An inspirational story or biopic nearly always guarantees a dramatic night’s worth of entertainment. But sometimes (ok, so most of the time) I just want to see something that is funny without it asking that I “think,. Like many other films, when I read about Bride Wars, I knew I’d have to see it. Plus it stars two of Hollywood’s most popular actresses and incidentally, they’re two of my favorites.
Bride Wars (2009) Film Review
Once upon a time two little girls dream of their weddings since they experienced a June wedding at the Plaza Hotel. It’s in that moment that both girls decide what they want for their own someday happy-ever-after.
Now, some 15 years later, Liv (Kate Hudson), is a lawyer with a domineering personality that gets her anything she wants. Then there is Emma (Anne Hathaway), a teacher who is about as meek as Liv is bossy. Kind to a fault, Emma cannot say “no” to anyone. Both in successful relationships, the girls both receive proposals within days of each other. For ten years Emma has been a best friend, now Fletcher (Chris Pratt) finally decides to make official his relationship with Emma. Liv then prods a proposal out of her charming, but considerate boyfriend, Daniel (Steve Howey).
Both girls now have rings, and are ready to plan their dream June wedding at the plaza….
Once I read a review that mocks this, and compares it to 2007’s 27 Dresses. Both are among my favorites. Despite the genre and story, Bride Wars has a twist or two. The only thing I expect for certain was that one of the weddings wouldn’t go off, whether or not that holds up, I won’t say. (Spoilers and all, you understand. *wink*) I can see why this won’t appeal to everyone, so let me save you ninety-nine minutes, and just say; if you don’t like sappy comedies, then skip this. This is exactly what this fully “embraces.” Director Gary Winick also directs the “kid” comedy 13 Going on 30 and there is definitely similarities to the two films. Both have a sort of child-like innocence before managing to become more “adult” comedies.Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson co-star in the 2009 comedy, Bride Wars – A Cute Girl Comedy About Best Friends #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
Along with a healthy dose of comedy, this film also showcases some more tender heartfelt scenes; particularly the scene between Emma’s father and Liv. And there are, of course, some goofy moments (like Emma crashing Liv’s wedding or the girls chasing a bride around while registering), but nothing so extreme as to make the pranks “over the top.” In the end, the tricks the girls play on each other are more comical than mean-spirited in the sense that they can be “undone.” Still neither girl does anything to physically hurt the other, just mean-spirited acts in messing with the unwritten “code” between girlfriends.
In certain nuances, this reminds me of some of my own childhood memories with my “sis” (minus the backstabbing). Both Hudson and Hathaway play their roles with all the girl-power finesse needed for their respective roles and Candice Bergen as the perfectionist wedding planner is superb. All of the leading men are well cast and deserve credit for a great performance in an all-white-frilly-knock-out-bridal-war. Hudson also plays producer for the first time on this film, a role I’m sure she uses to help being the story to life.
Bride Wars finds a spot on my self alongside my other “girly-girl” flick, and if you have liked Winick’s (i.e. Letters to Juliet) other work, you may find this worthwhile. The ending is adorable making this a fun afternoon’s entertainment. Characters have grown at credits rolling, making you feel good about any lessons they need to embrace; both learn an important one about friendship after their ridiculous and often times’ unrealistic “war.” In Emma’s character, we learn its okay to just be yourself and not someone else’s ideal, and that in itself is a lesson we all need to remember sometimes.
(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Thank you to anyone who makes a purchase through these links. Read the disclosure page for details.)
You can purchase Bride Wars digitally on Amazon Video
CONTENT: this is PG because of a bachelorette party with male strippers; Liv and Emma dance suggestively on stage, the girls drink throughout. Some language is present [“mother f” is uttered, “a**”]. There are some crude comments like “suck it.” Both couples live together. Conversation revolves around what happened on spring break years ago, which later comes into play with a video. false pregnancy rumor is spread.