Are you laughing yet?

With the serious lack of funny in Bride Wars, surely there would be some serious romance to make up for it, right? Wrong again. The grooms, played by relatively unknown television actors Bryan Greenberg and Chris Pratt, really don’t really figure much into the story, which is odd considering the movie is about weddings. But who needs a groom when you have The Plaza to think about?

And therein lies the flick’s greatest flaw. Instead of realizing the real thing of importance here—the actual marriages—Bride Wars could’ve been a smart satirical commentary on the sheer outrageousness and stress of many modern-day weddings. But instead, it’s merely an exercise in Bridezilla futility that fails to even entertain—not exactly anyone’s warm and fuzzy, go-to romantic comedy of choice.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking and public drunkenness.
  • Language/Profanity:  The Lord’s name is taken in vain on several occasions, plus a couple of additional profanities.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Both Emma and Liv live with their boyfriends-turned-fiancés, but nothing aside from kissing is ever shown. Liv crashes Emma’s bachelorette party that includes Chippendales-type dancers.
  • Violence:  There’s plenty of mean-spirited shenanigans between Emma and Liv, but it’s intended to be comedic in nature.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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