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Bride Wars Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Oh dang, my hair looks bad. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    24

    out of 100

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Never gets off its high-concept stool long enough to explore what makes weddings so exciting and nerve-racking and treacherous. It flounders instead in juvenilia and bitchiness.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Bride Wars is about as funny as a cringingly awkward wedding toast.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    No cues are needed to understand the plot, which feels computer-generated and barely serves to sustain an hour and a half running time.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bride Wars pretends to be a satire of wedding mania, but since there's virtually nothing else to the movie, the satire comes depressingly close to endorsement.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Wedding comedy amuses but has inconsistent messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy, while mildly amusing and generally age-appropriate for older tweens (who are sure to want to see it), plays up stereotypes about women with its emphasis on shopping, consumerism, and conflict between friends. The main characters are fairly two dimensional, and they seem much more caught up in having the perfect wedding than in having a strong marriage. That said, the language is mild ("ass" and the like), and the sexuality is on the milder side (kisses, a brief glimpse at a bra and panties as a character changes) -- though a bachelorette party scene includes shirtless male strippers. There is a notable amount of drinking (tequila shots, especially), and prominently featured brands include the Plaza Hotel, Apple, Tiffany, and Vera Wang.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays its two main characters -- why do they make their weddings into such a big deal? Why can't they just have two separate ceremonies in different places?
  • What did trying to have a dream wedding cost Emma and Liv --emotionally and financially? Is it a good message to send girls thateveryone "deserves" a fancy wedding at the Plaza? Why are weddings sucha big deal in general?
  • What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage?
  • Parents, talk with your tweens about what a wedding really signifies --and what happens after the big day. The bachelorette party scene mightalso prompt a discussion about stripping. What's the appeal? Why doesit play such a prominent role in movies/TV shows about bachelor andbachelorette parties?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Best friends seem more interested in their wedding days than in their actual marriages, and they let wedding planning get in the way of their friendship.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main characters are fairly two-dimensional and definitely play up gender stereotypes related to shopping and consumerism.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A quick pushing and shoving fight between the two brides.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple of scenes of the actresses in hot pants or bras. Several kisses between the engaged couples, who live together and are seen sleeping/cuddling in bed. Male strippers (all shirtless) are shown in the bachelorette party scene.

  • language false2

    Language: "Mother Eff" (not the whole word, just "Eff"), plus some insults like "jerk," "ass," etc.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Brands featured include Apple (several Macs and iPods), Tiffany, Vera Wang, The Knot magazine, Bloomingdale's, and Dolce & Gabbana. It's also practically a commercial for The Plaza Hotel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink alcohol at various wedding receptions, and the brides-to-be and their friends get drunk on tequila shots at their bachelorette party. One character seems to be tipsy most of the time.

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