Bride Wars

By Bob on November 4, 2009 6:05 AM

Bride Wars might have been funnier if it had been fought with real guns. 

This movie is the latest in a long line of, "isn't-Kate Hudson-cute-and-acts-just-like-her-mother," line of romantic comedies.  If you think you've seen this one before, it's because you have.  This 89-minute epic co-starring Anne Hathaway is the familiar tale of two childhood friends who've spent their 20-something lifetimes planning the perfect wedding.


They've already found the perfect guys and now all they have to do is wait for them to pop the question.  Emma (Hathaway) is the poor, but earnest school teacher whose guy is first out of the gate.  This of course, incenses hard-charging, rich corporate lawyer Liv (Hudson) who bullies her boyfriend into a proposal so she can be married, too.  See where this is going?  Thought so. 

We all know that in a fromantic comedy (female romantic comedy) that tears will be shed, clothes will be torn and hair will be harmed.

Emma and Liv rush to see the wedding planner of their dreams Marion St. Claire (delightfully played by Candice Bergen) to craft the perfect wedding at the perfect place: The Plaza Hotel.  A scheduling screw up that only happens in romantic comedies places both weddings at the same time, on the same day, at the same place.  I wasn't any good in physics, but even I know that won't work. 


Soon, the brides to be are faced with deciding who will get the dream wedding and who will walk.  This game of matrimonial chicken is the comedic plot device that sends them careening through the remainder of the movie.


Will poor, but earnest Emma get her dream wedding?  How about hard-charging corporate lawyer, Liv?  Will she let a mousey schoolteacher ruin her plans?  And what about the grooms to be?  What about them?  Oh, the humanity! 


We all know that in a fromantic comedy (a female romantic comedy) that tears will be shed, clothes will be torn and hair will be harmed.  It's the holy trinity of humor.


And there is humor here.  Sure it's slapstick (think Lucille Ball) and Candice Bergen steals every scene she's in.  Ultimately, both brides make their way to an altar in an altered state.  The audience is left to drink flat champagne and dance to an obnoxious DJ.    


Anne Hathaway is a talented actress with range (see Rachel Getting Married) who probably thought a light summer comedy with Goldie's daughter was a sure fire hit.  Hey, we all make mistakes.  My advice to Anne is pretty simple.  The next time Kate Hudson pulls up to your Hollywood home with a script - I'd be packing heat.


The Boomer Brief recommends Netflix for your movie rentals.  The monthly rental packages start at only $4.99 - and you can cancel at any time. 


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