Friday, January 23, 2009


Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnson, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt

"Even best friends can't share the same wedding date"

Cinema 8, SM Megamall

Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are best friends. It turns out they both get engaged roughly the same time although under different circumstances. They consult The ultimate wedding planner, Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen) to help them with their respective weddings. One specific request: they want to get married at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Dates are booked, friends are happy. A few hours later, their wedding dates are now on the same day due to some glitch. Quel horror! But neither of them are willing to compromise and give way so they turn into bridezillas out to ruin each other's wedding. Nice, huh? How's that for friendship?

But this is a light comedy with two of the finest comedic actresses in the lead roles so it somehow works for the most part. It has some funny ha ha moments, wedding planning sequences with the thinly disguised underlying theme of lasting bond of friendship gearing its pretty head, eventually. The story is actually told from the perspective of the wedding planner who narrates it through a voice over. I think that casting virtual unknowns in the roles of the soon to be grooms was to give the two leading actresses more focus and more exposure. After all, it is a movie about brides. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson as the brides to be have good chemistry together and their acting seemed effortless.

The little 'twist' towards the end was a good plot development. Marriage is for life so you should only marry someone who makes you happy even if you suddenly change for the better (like developing more personality) and won't bail out on you if you happen to exhibit a side of you, he never thought existed. Men!

But in the end, it is this quote uttered by Marion St. Claire (the wedding planner) that truly strikes a cord with me and tugged at my heart strings:
"Sometimes in life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken. Sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what; maybe you'll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding, but there is also the chance that the one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you, sometimes better than you know yourself, is the same person who's been standing beside you all along."
It made me think of my special bond with my sister who continues to be a guiding force in my life even if I am now happily married to a guy who brings out the best (and the worse, sometimes!) in me.

2 popcorn buckets:

Em Dy said...

That quote spoke out to me too especially since I watched the movie with my sister. We both enjoyed the movie.

D@phn3 L@ur@ said...

I watched it with my mother. My sister is always super duper busy to take some time off to watch films (with me) at the cinemas.


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