married? To each other, I mean, they're clearly the only people on earth that can stand each other. The actors do horribly, it's way too agressively girly, so only certain types of women will like it, and it's just an all around horrible movie

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review by . April 29, 2010
Of all the chic flicks that came out in 2009, this was probably the most original one. Gone is the sappy romance between guy and gal. Gone are the one-night stands, overbearing families that complicate relationships, and unintended romances. This movie is simply about two girls, best friends since childhood, who by accident have their weddings scheduled on the same day at the same place. They then proceed to destroy each other as a way of getting the other one to postpone the wedding. Would something …
review by . December 09, 2009
Liv and Emma (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) are long-time best friends who dreamed of weddings at New York's Plaza Hotel.  After they both get engaged, they go to an elite wedding planner (Candice Bergen) who manages to bungle things and, wouldn't you just guess, both weddings are scheduled for the same place, date, and time.  Oh, the horror!      Watching this comedy actually made me depressed.  The two young ladies were so self-absorbed …
review by . March 07, 2009
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review by . June 19, 2009
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Two gorgeous actresses, Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. Anne on her way up, Kate starting to choose bad films and maybe on her way down. But, both are so beautiful in this film. Gorgeous. You want both of them, you could just...just...eat them up they are so beautiful.     So why in the world did I think half way through this film, they missed the whole point, why didn't they just have these two gorgeous women marry eachother? The plot was set for exactly that answer, the two …
review by . April 05, 2009
"If I were your wedding, I'd be sleeping with one eye open..."     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. BFFs Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) dream of their dream weddings at the Plaza Hotel   2. This is the one thing that Emma has ever wanted   3. Liv always gets everything she wants   4. Oops! Both weddings get booked for the same day   5. Open warfare commences   6. For most of the movie …
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How important is the perfect wedding? Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) have been best friends since childhood and each has always dreamed of an extravagant wedding at the Plaza hotel. When both friends get engaged in the same week, they rush to the exclusive wedding planner Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen) to book the perfect weddings at the Plaza hotel. The reservations get mixed up and both weddings end up scheduled on the same day and, since there are no other suitable openings available at the Plaza, the friends find themselves in the impossible situation of having to decide who will sacrifice her long-held dream and change venues. It turns out that neither woman is willing to give up her plans for a perfect wedding and the friends turn against one another in a hilarious battle that results in everything from blue hair to rumors of pregnancy and embarrassing home videos accompanying one bride's walk down the aisle. Can even a life-long friendship survive the emotional turmoil of two weddings gone wrong? Bride Wars is an amusing look at the trials of friendship and love that's sure to inspire laughter and perhaps even a tear or two. --Tami Horiuchi

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Director: Gary Winick
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 9 January 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Casey Wilson, Greg DePaul
Runtime: 89 min
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