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Comedy - Family

Bride Wars (2009)

Duration1h 29m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG, Switzerland: 7 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorGary Winick
Writers/ScriptGreg DePaul, Casey Wilson, June Diana Raphael
StarringKate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Kristen Johnston, John Pankow,  Candice Bergen
RatingsIMDb: 5.5 by 104k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 11% by 144 critics. Review2View: 3/10.

Elevator Pitch: Olivia (Liv) and Emma are best friends who, after seeing a wedding take place in the Plaza Hotel, next to Central Park, when they were children. Later, as adults their boyfriends propose to them and they begin to make wedding arrangements, both choosing a wedding planner, Marion St. Claire. They fall out as their wedding arrangements are in conflict, and things come to a head when they find that accidentally both their weddings are scheduled for the same day at the Plaza. By now they have been sabotaging each other’s arrangements in a variety of ways. How will it all end.

Content: No sex or nudity although the girls witness a Chippendales style strip show. Some drinking at the various functions. The women spend time with their boyfriends, their relationships actually already being in place. They go through the arrangement process with the planner. They trick each other in various ways. They end up fighting in the aisle of the wedding venue.

A View: I continue my search for a comedy which will actually make me laugh and this is not one, but even though it is completely lame, it made money. It was one of Mark Kermode’s worst ten films of 2009. I have chosen to add my own scores to the films I watch, and am marking them out of ten. This one gets a three, only because it is not actually offensive. It is also an ALMOST DON’T SEE.

I am amazed to find that I have watched 60 romantic comedies. Here are a few of those which involve marriage: The Proposal, The Runaway Bride, I Now Pronounced You Chuck and Larry, Four Weddings and a Funeral,  

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