Bride Wars parents guide

Bride Wars Parent Review

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.

Overall C+

Ever since they were children, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have dreamed of the perfect wedding. Becoming engaged at the same time, the two of them hire the same wedding planner (Candice Bergen) and begin the elaborate preparations. But after an accidental double-booking means one of the prospective brides will have to change her date or venue, the love between the fair friends changes to all out war.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use C+

Bride Wars is rated PG for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior.

Movie Review

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.

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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.

Starring Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen.. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release January 9, 2009. Updated

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Bride Wars Parents Guide

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?