Liv grew up to be a successful attorney while Emma opted for the life of a grade school teacher. Though different in
lifestyles and surroundings, their friendship has remained strong. So of course they are thrilled when they get engaged
within days of each other. Their fiancées, Fletcher (Chris Pratt) and Daniel (Steve Howey), handle the female bonding
without comment.Naturally, they both get engaged at the same time, and due to a mix-up with their wedding planner
(Candice Bergen), there’s but a single day in June available for them. Their fiancés reasonably suggest a double
wedding, but sweet Emma, who’s a doormat for Liv and any other woman with a personality, stamps her foot and
declares that this one day is going to be all about her, while bulldozer Liv also resolutely refuses to back away. This
means in order to be part of each other’s weddings someone will have to change their date. At first things go friendly
and cooperatively but then things escalate and “bride wars” break out.
Both Hudson and Hathaway are good enough actresses to keep the fun flying and the sentiment in check – until the
end. Then it is sweet time for the women and for the audience. This ends the movie on a bright note and satisfies all
who attend. While the two male characters are completely bland and interchangeable. I suspect they were thrown in just
to give the brides someone to marry.
Hudson shows some Goldie Hawn talent in this film. She looks great and does the physical and verbal comedy with
ease. Hathaway is a more reserved actress but she throws herself into this part and makes Emma’s transition believable.
Candice Bergen, who has suddenly become the grande damme of Hollywood, plays the wedding planner. This would
seem to be a fertile field for comedy but Candice plays it straight, to the detriment of the film. Bergen can be hilarious in
the right role but this obviously isn’t the right role.
Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson make charming frenemies in
“Bride Wars.” Hathaway has a shy demeanor that grows into
assertiveness while Hudson is snappy and sparkling from start to finish.
This isn’t comedy on a grand scale but it is pure enjoyment for those
who get into the spirit of the film. “Bride Wars” is just a fluffy, puffy bit
of fun that will take your mind of your problems and focus them on
someone else’s. Hudson and Hathaway provide you with laughs while
not over complicating a semi-silly situation. Go see it, relax and enjoy it.
January 09, 2009
Review - " Bride Wars " (in Theaters) - By Roland Hansen
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“Bride Wars” (20th Century Fox)
Directed by: Gary Winick
Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Brian Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Candice Bergen
Where is it written that that all motion pictures are required to be serious, dramatic
art? Can't a movie be lighthearted and fun or even downright silly? "Bride Wars"
doesn't harbor any delusions of grandeur. It doesn't pretend to be anything more
than a silly comedy about two best friends and their matrimonial misfortunes.
Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) have been friends since childhood.
They played dolls and dress up together and always wanted to be part of each other’
s wedding and ever since childhood they've each dreamed of having a lavish June
wedding at New York's legendary Plaza Hotel.