Reviewed by: Mia J. Best
|Featuring:||Kate Hudson (Liv Lerner), Anne Hathaway (Emma Allan), Bryan Greenberg (Nate Lerner), Chris Pratt (Fletcher Flemson), Steve Howey (Daniel Williams), Candice Bergen (Marion St. Claire), Kristen Johnston (Deb), Michael Arden (Kevin), Victor Slezak (Colson), Kelly Coffield Park (Kathy), John Pankow (John Allan), Zoe O'Grady (Young Liv), Shannon Ferber (Young Emma), June Diane Raphael (Amanda), Charles Bernard (Wedding DJ), Emily Sarah Stikeman (Student #1), Robert Capron (Robert), Kallie Mariah Tabor (Student #3), Bruce Altman (Simmons), Hettienne Park (Marissa), Lauren Bittner (Amie), Jeremy Brothers (Nerdy Colleague), Rena Maliszweski (Female Colleague), Casey Wilson (Stacy), Sarah Kate Jackson (Salesgirl), Jason Kolotouros (Delivery Guy), Paul Scheer (Ricky Coo), Kristofer L. Stock (Officer 'Not Your Husband'), Andre Holland (DJ Jazzles), Anna Madigan (Tanorexic), Daniel Raymont (Colorist), Jonathan C. Daly (Head Set), Dennis Parlato (Dance Instructor), Michael Anastasia (Geeky Neighbor), Georgia Lyman (Airbrush Technician), Ryan A. Shaw (Singer), Derek Yuen (Hair Stylist), Eryn Gruttadauria (Locker Student), Nicole Stuart (Receptionist), Kayce Brown (Bespectacled Colleague), Manuel Lopes (Miguel), Rob Wilson (Rob), Pamela Figueiredo (Pamela), Ryan Young (Head Set #2), Hannah Yun (Head Set #3), Sam Pannier (Stationery Clerk), Ariel Shafir (Security Guard), Steve Alterman (Additional Voice), Jacqueline Piñol (Additional Voice), Jennifer Crystal (Additional Voice), Michelle Ruff (Additional Voice), Zolee Griggs (Additional Voice), Karen Strassman (Additional Voice), Bridget Hoffman (Additional Voice), Billy Unger (Additional Voice), Mary Matilyn Mouser (Additional Voice), Paul Pape (Additional Voice), Kathryn Cressida (Additional Voice), Zoë Raye (Additional Voice), Elisa Gabrielli (Additional Voice), Dennis Singletary (Additional Voice), Gina Hirsch (Additional Voice), Hudson Thames (Additional Voice), Matthew Laborteaux (Additional Voice), Darian Bryant (Additional Voice), Cassidy K. Rawlinson (Additional Voice), Colin Ford (Additional Voice), Justin Shenkarow (Additional Voice), Kerry Gutierrez (Additional Voice), Laura Summer (Additional Voice), Karen Huie (Additional Voice), Claudette Wells (Additional Voice), Lynnanne Zager (Additional Voice), Edward A. Sherman IV (Snooty Bloomingdales shpper), Ellen Becker-Gray (Fletcher’s Aunt at Wedding—uncredited), Leigh Belair (Wedding guest—uncredited), Nicholas Cairis (Taxi driver—uncredited), Patrick Canty (Daniel’s Best Man—uncredited), Desiree April Connolly (Wedding Guest / Teacher—uncredited), Michael Anthony Coppola (Daniel’s Father—uncredited), Richard DeAgazio (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Sean Patrick Doherty (Bartender—uncredited), Sari Gagnon (Bachelorette—uncredited), Dane Grigas (Sales Clerk—uncredited), Sophya Gudelman (Hot Girl—uncredited), Quincy Heath (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Haytham Kandil (Bartender—uncredited), Dan Marshall (Dancing Wedding Guest / Best Friend of 80’s Groom—End-Credits—uncredited), Robert Masiello (Wedding guest—uncredited), Todd Mello (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Jason Mulcahy (The Palm Court Caterer—uncredited), Giovanni Pantaleo (Bridal Shower Bartender—uncredited), Steve Ricard (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Sabe Schoeneg (Guy at wedding—uncredited), Jillian Taylor (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Fraser Townley (The Hotel Manager—uncredited), Marc Vos (Wedding Guest—uncredited), Melissa Whiteman (Salesgirl—uncredited), Adam Zalt (The Palm Court Caterer—uncredited)|
“13 Going on 30,” “Charlotte’s Web”
|Producer:||Firm Films, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Sunrise Entertainment, Jay Cohen, Jonathan Filley, Kate Hudson, Matt Luber, Alan Riche, Peter Riche, Devon Wilson, Julie Yorn|
|Distributor:||Fox 2000 Pictures|
Same story, different brides. Bride Wars is a predictable, clunky, cookie-cut comedy, which promotes the notion that the most important thing about a marriage is throwing a great party and calling it a wedding. Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) have been best friends since childhood and have been obsessed with having June weddings at The Plaza Hotel in NYC. Having that dream wedding turns into a nightmare when their weddings are mistakenly booked on the same day at the legendary hotel.
Bridal bliss is overtaken by villainous venom as the two lifelong pals become arch enemies. Bride Wars attempts to be both sentimental and poke fun at the commercialization of the wedding business, but, overall, it trivializes marriage and reinforces stereotypes of brides who morph into “Bridezillas” [enraged, emotional, out-of-control brides] when any detail of their nuptials is threatened.
Emma and Liv attack one another’s wedding plans ferociously. Most of the comedy comes from laughing at the ridiculous scenarios they create for one another. They both resort to lying, stealing, and being verbally abusive to one another. The bible calls these actions the “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19-21) and lets us know we can choose not to follow those negative impulses. We are encouraged, rather, to follow the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18, 22-26). The Bible also gives us a principle for handling offenses. It says we are to go to that person alone and point out the fault (Matt 18:15-20).
Although this film is mild by Hollywood standards, from a biblical view the offenses are many and continuous throughout the film. To highlight a few, a bride is depicted as drunk at her reception, there is social drinking to the point of getting drunk, a strip club scene with sexually suggestive dancing and some nudity, and both of the main characters are living with their boyfriends prior to getting married. Profanity is scattered throughout film, and the name of the Lord is taken in vain liberally, at least twenty times.
Overall, I do not recommend this movie, due to moral offenses and a poorly written, poorly acted story. Anne Hathaway’s acting talents manage to shine forth in this dull flick, but she cannot make up for the poorly written script or weak performance given by her co-star, Kate Hudson.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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