Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Weddings can be stressful. Unfortunately, when friendship trials and tribulations occur during what is supposed to be the happiest day of the bride’s life that is a recipe for disaster. It is not unusual for weddings to be reduced to a cesspool of friend and family disagreements, as was the case in the film Bride Wars.
Unrealistic, and completely over the top, Bride Wars is the tale of best friends Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway) who have dreamed of grand New York weddings at the Plaza Hotel. After scheduling dream weddings with the New York’s most sought after wedding planner, Marion St. Claire (Bergen), they are notified that a scheduling error will only allow the friend’s to be wed on the same day.
Though intended to be a romantic comedy, Bride Wars is really mean and possibly miscast. Hudson is a fine choice, but Hathaway seems to be an awkward teammate. Emma is the passive, school teacher and stepping stone to her friends and her fiancé. Liv, a high powered, overbearing, businesswoman, is Emma’s best friend.
Once Emma and Liv begin battle, they realize how important their friendship is, and yet the competiveness blinds them to that important fact. Now friendless and desperate for a maid of honor, Emma, asked Deb (Johnston), a co-worker who treats her like a door mat, to be her maid of honor.
Delightful scenes involve all of the bridal machinations of trying on dresses, and all of the New York scenery. In this film the men are merely props for the women, and the lack of character development for the guys weakens the plot. That and it seems the main characters are just walking through the story because the paycheck might be nice. Other wise there is little to no evident motivation for the characters to be present in the storyline.
When a grand public argument occurs between Liv and Emma at their joint bridal shower, it is the beginning of serious problems for the gal pals. Mutual friends of the both women, refuse to choose sides but are both amused and appalled by the show.
Bride Wars gags and main acts of insolence can mostly be viewed in the trailer, which is annoying. If all the good portions are in the trailer, then why oh why should anyone bother stretching this tawdry tale out for more than a hour and a half?
Even though this film could have been a lot, better, it is not a total wash. Hudson, who seems to have filled out and looks a little puffy; does have some funny moments. However, for those who remember Hudson’s mother, funny woman Goldie Hawn, we can only wince at the passing of the family comedy torch. Hudson’s comedic track record is officially trashed as of this film proving that war, of any kind, just isn’t worth it!
Movie Reviewed: Bride Wars
Directed By: Gary Winick
Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnston
Rated: PG for suggestive content, language, and some rude behavior
Runtime: 89 min
Studio: 20th Century Fox