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Bride Wars (DVD Review)

24 Apr, 2009 By: Kyra Kudick

Bride Wars

Street 4/28/09
Box Office $58.6 million
$29.98 DVD
$39.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior.

Stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnson.

The premise of Bride Wars is that two women who have been best friends since childhood both dream of a June wedding at the Plaza Hotel. But when their weddings are accidentally scheduled on the same day, they turn into enemies bent on sabotaging the other’s wedding.

It’s an eye-roll inducing plot to be sure, but with the oft-charming Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway at the helm, I thought it might be amusing.

As it turns out, I am confused by the point of this film. If it is intended to be a light rom-com type with humorous gags, it doesn’t quite fit the bill. The relationship of the supposed best friends is not set up as particularly deep and quickly turns into a case of nasty, petty frenemies bent on mutual destruction. Some of the antics are funny, but others are so vengeful they are not particularly believable.

However, the voiceover of the wedding planner (Candice Bergen) leads me to wonder if the film is supposed to be a parable about how some women have forgotten the purpose of a wedding — that it marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment to another person, rather than just an expensive party where they are queen for a day. If that is the case, then it is brilliant, with shallow, self-absorbed caricatures of women that should somehow be used as a teaching tool to eliminate bridezillas altogether.

Since there is no commentary on either the Blu-ray Disc or DVD, it is impossible to know the filmmakers’ true intent. The DVD bonus features are pretty sparse — just a few deleted scenes and a featurette on Vera Wang.

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