- Audience-Alienating Premise: A story about two unlikable characters being unlikable to each other because their weddings were booked on the same day. Who is this meant to appeal to exactly?
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy / Eight Deadly Words: A big reason why the movie was panned is because of how unlikable and petty the two lead characters are and how the story is just about them both being vindictive to one another all because both of their weddings were booked on the same day, which itself is an incredibly ridiculous reason for somebody to turn against another.
- Designated Hero: The two leads are incredibly, terribly unlikable and treat each other like shit. Yet they're both treated as the heroes.
- Idiot Plot: Wouldn't getting married at the same time be a good thing in the whole fairy tale narrative these two want for their weddings? Plus, one of them being a lawyer should mean this company would be getting the crap sued out of it for the accidental double booking.
- Les Yay: Between the two leads, to the extent that they look more like they should be marrying each other instead of their respective generic men.From the trailer: "Of course every wedding has a story, but the one I'm thinking about isn't about a bride and a groom. It's about a bride and a bride.
- The childhood opening shows Liv and Emma dressed as the bride and the groom in renacting a wedding.
- Retroactive Recognition: Chris Pratt is Fletcher.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Fletcher. He's the only sane man in this universe and calls out Emma and Liv on their obnoxious behavior. However the audience is supposed to dislike him and see him as controlling because he has the nerve to tell Emma what she is doing is wrong. Unlike Liv's fiancé, Daniel, who just smiles and agrees with everything she does. In the end, Fletcher's sin of being assertive gets him dumped in favor of Liv's brother Nate.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Liv is a whiny Control Freak, Emma goes from a doormat to an asshole... the audience is supposed to sympathize with them, WHY?
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Mark Kermode and Film Brain found Kate Hudson as a high-powered lawyer laughably uncovincing.
YMMV / Bride Wars