Bride Wars (2009) Film Review


Wow, finally a bridal film that kicks a whole lot of goals for feminism. No wait, it does the absolute opposite, suggesting that being a high-powered lawyer or a teacher is not good enough. You have to get married and spend an insane amount getting married, and everything must be perfect, except, perhaps, the way you feel about your spouse or the way you treat everyone around you. So, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have a shared dream of the perfect June wedding at the Plaza Hotel. But when both get engaged within a day of each other and there is a mess-up on dates, leaving only one date available, they turn into Bridezillas and things get messy. But surprise surprise, neither is really happy and they miss each other.

Yawn. Despite a top cast, it is just awful. I really like Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, and then there was Kristen Johnston, Chris Pratt and even the wonderful Candice Bergen. Why was I thinking it would be any good? Just quietly, I didn’t. But I vaguely hoped that I would be wrong.

Miss Congeniality (2000) Film Review


Ah, 2000. Back to the days when there could be a hilarious comedy about a bomb at the most patriotic of events, the Miss United States pageant. And that when everything seemed mostly wrapped up, the FBI could move out, ignoring any continuing threat. I wonder how a film like this would work post 9/11?

Sandra Bullock is at her comic best playing Gracie Hart, an extremely unfeminine FBI agent with no manners and no grace at all. But when a mysterious terrorist called The Citizen seems to be targeting a beauty pageant, the FBI need an agent on the ground. With the assistance of pageant expert Victor Melling (Michael Caine), Gracie gains some Grace and the hearts not only of the nation, but also of fellow FBI agent Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt). Oops, may have been a bit of a spoiler, but it’s thirteen years old. Surely a spoiler at this stage is reasonable – unlike all of those people who live Facebook-statused Offspring two weeks ago and did a spoiler alert after only minutes. Booo.

Miss Congeniality is a great film. Funny, a top cast and a ridiculous plot. Yes, there is a bit of political incorrectness, and there are certainly flaws, but generally it is a very enjoyable experience. Plus Candice Bergen is in it. And William Shatner. Love it – two reviews in a row with William Shatner. Lovely.