Bride Wars (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Fox || PG - 89 minutes - $29.98 || April 28, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gary Winick
Writer(s): Greg DePaul (story), Greg DePaul and Casey Wilson & June Diane Rapheal (screenplay)
Cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Candice Bergen


Theatrical Release Date: January 9, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Ah, the dreaded M word is the topic of the film known as Bride Wars. No, not ďmoving in together,Ē although that is also dreaded, but that is also not one word but technically three in one form of a word. That made sense in my head, but when I typed it out, not so much. The M word Iím talking about is Marriage, the word that most men fear and most women adore to hear. I stay away from those types. Which type you ask? The ones who hint about it after a week of dating, we call those girls ďweekdays.Ē Now that thatís cleared up, letís get onto the movie.

Young Liv (Zoe Oí Grady) and Young Emma (Shannon Ferber) are children at a wedding. The two are best friends and dance with each other, talking about how they want to marry perfect men when they grow up. They also discuss about where they want their wedding at, which happens to be a location known as The Plaza, and that they want to be married in the month of June and no other date. The two want their dream to become true at some point in their lives, and we fast forward to the future.

Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are best friends still after twenty years, and are both successful workers. Liv works as a lawyer for an expensive firm and Emma is a school teacher, but the two are different people entirely. Liv is more outgoing and speaks her mind, while Emma is the weaker of the two and constantly lets people such as Deb (Kristen Johnston) pushes her around in her life. It causes some conflicts later on, but for now the two are the best of friends.

Liv and Emma are hanging out at Livís place doing the usual girl things that girls do in their free time. That is, until Liv searches through her place to find a Tiffany box and gets ecstatic at what that implies; her boyfriend Nate (Bryan Greenberg) is going to propose to her soon. The two are livid at what this means, so they go out with some of their friends that night to celebrate the fact sheís engaged, well, almost. While there Livís brother Daniel (Steve Howey) shows up to talk to his sister and how he wishes their parents were here to see her get married and Liv excuses herself. Emma goes to cheer her up, even though sheís secretly sad that sheís not getting married (Even though Liv doesnít know yet when or if that Tiffany box is for her).

The next night Emma hangs out with her boyfriend Fletcher (Chris Pratt) and the two have Chinese and beer, what a combo. Emma keeps thinking that they forgot the fortune cookies but Fletcher says theyíre on the table already and gives Emma hers, which has a ring inside of it. Emma is jumping for joy and calls Liv about it, who is even more depressed since her boyfriend still hasnít proposed to her. Angry and sad, Liv heads off to Nateís work to ask him what the heck is going on. Nate acts like he doesnít know whatís going on, but then pulls out the box and lets her know that it is a ring and that if she waited until the end of the day he would propose to her properly. Instead, he proposes to her in front of everyone at work and Liv happily accepts. Both of the childhood friends are now getting married, and itís only three months away from June so they needs to get working on their wedding plans.

Emma and Liv make an appointment with the best wedding planner in town, Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen), who gets them two different dates for the wedding, June 6th and June 27th, the only two available dates in June. Liv wants the 6th since that was her parentís anniversary and Liv reluctantly takes the 27th, although there isnít much of a choice. On the way out they run into someone else planning their wedding for June, and Liv lets her know thereís only one date left to pick and wishes her good luck. They leave the place happy as can be, until they get a call later from Marion that a problem has arisen: the two are scheduled on the same date. It turns out that her secretary screwed up the date and booked them together rather than separate, and thereís no other date for the next three years in June.

Liv and Emma refuse to change the date of the wedding to a different month, since itís been their childhood dream to get married in June at The Plaza, so the two have an all out war with each other hoping the other will cave in. Thatís the basis of the rest of the movie, with the two throwing their relationship between one another out the window and pulling all the stops in hopes the other will switch their date. Stunts include turning Livís hair blue, Emma looking like an oompa-loompa, and other various things that were all pretty funny.

I really enjoyed this movie, even though everyone says itís made for chicks and chicks only. Thereís a bunch of humor here and there that kept me interested, but its short runtime kind of turned me off from liking it more. I think had the film been maybe ten to fifteen minutes longer it could have given us more of the two fighting towards the middle of the movie or made the start of the film a little bit better. It still is a great film though and should be viewed, regardless if you want to get married or not.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): Comprised of only three scenes, and one of them being an alternate opening to the film, there isnít much if anything here. I was hoping for one of the three to be funny, but none of them were.

The Perfect White Dress (5 minutes): Obviously this was made for the female audience, as it deals with finding that perfect dress and how important it is on your wedding day.

Finally, some trailers for various Fox movies and television shows can be viewed.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For those who like the movies with an incredibly bright picture, then this is the flick for you. Colors are outstandingly vibrant and colorful, but in my opinion, the picture suffers from being too soft throughout most of the runtime. This isnít necessarily a bad thing, but the movie is just too bright and soft for my liking. Flesh tones are also somewhat out of whack, as they are also a bit more colorful than they should be. Contrast was decent, although the few nighttime scenes did suffer from heavy black levels. This isnít a fantastic transfer, but itís suitable.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track is more like a 2.0 track at best, as I rarely heard the surrounds engaged at all. This is obviously a dialogue-heavy film, and as such, a 5.1 track doesnít benefit it much. Nice to note, though, that I never struggled to hear the dialogue nor were there any issues with levels being inconsistent. The issue lies with the plain and simple fact that you shouldnít be expecting any sort of giant noises or action sequences throughout, as there arenít any.



.::OVERALL::.

Even though you wouldnít think of me to be one to like a film like this, I did. Hudson and Hathaway are phenomenal in this film as is the supporting cast. Itís got a bunch of funny moments that both genders can relate to and itís honestly a heartwarming flick. The audio is also accommodating for this type of movie, but the special features are devout of anything useful. I recommend it as a rental if youíre curious, or if you like the cast then an all-out purchase is worthwhile. These are two brides that you should marry into your collection of DVDís.