‘Bride Wars’ too out of touch for audience to care

Do not be mistaken. Although
brides are involved, “Bride Wars”
is not a romantic comedy. It is
meant to be a comedy of errors,
but whether or not it succeeds is
up for debate.
Best friends Liv (Kate Hudson,
“Fool’s Gold”) and Emma (Anne
Hathaway, “Get Smart”) have
dreamed of their perfect wedding
day since they were very young,
but due to a scheduling mishap,
their weddings are booked for the
same prestigious location on the
same day. This is their biggest
problem and frankly, this is also
the biggest fl aw of the film.
God forbid that two best friends
who do everything together should
have a double wedding. That
would resolve the conflict of the
entire film in fifteen minutes and
viewers would be mercifully let
off the hook in a much shorter
period of time.
Instead, these two gals quickly
become bitter rivals who descend
into the selfish and petty behavior
of the worst Bridezillas on the
planet. Yet somehow the writers,
who made the main characters
more than just comedic fall guys,
miraculously save the film from
being truly insipid. They turned
these shallow people who call
each other friends into real threedimensional
characters with issues
that need to get worked out.
Of course, this might also have
had something to do with the acting
talents of Hudson and Hathaway.
Hudson displayed rage at blue hair
as believably as she did her sorrow
over her lost friendship, while
Hathaway excelled at portraying
emotional confusion as well as a
sexy streak that she’s never shown
on screen before. Both ruled the
film and stole the show, despite
the comedic skills of others in the
film like Candice Bergen (“The
Women”) and Kristen Johnston
(“Music and Lyrics”). They made
these women feel real and the
audience was made to sympathize
with their emotional meltdowns.
Yet again, however, the credit for
this coup should also go to director
Gary Winick (“13 Going on 30”)
who succeeds in piecing together
an interesting film that has a lot to
say about the friendship of these
two women. His most interesting
visual choice, for instance, are the
montages sprinkled throughout
the film that have the clever
appearance of wedding photos.
Yet all these pluses cannot
overcome the lack of laughs that
should be found in this comedy.
Unfortunately, most of the funny
moments are given away in the
previews, but ultimately, it’s just
hard to find the humor behind such
vile behavior. Not to mention it’s
hard to relate to these supposedly
modern females who are obsessed
from their cloying childhood
introduction with weddings. Who
can possibly identify with these
people?
And this is the greatest problem
with the film as a whole. After
all, if the audience can’t connect
with the characters or the plot,
how are they supposed to find the
humor in the film? And, as the end
obviously sets up another round of
vicious competition between the
two females, why on earth would
anyone want to see a sequel?