Bride WarsAnne Hathaway is a regular wedding crasher
By Adam Frazier
Remember that speech Tina Fey's character, Ms. Norbury, gives toward the conclusion of Mean Girls
? "I want you to raise your hand if you've ever had a girl say something bad about you behind your back."
result: a gymnasium filled with high school girls brought face-to-face
with the reality of their girl-on-girl crime. "You all have got to stop
calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it O.K. for guys to
call you sluts and whores. Who here's ever been called a slut?"
I have been called a slut on numerous occasions, I'm not a lady. If I
were, however, I might be a slightly sickened with the way my gender is
portrayed in a film like Bride Wars
In this film by director Gary Winick (13 Going on 30
Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play Liv and Emma, best friends turned
bitter rivals when their weddings are scheduled on the same day. Within
a matter of seconds, these two life-long buddies are reduced to wicked,
spiteful wenches committed to ruining each other's lives.
I have to wonder what the message behind Bride Wars
is - the lesson to be learned. I suppose the film's flimsy script is an
attempt to resonate thoughts and feelings of sisterhood, the deep
companionship shared between women, but in all honesty it seemed like
nothing more than a showcase of backstabbing fueled by jealousy.
boyfriends-cum-fiancÚs in this story, Fletcher (Chris Pratt) and Daniel
(Steve Howey), are nothing more than chiseled, square-jawed mannequins
for Liv and Emma to interact with when they become adversaries. There
seems to be little-to-no motivation behind their smiling eyes when they
propose to their respective ladies.
I found myself asking, "Why
are these guys popping the question?" Was there some huge
Earth-shattering moment that I missed out on that made these guys
realize there was only one woman for them? Further more, I wondered how
these guys could put up with their female counterparts, who are as
equally one-sided in terms of motivation and personality.
Hudson's Liv is your stereotypical Type A personality. She's impatient,
highly competitive, hostile and overly aggressive. Basically, she's the
brazen bitch of the movie. Her best friend Emma, played by Anna
Hathaway, makes up for Liv's fierceness by as a completely spineless
Type B, a person so patient and soft-spoken she lacks the ability to
even speak up for herself.
Again, there's no motivation here as
to why these two girls so desperately need to get married right here
and now. Their weddings got scheduled on the same day - why not wait
until next June? In fact, it seems a little out of character for
Hathaway's spineless character to insist on getting married at the same
time as Liv.
film lands a couple laughs and hits its stride when the two wage war on
one another with a series of absurd pranks. Liv tampers with Emma's
spray tan session, resulting in Hathaway's porcelain complexion tinted
in Oompa Loompa orange. To get her back, Emma mixes a special hair dye
that leaves Liv screaming, "My hair is blue!"
continue to escalate until the two former friends reach their breaking
points. How does this epic, colossal film end? It pretty much goes down
as you would expect - in typical chick flick format. There's a
surprising turn of events that is, in all actuality, completely
predictable. It's telegraphed from a mile a way, like a Hail Mary pass
at the end of a big football game. Just because it's expected, however,
doesn't mean it isn't a smart play.
Obviously the makers of this
film know their audience and what they want, regardless of if the
overall story suffers and lacks any real depth. Maybe I'm taking this
all a bit too seriously. I don't mean to critique Bride Wars
as if it was a Cecil B. DeMille picture and this review was an
analytical paper for some pretentious film theory class. The film is
not that bad, but it's not that good either.
What about the acting, you ask? Most of the heavy lifting in Bride Wars
and I use that term sparingly, is left to Anne Hathaway as her
character is the more complex of the two. Kate Hudson plays the same
silly girl she's played in Fool's Gold
and How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days
Anne Hathaway, who is currently receiving recognition for her amazing performance in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married
seems to actually be taking a step back with Bride Wars. I can only
hope she starts making more of the former and less of the latter,
because she truly is an amazing actress and I'm behind her 100%.
You know those "movies for guys who like movies," action flicks that typically involve Chuck Norris or Dolph Lundgren? Well, Bride Wars
is kind of like that, but for the ladies. It's a cute and cuddly chick
flick that exploits every girl's fairytale dream. The dream of a
perfect wedding day.Bride Wars
is a fun, light-hearted movie with good intentions. But sometimes it
takes more than just good intentions. With its one-dimensional cast of
characters and a barebones script, the film teeters the line between
being light-hearted, and having no heart at all.