Film: Bride Wars

Two best friends, one wedding date. No mercy.

"Hideously commercial – gloriously so."

Bride Wars is a 2009 film starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. It's about two best friends, Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway) who had a lifelong dream of having a wedding in June at the Plaza Hotel. However, because of a clerical error by their wedding planner, they ended up having the exact same day. Now, they are in the fight for their right to have their dream wedding and their friendship is put up to the test. Probably now best known for Mark Kermode's declaration that he would quit his job if it didn't end up in the ten worst films of the year, since if there were ten worse movies, there would be no point to movie critics anymore.

Don't confuse it with Wedding Wars.


This film provides examples of:

  • Bouquet Toss: Emma and Liv jumped up to catch the bouquet. They caught it at the same time.
  • Bridezilla: There are two of them.
  • Broken Aesop: The movie has a Friends Forever message that is ruined by the way the two friends attack each other.
  • Conflict Ball: The boyfriends even point out how the girls fighting over this is out of character for them.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Inverted. Emma breaks up with Fletcher.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Fletcher.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Read the What Could Have Been section below. Now look again at the scene where the two roll around trying to fight with each other, only to stop afterwards, breathing heavily in exhaustion.
  • Here We Go Again: Subverted. The two brides get pregnant, and find that they're due on the same day. Both, however, get excited.
  • It's All About Me: The general attitude of the two brides about their wedding day. Let's just forget about those pesky grooms.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Emma and Nate.
  • My Hair Came Out Blue (Invoked): Emma sabotaging Liv's hair dye.
  • Nominal Hero: Both the leads.
  • Only Sane Man: Fletcher, Emma's fiancé who points out that she's acting immature over an easily resolvable conflict. He gets dumped for his troubles.
  • Pimped-Out Dress / Fairytale Wedding Dress: You need a Vera Wang wedding dress and you can't alter it. You must alter your body.
  • Satellite Love Interest: The two male grooms are barely noticeable throughout the film and are more plot vehicles than characters. At no point do they issue a strong word to their future wives to stop acting like maniacs. Fletcher does call Emma out on her behavior at one point, and gets dumped for his trouble.
  • Third Act Selfishness:
    • This could all have been avoided if they'd agreed to a double wedding.
    • There's also a scene where Liv remembers she switched the tape, and gives the real one back. She sends her assistant to deliver the real one... who hides it instead, saying "you'll thank me later." Well, no, she won't. He didn't know it was the real tape; he thought it would be a harmful one.
  • Undercrank: The dance scene set to "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fletcher gives this to his fiancee. It doesn't end well for him.