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Film / Bride Wars

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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 film critic 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 movies worse than this, he'd have no desire to stay in the industry. The first (and so far only) movie to come from Hudson's Birdie Productions.

It would receive a Chinese remake in 2015.

Don't confuse it with Wedding Wars.


This film provides examples of:

  • Back-to-Back Poster: The film poster has protagonists and best friends Liv and Emma posed back-to-back on the cover, looking sweet in their wedding dresses. The film is about how their friendship is nearly ruined by the fact that they have the same wedding day.
  • Big Eater: Liv, to the point of eating an entire box of chocolates (thinking they're from her fiancé), taste-testing various cakes and brownies and eating sticks of butter from different countries. Emma exploits this just so she could unexpectedly gain weight so she wouldn't fit into her wedding dress.
  • Bouquet Toss: Emma and Liv jumped up to catch the bouquet. They caught it at the same time.
  • Bridezilla: There are two of them. Emma and Liv are convinced that nothing is more important than their wedding and they start competing to upstage one another.
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  • 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.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Read the What Could Have Been entry in the Trivia section. 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.
  • Friendship-Straining Competition: When Liv and Emma are accidentally scheduled to have their weddings on the same day, time, and place, they both expect the other to back down and change their date. When nobody does, things slowly escalate into complete hostility as the girls play nasty pranks on each other to ensure their wedding day is superior.
  • 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.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: the movie starts with the two leads as young girls having a pretend wedding in the attic.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: Blue colour. Invoked as Emma sabotages Liv's hair dye while Liv is at the hairdresser's.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If only the groomsman had just given Emma the right tape, if only Liv had told him that she meant the tape as an apology...
  • 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.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Liv and Emma's attempt at bashing each other's weddings ends with Emma messing up her words.
  • Third Act Stupidity: Stupidity and Selfishness. Forst, this could all have been avoided if they'd agreed at the beginning of the movie to have a double wedding. Makes sense that they have lots of common friends, but it is also fair to say any bride wants to be in the centre. There's 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: Both the leads.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fletcher gives this to his fiancée. It doesn't end well for him.


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