Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are best friends who since childhood have planned every detail of their respective weddings. At the top of their bridal “must have” list: a ceremony at New York’s ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel.
Now, at age 26, they’re both about to get married; they’re about to realize their dreams; and they’re about to live happily ever after.
Or maybe not…
When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates – they’re now to be married on the same date! – Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test. Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won’t settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled.
Now, the two best friends who’d do anything for each other, find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out war.
“Bride Wars” is about two friends who, when a mistake results in their wedding dates being booked on the same date, refuse to give into the other, even though they each planned to be the maid of honor at the other one’s wedding. “Bridezilla” is given a whole new definition when the two friends collide and plot to make it a miserable time for each other. This is made a bit more dramatic due to the fact the two, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Em (Anne Hathaway), have known each other since they were children and they dreamed together of their big wedding day.
There are nice themes explored, including close friendship, forgiveness, and following one’s heart, as one bride begins to wonder if she has found her true soul mate. The movie has its funny moments, such as some of the humorous arguments between Em and her fiancé, but unfortunately it is in the sex and language categories that the film crosses our line of acceptability as a family film. It’s too bad. There is a lot of talent revealed in the movie and with a bit of editing, we could have added it to our Dove list of family friendly films.