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Bride Wars

What Price Happily Ever After?

Once upon a time there were two little girls who went to the Plaza Hotel and fell in love with a dream wedding. These two girls grew up together. One (Kate Hudson) became a tiger lawyer, the ultimate killer negotiator. The other (Anne Hathaway) became a people-pleasing school teacher.

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They lived in New York. They shared friends, their boyfriends were buddies. And then one day the girls found a Tiffany's ring box, and they knew.

Before the proposal had even passed through the fiance-to-be's lips they were celebrating the coming nuptials. Within days they were both engaged to their respective men and on their way to Marion St Claire (Candice Bergen), the premier Manhattan wedding co-ordinator. They got their magic wedding dates -- June at the Plaza, and headed off in a glorious haze of shopping and registering. Until the ultimate disaster struck. The premier co-ordinator's secretary messed up the bookings and they were both set to be married at the plaza in three months time -- on June 6.

Can friendship survive?

The thing about the one we love is that we have the greatest insight into their nature. We know how to hurt them deepest, and when your best friend becomes your arch-rival the heart-blood will flow like free champagne.

With no mutual friends willing to act as seconds the lawyer takes an assistant and the teacher takes one of the most self-absorbed women in the world (Kristen Johnston).

Unlike My Best Friend's Wedding, these weddings, organised in the remarkable period of three months, are attack and counter-attack. While the grooms fade into the background and friends duck for cover, the two brides battle it out.

The wedding dream is a money-spinner, so many girls (and women) are so bedazzled by The Big Day that marriage becomes a secondary consideration. Certainly here there is no voice of reason or moderation.

Bride Wars is not a romp, nor a side-splitting comedy. It moves along at a fair clip, the brides and their seconds throw their hearts into their performances, and the story is tied up nicely in the end.

If you are in the mood for light, this could be for you. Don't expect an epiphany. You know love conquers all, right?

Add your own view this film by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release January 15, 2009
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See also: Kate Hudson also appears in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Anne Hathaway also appears in The Devil Wears Prada
Candice Bergen also appears in Miss Congeniality
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Title: Bride Wars (2001)
Written by: Greg DePaul (story, screenplay); Casey Wilson (scr); June Diane Raphael(scr)
Directed by: Gary Winick
Edited by: Susan Littenberg
Director of Photography: Frederick Elmes
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The Players: Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Candace Bergen, Kristen Johnson
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