Directed by Gary Winick
Release Date: January 9, 2009
Running Time: 89 minutes
Bride Wars on the surface seems like a perfect scenario for a classic romantic comedy. All of the necessary elements were combined for what should have been a slam dunk hit; the star power of Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Candice Bergin and the glamour of The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Mix in a fairy-tale wedding story filled with little girl childhood fantasies with a Bridezilla theme and Bride Wars was a film I couldn't wait to open. The end result was not worth the wait.
Liv Lerner (Hudson) and Emma Allan (Hathaway) are life-long best friends and Manhattan natives, who have been obsessively planning their weddings for as long as they can remember. Both women have always longed for a June wedding, in New York City, at The Plaza. As fate would have it (and with a little convincing from Liv), they are both proposed to on nearly the same day. With that small detail out of the way, there was serious business to conduct. Emma, a New York City public school teacher, has been saving for her dream wedding for most of her adult life and Liv, a successful attorney has money to burn and is ready to spend it all on her special day.
Liv and Emma would entrust only one person to such crucial details of wedding planning and that is planner extraordinaire, Marion St. Claire (Bergen), who also narrates the story. St. Claire is also the only person capable of pulling off the seemingly impossible, booking the Plaza with three months notice.
Liv and Emma have the meeting of their lives with St. Claire and everything is smooth sailing; that is until an innocent scheduling snafu brings on near armegeddon.
Witnessing the transformation of two life long best friends, which seems to be a term that sells their relationship short; sisters would be a more fitting word, to warring Bridezillas is painful at best. It's diffcult to watch on two levels. One is that you really enjoy Liv and Emma's friendship. It's the kind of relationship every woman needs to have in her life, whether it's her blood sister or a best friend who's as close to her as a sister. The second is worse: it just wasn't funny. It didn't work. There was no creativity coming from the script. Crashing a bachelorette party, sabotaging hair color and swapping a DVD which was to be shown during a wedding march for one with less than flattering material is all been there done that. One bad turn deserves and even worse one, and so on and so on. By the end of the film, I was glad the overly dramatic slapstick was over.
There are some bright spots in Bride Wars. The ending ties in nicely with the storyline. During the film we do get a glimpse of some of the beauty of New York City, like The Plaza and Central Park, but it's not enough to fill the holes left by the script. The groomsmen and some of the bridesmaids should of had more pivotal roles. I believe they would have added a much needed layer of interest. If nothing else, to reel in their fiances a notch.