Opens Jan. 9, 2009. Run time: 1 hr. 30 min.
|for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior|
Liv and Emma are best friends who since childhood have planned every detail of their respective weddings. At the top of their bridal "must have" list: a ceremony at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. Now, at age 26, they're both about to get married; they're about to realize their dreams; and they're about to live happily ever after. Or maybe not..
. When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates--they're now to be married on the same date!--Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test. Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won't settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled. Now, the two best friends who'd do anything for each other, find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out war.
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An amusing premise falls flat as this unfunny war turns ugly and silly. Story Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are lifelong best friends obsessed with getting married -- and more importantly, having the perfect wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel. Except there's a glitch: Their June weddings get scheduled for the same Saturday and no other date is available for three years! When neither agrees to move to a different venue, the battle is on. And the pranks: There's Emma's disastrous trip to a tanning salon where her skin becomes solid orange and Liv's appointment at a beauty salon where her blonde locks are turned mysteriously blue. Acting Adding this to her recent list of dumb comedies like My Best Friend's Girl and Fool's Gold, Hudson is in need of a serious career intervention.
Her character here, a supposedly smart lawyer who will sink to ANY depths to get married and have a dream wedding just doesn't mesh. It's SO 50 years ago that feminists watching these two engage in a knock-down drag-out fight over a hotel ballroom will recoil in horror. And after all that acclaim for Rachel Getting Married, Hathaway should just find a place to hide – though, to be fair, in one or two scenes she does manage to find a shred of believability. Too bad it's not nearly enough. Direction Although it starts out with a bit of promise, director Gary Winick clearly just sat back as the proceedings spun out of control with one ridiculous scene after another.
Of course, he isn't given much help by Greg DePaul, CaseyWilson and June Diane Raphael's waaaaaaay over-the-top screenplay which reduces these two apparent friends into babbling morons. Those interested in witnessing two women demean themselves for 90 minutes should have a lot of fun. Bottom Line Hollywood.com rated this film 2 stars.-Pete Hammond.
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