Bride Wars (2009) (PG) ★★

Review Date: January 9th, 2009

An amusing premise falls flat as this unfunny war turns ugly and silly.


Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are lifelong best friends obsessed with getting married -- and more importantly, having the perfect wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel. Except there's a glitch: Their June weddings get scheduled for the same Saturday and no other date is available for three years! When neither agrees to move to a different venue, the battle is on. And the pranks: There's Emma's disastrous trip to a tanning salon where her skin becomes solid orange and Liv's appointment at a beauty salon where her blonde locks are turned mysteriously blue.


Adding this to her recent list of dumb comedies like My Best Friend's Girl and Fool's Gold, Hudson is in need of a serious career intervention. Her character here, a supposedly smart lawyer who will sink to ANY depths to get married and have a dream wedding just doesn't mesh. It's SO 50 years ago that feminists watching these two engage in a knock-down drag-out fight over a hotel ballroom will recoil in horror. And after all that acclaim for Rachel Getting Married, Hathaway should just find a place to hide – though, to be fair, in one or two scenes she does manage to find a shred of believability. Too bad it's not nearly enough.


Although it starts out with a bit of promise, director Gary Winick clearly just sat back as the proceedings spun out of control with one ridiculous scene after another. Of course, he isn't given much help by Greg DePaul, CaseyWilson and June Diane Raphael's waaaaaaay over-the-top screenplay which reduces these two apparent friends into babbling morons. Those interested in witnessing two women demean themselves for 90 minutes should have a lot of fun.

Bottom Line rated this film 2 stars.