Mr. Movie

'Bride Wars' simply bores

They’re life long best friends. Both have the same dream of marrying at the swank New York Plaza Hotel and living happily ever after.

One -- Kate Hudson’s Liv -- is a pushy, always-on-top-of-everything lawyer. The other is Emma, a sweet schoolteacher with an invisible “kick and take advantage of me” sticker on her forehead.

They get engaged at the same time and originally set their weddings on different days in June. The wedding planner screws up and instead of different days they have to get married the same day. Each wants the other as bride’s maid and each wants to be the center of attention that day.

Neither is willing to give up their wedding. One slight and insult leads to another and pretty soon the two beautiful babe brides to be are slugging it out via the practical jokes route. First Liv takes a shot then Emma counters. Back and forth it goes but none of the gimmicky scenes are particularly funny. The bits make a fortunately short -- somewhere in the neighborhood of 90 minutes -- story seem longer than needed. You’d think friends that close would do a double wedding -- but then you wouldn’t have an hour-and-a-half cash cow, would you?

On the way out of the screening, a guy told the studio rep that Bride Wars was made for 52% of the population. I agree, the film is not aimed at me. But I have trouble believing that just because it’s a chick flick and about weddings that women are going to buy into this one. By the way, women expecting ooey, gooey romance are going to be disappointed. This is pure, predictable cookie-cutter crap.

Hudson and Hathaway are competent comediennes. Both are easy to like and easy to watch if they have good material. Plain and simple, this is a paycheck and a waste of their time, your time and mine.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Jan. 9 at the Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild 12 Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.