Bride Wars

  • Directors: Gary Winick
  • Producers: Kate Hudson, Matt Luber, Alan Riche, Peter Riche, Julie Yorn
  • Writers: Greg DePaul, June Raphael, Casey Wilson, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, Chris Pratt, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey, Kristen Johnston

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) are best friends who have planned every detail of their weddings since childhood. At the top of their bridal “must have” list: a ceremony at New York’s ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. Now, at age 26, they’re both about to get married, they’re about to realize their dreams, and they’re about to live happily ever after. Or maybe not. When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates–they’re now to be married on the same day!–Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test. Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won’t settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled. Now, the two best friends who’d do anything for each other find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out war. The girls both attempt to “sabotage” the other’s wedding, including Liv making Emma’s tan go bright red, and Emma sending Liv a “treat” of chocolate cookies in order to make her fat,so she can’t fit inside her dress, showing up at one’s bachelorette party and dancing suggestively with male strippers, dying one’s hair blue, which ends up ruining their relationship. These shenanigans go on, then when the wedding day comes, Liv earlier gave her assistant a DVD of Emma dancing drunkenly during a Spring Break bash, but gave him the original DVD and told him to change it back, because she was finished with the fighting. He ends up ignoring her request saying, “You’ll thank me one day.” The DVD shows up at Emma’s wedding as she walks down the aisle, making Emma angrily storm into Liv’s wedding and tackle Liv. Liv bursts into tears and apologizes for ruining Emma’s big day. Emma’s boyfriend announces that Emma isn’t the girl he thought he was marrying. Emma then tells him that he is in love with the Emma he met 10 years ago, not the Emma that she is now. She realizes that the guy she was going to marry isn’t the right guy for her, and calls off the wedding. They share a hug as she takes off the ring, and he walks out of the hall. Emma and Liv make up and the wedding is restarted, this time having Emma give away Liv. During the wedding dance after Liv gets married, Emma is asked to dance by Nate (Bryan Greenberg), Liv’s brother, and the two hit it off. As the film ends, Liv and Emma catch up about a year later: Emma is now married to Nate and the past is forgotten. Both ladies announce that they are pregnant, and they learn that both babies are due on the same day. This time instead of arguing, both women rejoice at being parents for the first time.

Miss Congeniality

  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Producers: Bruce Berman
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen

Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent who goes undercover in the fictional Miss United States scholarship program/beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas on the lookout for a terrorist. She, who is not traditionally attractive, is turned into a more attractive woman going by the name of Gracie Lou Freebush, with the same tomboyish habits (eg. snorting while laughing). She is seen overreacting to a gun-toting Texan, wearing a Tyrolean for her talent competition, much to the dismay of her mentor, Victor Melling (Michael Caine) and the director of the competition and former queen, Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen), and using her on-stage talent to demonstrate self-defense techniques.

In the pageant itself, Hart, competing on behalf of the state of New Jersey was tabbed to advance to the top 10, but gets through on talent alone for the rest of the pageant. She was eventually placed as runner up (Cheryl Frasier/Miss Rhode Island won). It is revealed at the end of the movie that Morningside and her son, Frank Morningside (gone under the name Tobin to hide his many crimes) have plotted to sabotage the pageant. They are caught after the title crown (which is rigged with a bomb) detonates at conclusion of the pageant, and Gracie is awarded “Miss Congeniality” (although The Miss Congeniality award is usually given during the pageant itself, a custom in pageants such as Miss USA and Miss Universe) and starts a relationship with her partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt).

Sweet Home Alabama

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: David Brown, Michael Tolkin
  • Writers: Douglas J Eboch, C Jay Cox
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place

The story is a love triangle involving two childhood Alabama sweethearts who married but became estranged, Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) and Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon), and Melanie’s longtime boyfriend Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey).

Melanie is a successful fashion designer. When she becomes engaged to Andrew, the son of the mayor of New York City (Candice Bergen), Melanie announces that she has to go back home alone to Alabama to tell her parents in person. Her private reason is to demand a divorce from Jake. She has not told Andrew that she is still married.

Jake refuses to divorce her until she goes down to the bar and gets really drunk. She begins to spill everyone’s secrets, the more important of them being Bobby Ray’s homosexuality and her pregnancy with Jake that was the cause of their split, which Jake has yet to get over. Jake takes her out of the bar, and refusing to let her drive home in her current state, takes her keys off her, says goodnight to his ‘hot date,’ and drives her home. When she wakes up the next morning, the divorce papers are laying on her bed signed by Jake.

Melanie learns that Jake had once gone to New York City to try to find her, to say sorry and to tell her that he loved her. That night they go to a dance, on her way out she sees the sign saying “dog cemetery.” She goes down to say an emotional goodbye and to apologize to Bear. Jake sees her heading in that direction and slowly makes his way there. Melanie is saying “…I bet you sat there wondering what you had done wrong” and to announce his presence, Jake says “I told him it was my fault.” They proceed to sit down and talk about the baby they lost and have the conversation they should have had years ago had they wanted to stay together for the years in between. Jake gives a blessing for Melanie to have a good life with Andrew, but Melanie says she can’t do it and they kiss. For a moment Jake goes along with it, but he appreciates that they aren’t married anymore and he pushes her away and tells her to go home.

As the credits roll, the audience can see pictures of after the wedding. They see that Melanie and Jake have a little girl, they have opened a shop in a city and are living quite happily together.

Sex and the City

  • Directors: Michael Patrick King
  • Producers: Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star
  • Writers: Michael Patrick King
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Jennifer Hudson, Candice Bergen

Set three years after the events of the series finale, the film begins with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) viewing apartments with the intention of moving in together. Carrie falls in love with a penthouse suite far from their price range, which Big immediately agrees to pay for. However, Carrie experiences doubts over the sensibility of this arrangement, explaining that they are not married, and as such she would have no legal rights to their home in the event of a separation. She offers to sell her own apartment, and quelling her fears, Big suggests that they get married.

Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is finding balancing her home, work, and social life ever more difficult, and confesses to the girls that she hasn’t had sex with Steve (David Eigenberg) in six months. She is devastated when Steve reveals he has slept with another woman, and immediately separates from him. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is living with Smith (Jason Lewis), who has a successful television career. They live in a seaside luxury apartment in Malibu Los Angeles, where Samantha is finding it difficult to take time for herself. She is traveling frequently between L.A. and New York, and grappling with her persistent desire for sex with other men; her handsome and sexually active next-door-neighbor, Dante (Gilles Marini), in particular. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is happy in her marriage to Harry (Evan Handler), with their adopted daughter, Lily (Alexandra and Parker Fong).

One hour before the locks are due to be changed on their shared penthouse apartment, Carrie travels to the home Big had bought for them to collect a pair of mint condition blue Manolo Blahnik shoes she had left there. She finds Big in the walk-in closet he had built for her, and the moment she sees him, her anger at his betrayal dissipates. She runs into his arms and they share a passionate kiss. After spending the final hour in their apartment together, talking and apologizing to one another, Big proposes to Carrie properly, using one of her diamond-encrusted shoes in place of a ring. They later marry alone, in a simple wedding in New York City Hall, with Carrie dressed in the original dress she had bought in a vintage shop and the blue Manolos. They hold a get-together at a local diner with their friends. The film ends with the four women around a table in a restaurant, sipping cosmopolitans, and celebrating Samantha’s fiftieth birthday, with Carrie making a toast to the next fifty.