Bride Wars (2009)

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars. Photo from the internet.

Bride Wars is the romantic comedy film that is quite memorable for me in the sense that I felt so affected with the fact that two best friends became the worst enemies just because both of them wanted to have the perfect wedding.

Cirected by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul, June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, Bride Wars stars the indefatigable Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, veteran actress Candice Bergen, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Steve Howey, and Kristen Johnston.

Bride Wars Synopsis
According to Wikipedia:

Emma Allen (Anne Hathaway) and Olivia ‘Liv’ Lerner (Kate Hudson) are best friends who have planned every detail of their weddings, since first witnessing a wedding 20 years ago at the Plaza Hotel. Therefore, they both have made it a lifetime priority to be married in the same location in June.

The movie begins with the two women getting engaged at the age of 26. They then schedule their weddings with New York’s most famous wedding planner, Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen), but due to a clerical error they are scheduled to have a wedding on the same day, June 6 (3 and a half months later). A week of passive aggressive hostility passes before the two women make it clear that neither will compromise, especially after Liv tries to take advantage of Emma’s passive nature and outrages Emma in the process. During this time, Emma’s fiancé, Fletcher (Chris Pratt), begins to show signs of being controlling.

A wedding reception scene in Bride Wars. Photo from the internet.

Both women attempt to sabotage each other’s wedding, including Liv making Emma’s tan turn bright orange, Emma tampering with Liv’s hair dye to turn Liv’s hair a shocking blue-white colour, Emma showing up to Liv’s bachelorette party to out-dance her, and Emma secretly sending Liv candy to make her too fat to fit into her dress. Eventually, Emma and Fletcher get into an argument regarding Emma’s manic behavior of sabotaging Liv’s wedding and their friendship.

Sometimes I couldn’t help but wonder if these situations have actually happened in real life. Would you really give up a life-long friendship for the wedding of your dreams that’s just for a day? Anyway, in the movie though, it was just as well because Hathaway’s character found out that her fiance is a rather control freak and that she is better off without him. Oh well, I guess I can say that everything ends up well for the characters this movie. It’s funny and poignant and to me, highly entertaining.

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