Bride Wars is a chick-flick of the chickiest kind. Granted, I’ve just made that word up, but you get the picture. It is incredibly girly. If you have little or no interest in weddings or getting married then you probably won’t appreciate it as much as those who have, or want to. You’ll still find the film funny, but are just as likely to end up rolling your eyes at some parts.
Anyhoo, onto the action. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star as lifelong friends Liv and Emma. Since the age of six they’ve been obsessed with weddings and both girls desperately want their own big days to happen at The Plaza in New York. So, 20 years later, when both of the girls get engaged within 24 hours of one another, it’s a cause for excitement indeed. The girls plan to do everything together, dress shopping, guest lists and so on. However, their first stop is New York’s most exclusive wedding planner who manages to secure both girls slots at The Plaza for June. Cue much smiling.
Soon afterwards, though, the excitement turns to anger. An error with the paperwork means that their weddings, instead of being a couple of weeks apart have been booked on the same day. Disaster rapidly follows. With neither girl willing to change their date or venue, all-out war ensues with Liv and Emma desperately trying to ruin the other’s wedding. The humour is very slapstick in places, with the sabotage being at its most childish, but still funny.
There are a couple of twists in the tale which I have to confess I saw coming, but the film was enjoyable nonetheless. I don’t think it’ll ever make it to the list of ‘classic’ chick-flicks, i.e. Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Pretty Woman etc, but it’s still a good way to spend a night in. Better make it a night in with the girls, though. The fellas won’t be impressed at having to sit through this. So unless you want to listen to snoring and have drool on your shoulder, let them off the hook.