Movie Ratings, Family Movie Reviews & More!

Bride Wars


Latest Home Video

Apr 28, 2009

MPAA Rating:


Run Time:



Kate Hudson

Anne Hathaway

Candice Bergen.


2009 Fox 2000 Pictures

Official Website >>

Still shot from the movie: Bride Wars.

Read Review

Reviewed by

Overall C+
Run Time89

Making the Grades

If wedding plans are in your future, you might want to avoid this film—unless you want a lesson on how not to prepare for the big day. Either way, leave the fiancé at home. This movie may be enough to scare him off of ever walking down the aisle.

Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have been planning their nuptials since they were six-years-old and visited the grand Plaza Hotel with their mothers. On that day, over tea, they both decided this fairytale location is where they wanted to be married.

Now adults, Liv is an aggressive associate in a law firm and Emma is a mild-mannered middle school teacher who always ends up with extra assignments since she can never say no. As fate would have it, both women end up engaged within days of one another. The first order of business is to secure the services of the city’s most renowned wedding planner, Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen).

Marion orchestrates weddings with the same military precision as a Napoleonic invasion. Nevertheless, a clueless aide mistakenly books both weddings on the same day. Years of friendship and loyalty are suddenly for naught as the brides-to-be begin battling for DJs, cake ideas and wedding guests. The two long-time pals don’t stop there either. They also sabotage one another’s beauty routines and party plans in downright nasty ways. Soon the warfare begins to affect the grooms (Chris Pratt, Steve Howey) who hardly get enough screen time to even be considered as eye candy. With the important day drawing nearer, tensions come to a head.

Granted, a girl’s wedding is big deal. Yet this film does nothing to dispel the concept of the malicious “bridezilla”. Both fiancées are so consumed with creating the perfect day that they lose all perspective on life. Luckily, their wider circle of friends refuses to take sides in the skirmishes, though they give in to the clichéd female comforts—ice cream, pill popping, etc.—to deal with the disappointment of still being single.

For women who can’t afford a Vera Wang gown or an extravagant reception at an expensive hotel, these battling brides are anything but role models. And unfortunately for many of the newly hitched in this film, marriage comes across as little more than a prerequisite for divorce proceedings.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Bride Wars.

What do Liv and Emma learn about themselves during their engagements? What do their fiancés discover about their future wives?

Why is it easy to let expectations run wild during important events? What do the women discover about the value of friendship?

Canadian Movie Ratings

G Coarse Language.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

Watch @ Home

Details on home video releases of Bride Wars...

Release Date: 28 April 2009

Bride Wars walks down the isle on DVD dressed with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital Surround (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. The following extras are also in tow:

- Theatrical Trailers

- 3 Deleted Scenes (including an alternate opening)

- Featurette: The Perfect White Dress

Bride Wars on Blu-ray comes with a much bigger bridal party. This 3-disc set is presented in widescreen with audio tracks in DTS Surround 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Additional materials include:


- Bonus Footage: 2 Improvisations (Amanda’s Wedding Speech and Liv at Tanhattan)

- 7 Deleted Scenes (including an alternate opening)

- Featurette: Something Old, Something New and What That’s Gonna Cost You, Meet Me at the Plaza, The Perfect White Dress, In Character with Kate Hudson, In Character with Anne Hathaway, Man Den, Maid of Honor and Amanda-Cam.

- Disc 2: Digital Copy of the movie.

- Disc 3: the Bride Wars DVD

Add Your Comments

Commenting is restricted to members only.
Please log in below or, if you're not yet a member, please register.

Forgot password? | register

Please note: So we can maintain a website with content appropriate for all ages, we moderate all comments and will edit profanities, slanderous remarks and other inappropriate language. For these reasons, your comments will not appear immediately.

There are currently no comments on this review. Be sure to add yours with the form below.

You May Be Interested...

Also On The Web