New on DVD this week is “Bride Wars,” a friendship comedy starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as two friends who end up scheduling their weddings on the same day. For some unknown reason, it all goes sour and their friendship implodes.
While “Bride Wars” isn’t one of my favorite movies this year , it’s fun to see these two gals on screen together, and the movie is a lighthearted look at friends and weddings and how wacky things can get. Check out this clip of Kate Hudson jogging – or rather, not jogging – in the park.
|Movie: “Bride Wars” *||In Theaters: Jan. 9, 2009|
|Runtime: 98 minutes||Directed by: Gary Winick|
|MPAA Rating: PG for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior||Gecko Rating:|
“Bride Wars” is a diversion from the heavier movies in theaters right now. You won’t find Clint Eastwood’s crotchety old guy in “Gran Torino” or the emotional drain of “Marley & Me.” Ok, there ARE some downer aspects to “Bride Wars,” but it’s mostly a goofy chick-flick.
It tells the story of Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway), who’ve been best friends since they were kids and saw a wedding in progress at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Ever since that day, they’ve both been planning their weddings which would, of course, take place at the Plaza.
As it so happens, Emma and Liv end up getting engaged at the same time. This would be fun and good, except for a glitch that schedules their weddings on the very same day at the Plaza.
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Ok, here’s where the movie starts to go wrong. I said to my 11-year-old daughter, who saw the movie with me, if they’re such good friends, why don’t they have a double wedding? Or just celebrate each others’ joy, even though the weddings are on the same day? Couldn’t this be fun?
Apparently not, because the brides go all bridezilla on each other and do everything they can to sabotage the others’ wedding. Emma sneaks into a hair salon and switches the colorings so that Liv’s hair turns blue. Then she starts sending her fattening sweets and a membership in the “International Butter Club,” so that Liv wouldn’t be able to fit into her Vera Wang wedding dress.
Meanwhile, Liv somehow manages to wreak disaster at the tanning salon where Emma goes for a dose of healthy-glow before the wedding. She ends up orange. Aside from the fact that all of this is over-the-top unrealistic, a lot of it seems more sad than funny. A side-story involves Liv losing both of her parents at an early age, so aside from her brother, Emma really is like her family. It made me sad to think of two girls who are supposed to be so close acting in such a vengeful way.
You can’t call “Bride Wars” a lighthearted farce, because of the more dramatic elements of the storyline. Yet it’s not a drama either. It’s something in between, and doesn’t really work either way, for that reason.
The movie’s saving grace is Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, both of whom do the romantic comedies fairly well (if only this had BEEN a romantic comedy). Still, if you’re a fan of either of these actresses, “Bride Wars” is worth a look. Candice Bergen does her best with the material she’s given. She’s the hotshot wedding planner the girls turn to for help.
And while I’m at it, here’s another unrealistic aspect of the movie: Hudson’s attorney character could probably afford such a lavish wedding, but Hathaway’s schoolteacher? I doubt she could have sprung for the whole “Plaza wedding” thing on her salary.
Note to Parents: “Bride Wars” is rated PG, and there’s really only one scene that edges towards PG-13 territory, when Emma shows up at Liv’s bachelorette party and does a sexy dance with guy-dancers posing as cops. That made both my daughter and I cringe.
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Is a friend always going to be as they were? Not for sure. Some stays for so long and with a simple mistake all turn down. That is a popular concept of many friendships. A topic like this is an understandable by good directors and driving them to a grater extend to make a funny movie like Bride Wars. Been a bride is not that easy and it was the changing moment of a women.
Especially for once who think deep in life and faith? That is why many women celebrate it in grate fashion. For them it was a child hood dream come true. Because most of the times it is the most colorful day of life. Hire in the movie Bride Wars two young women who are really close and best friends.
They are Liv and Emma. They eat and sleep together. They are that much close. Even when one found a lover other dramatically fell in love with another. Indicates how deep there friend ship was. They are planning all as some. The costumes, visitors music’s all need to be in perfect shape.
The perfect age they think was 26 here it comes for both of them. When they went on to booked they dream wedding hotel the Plaza every thing seems to be fine. They set date as they wish not even asking they be loving boy friends. But hire comes the bad news as always saying that they can’t take both weddings together. It was a clerical mistake. Every thing was set to go. Who will give up? No one. Both are desperate to have their own dream wedding as it sets. That is where the battle begins. Among the two friends a war begin on first to be bride.
Making traps to each other and they are breath taking ones. Hopefully not been that hash. It was a war day at the ceremony. Turning up side down at the wedding Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) done it in style. Perfect comedy to start the season Directed by Gary Winick (13 Going On 30 (2004) produced by Matt Luber and Jonathan Filley wii you be the next one to battle at the wedding.