Anne Hathaway loves weddings. Well, one might surmise as much from her recent trio of rsvps—Rachel Getting Married, Bride Wars, and the forthcoming The Fiancé. I don't know what the last movie will bring to the mix, but the first two are almost opposite from one another. Whereas Rachel featured three-dimensional characters and lively, buzzing tension, Bride Wars offers characterizations in place of characters and a resolution that comes wrapped with a big bow on top and a gift receipt tucked inside.

Whether one will want to use that gift receipt will depend entirely on what one is hoping to unwrap. For all its predictability, Bride Wars is a well-paced chick flick that trades heavily in two great romantic ideals many women harbor—a fancy wedding day and a best friend. It's pleasant, almost heartwarming at moments, despite being entirely implausible.

Bride Wars stars Hathaway as Emma and Kate Hudson as Liv, two best friends who grow up dreaming together about having June weddings at the famed Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Liv grows up to be an assertive lawyer who always gets her way. Emma grows up to be a mild-mannered middle school teacher who prefers to go with the flow than insist on her own ideas. And the two are stuck together like glue. That is, until both women get engaged and go to book their weddings at the Plaza. A clerical error in the office of their wedding planner (a familiar woman-in-power-suit turn from Candice Bergen) means that their weddings get double booked on the same day at the same time. With the next opening at the coveted location three years away, Emma and Liv descend into bickering and outright wedding warfare. Cue the pranks, which include an unfortunate tanning session a week before ...

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Bride Wars
Our Rating
2 Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG (suggestive content, language and some rude behavior)
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Directed By
Gary Winick
Run Time
1 hour 29 minutes
Cast
Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen
Theatre Release
January 09, 2009 by Columbia Pictures
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