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Bride Wars

Year: 2009
Production Co: Firm Films
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Gary Winick
Producer: Kate Hudson
Writer: Greg DePaul/Casey Wilson/June Diane Raphael
Cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen
So many actresses who show promise early or on a continuing basis are shepherded into these corporate studio rom-coms. They always offer easy laughs, a love-conquers-all premise (usually involving a wedding), and a neatly packaged resolution for all that's gone comically wrong. Hathaway is certainly better than this, and Hudson started out impressing in Almost Famous.

They play best friends since childhood, both of who's dreams it's been to get married at the same luxury hotel. When an administrative mix-up means their big days are booked on the same day, it's a disaster as they were always going to be each others' bridesmaids.

The matter of who's going to change their date starts off the tiff and it escalates into the titular battle of wills which include some comic sidekicks, all the movie-friendly visual gags like someone having their hair dyed blue and somebody's tanning treatment turning them orange.

It's all so by-the-numbers that it's as if studio hack Winnick knew he had to do something 'different' at the end so as not to make it another boring happily ever after carbon copy (which he manages to in the last scene anyway).

Instead, it looks tacked-on, ill-thought out, and not a part of what's otherwise a very formulaic movie. A handful of laughs is all you'll get. We can only hope Hathaway continues with projects like Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married as much as she drifts away from the system.

And Kate Hudson looked awful, far too made up and perhaps trying to halt the onset of years - like her mother, her kind of appeal only works on a very young woman.

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