Bride Wars

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Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson star in this abysmal romantic comedy directed by Gary Winick, the plot?

According to IMDB: “Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day.”

The film, which was released on January 8th 2009 and had a budget of $30 million and which shockingly grossed $115,049,554 dollars worldwide.

In a genre which has gained such negative reviews since the noughties, it is a shame to see a genre so poorly treated. It is a sad moment when you see Hathaway and Hudson competing in a dance off at a strip club, to Tambourine by Eve. Or seeing Hathaway spray tanned bright orange, or Hudson’s blonde hair turned blue.

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Hathaway and Hudson give poor performances, barely believable and hardly likeable. Whereas Chris Pratt and Steve Howey play the respective fiancée’s as best as they can.

Hollywood churns out so many movies a year, some good, most brilliant, with a few precious gems and of course, those that ultimately fail. It is sad to wonder what film was discarded in order for this distinctly average film to be released all those years ago.

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Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

Celeste and Jesse Forever

This 2012 film co-written and starring Rashida Jones (‘The American Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation’) is a musing on what happens when long term relationships come to an end. Jones plays Celeste, a likeable but controlling trend-forecaster, whose career has taken off with her first book “Shitegeist”. She’s divorced from Jesse, acted by Andy Samberg (‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘I Love you Man’) but they live their lives as a married couple, and a happily married one at that.

Through the film we see how Celeste deals, or in her case doesn’t deal with Jesse’s involvement with a girl she rather bitterly describes as a younger version of herself. There are some nicely comedic moments in this, as you might expect from two actors who are better known for their comedy roles, however Jones is at her best in her less than happy scenes, her speech at her best friend’s wedding is particularly poignant.

However, the film isn’t without its flaws, the storyline doesn’t seem to know where it wants to go at points, is this a comedy or a drama? It’s also hard to believe that Celeste and Jesse’s new romantic interests seemingly aren’t concerned with the time they spend together; apparently some people are happy to wait in the background while their partners are with their exes.

Overall this is a grown up take on the romantic comedy, asking what happens when you find yourself single at an age when it seems as though everyone else has settled down and doesn’t take the easy option when it comes to the film’s ending.

Anna Parker