It was a long and busy week at work, full of lots of culminating projects and a sprinkle of stress. So, lo and behold, one can imagine my excitement when I finally logged into my Netflix account on Thursday to see that by Saturday, one of the most anticipated movies of 2009 would be arriving in my mailbox. Yes, Netflix was sending me Bride Wars.
Bride Wars, an inspiring tale of female strength, endurance and fortitude, about two intelligent women shone in the best possible light to tell all the little girls in the world that you don't have to grow up to be crazy bitches, is amazing. Its smart screenplay, Oscar-winning acting and moving tale of sacrifice and reconciliation is unprecedented in movies today. If you take Schindler's List and remove the Nazis, the genocide, the girl in the red dress, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Steven Spielberg, you'll get Bride Wars.
In other words, Bride Wars is a pathetic, embarrassing attempt at a comedy that features recent Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway and perennial C-grade romantic comedy star Kate Hudson squaring off as each tries to destroy the others' wedding, because they're both booked for the same day at the same venue - despite being best friends.
The movie isn't as brain numbing as the previews would suggest, but it comes pretty close. The highlight of the film is that it shows the men - the poor soon-to-be-husbands who sit on the sidelines unsure whether to be entertained or horrified by their significant others' behavior - to be the calm, rational and intelligent ones, and reveals women to be caddy, obsessive, irrational and downright evil. It's a movie made entirely for women, yet it's one of the most sexist movies ever made. Go Hollywood!
Even ignoring the underlying message that Bride Wars delivers, there isn't much to appreciate. The movie isn't funny in the slightest, the romantic element is all but nonexistent, and the story so over the top that it's impossible to relate. Even though one man and two women are credited with writing a screenplay, it's clear that Greg DePaul, who is the sole writer credited with coming up with the story, ruled the day, cackling all the way to the bank while calling his buddies to tell him that he tricked a studio to make a chick flick that makes fun of chicks. The female screenwriters must have been too busy trying to sabotage one another.
Bride Wars is a waste of time, and Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway have to be embarrassed by the final product.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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