This weekend my daughter and I took some “girl time” and went to see the new film “Bride Wars.” While it is by no means an outstanding movie, it is one that a lot of women will, nonetheless, enjoy.
The film centers on best friends Liv (played by Kate Hudson) and Emma (played by Anne Hathaway). The two have been inseparable since childhood. Together they planned and shared their dreams for future weddings to the loves of their lives. Because of a wonderful childhood memory, both are convinced that they must be married in June at the Plaza in New York.
As the movie opens, the girls are sharing their frustrations over their individual boyfriends. They want to join the ranks of so many of their school friends who are already married. However, their respective partners aren’t moving along quickly enough.
Eventually the girls get their proposals and at about the same time. So they begin making all of their wedding plans a reality. Together, they seek the services of the premiere wedding planner, Marion St. Clare (played by Candice Bergen). They both book their weddings at the plaza; one on June 6th and one on the 27th. At least that is what they think.
A mix-up in the wedding planner’s office, however, schedules both of their weddings on the same day, at the same time. That, of course, means that they can’t fulfill their plans to be in each other’s important event.
That is where the trouble begins. Each girl wants the other to postpone her wedding. Neither wants to comply and eventually real fighting erupts, building into a crescendo of tactics that go way over the line.
Both of the former friends commit unforgivable actions against the other, in a supposed effort to get the other one to change her wedding date. In the end, however, they both give up and decide their lives and their weddings will have to go on without the other.
This type of film is perfectly suited to Kate Hudson’s and Anne Hathaway’s comedic styles. I admit, however, that I might have switched the parts had I been choosing the cast. The same could be said for their respective spouses to be.
The talented, and often hilarious, Steve Howey had good chemistry with Hudson. However, I suspect he might have had even better chemistry with Hathaway. The other major male member of the cast, Chris Pratt, actually seemed a bit out of place, but he might have fared better against Hudson.
Kristin Johnston tried to once again capture the lighting-in-a-bottle charisma she had on the television hit “Third Rock from the Sun.” Unfortunately, the audience has already seen that character and has grown tired of it. The movie would have been better had her character been eliminated altogether.
The script, penned by Greg DePaul and Casey Wilson, had a creative premise. But the writers took the tricks and pranks just a bit too far. That spoiled the screenplay and ultimately the film as well.
Director, Gary Winick, did nothing to reign in the bad pranks. A good director would have known when enough was enough. He did not!
I love both Hudson and Hathaway and will continue to see any movie that either of them make. These women have class that matches their talent. They do their best to set good examples, rather than being fodder for the tabloids. I respect that.
With everything going against it, I think the actresses did the best they could with the material they had. Both had touching moments that made the film worth seeing. Better still, they had good on-screen chemistry together and were totally believable as long time friends.
I wish I could give this film a better rating just because of Hathaway and Hudson. Sadly, I am forced to be truthful. That means the best that I can offer is three stars and that is pushing the envelope a little bit. It actually should land at between 2.5 and 3 stars. Still, I think the actress’s performances are worth seeing.
RATING SCALE USED:
0 = A stinker. Don’t waste the money!
1 = Bad. Go to or rent it at your own risk.
2 = Below average. See it only if you have time to kill.
2.5 = Average. A toss up.
3 = Good. Worth a looksee.
3.5 = Very good. I recommend it.
4 = Excellent. Don’t miss it!
4.5 = Outstanding. What are you waiting for?
5 = Destined to become a classic. You will be sorry if you don’t see it.