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Bride Wars | 2008 | PG | - 4.3.3

Two women (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway), best friends since youth, dream of the day that they will find the men they will marry and of the perfect wedding at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City. When there is a scheduling snafu and their weddings are scheduled on the same day, their plans and their friendship are derailed. Also with Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnston, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey, Chris Pratt and Michael Arden. Directed by Gary Winick. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - At an exotic dance club, a woman is invited on stage, a dancer pulls off his costume (we see him bare-chested and in tight, short boxers), and he dances suggestively behind her and frisks her. A woman wearing short shorts and a low-cut top (thighs and cleavage are seen) dances suggestively on a stage and people in an audience cheer. A woman in a video, wearing shorts and a bikini top, dances on a bar (she appears drunk) while people cheer her on.
 A woman makes a presentation wearing a suit jacket with only a bra underneath (cleavage and bare abdomen are visible). Women wear low-cut dresses in several scenes throughout the movie.
 A woman kisses a man hard. A man and a woman kiss, and she jumps into his arms and wraps her legs around his waist. Two couples kiss. A husband and a wife are shown in bed together (he is asleep).
 A woman ties a man's tie for him and he seems to be attracted to her (it goes unnoticed). A woman is registered at Babies R Us by someone else implying that she is pregnant (she is not).
 Two young girls dance together after having had a pretend wedding ceremony (one dressed in a dress and the other in a tuxedo); one says to the other, "I will dance with you until we have six babies and a house." A man refers to a woman as another man's "hot girlfriend" and another woman agrees.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman tackles another woman, they struggle on the floor and wrestle (no one is injured). Two women wrestle over a small gift box and one screams at the other until she lets go.
 Two women act in a threatening manner toward another woman, one woman chases her through a store while yelling at her and a security guard forcibly ejects the two women.
 Two women argue and one makes a reference to the other being spineless and the other makes a comment about the other having been overweight. A woman yells in frustration. A woman yells when she sees that her hair has been dyed blue. A woman is upset when she realizes that her skin has turned orange during a tanning process.
 A woman is sad, remembering the death of her parents.

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LANGUAGE 3 - A character says "mothereff," 5 sexual references, 1 muffled scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 7 mild obscenities, 1 exclamation (shut-up), 1 religious profanity, 22 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - Several people drink alcohol in a bar scene (including shots of Tequila), people are shown holding champagne-filled glasses and beer bottles at a reception, people are shown drinking alcohol at a wedding shower, people are shown drinking alcohol at an exotic dance club, a woman drinks champagne, a woman drinks champagne from a bottle, and a woman in a video appears drunk.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Weddings, wedding preparation, relationships, friendship, true love, memories, death of parents.
MESSAGE - Life is messy.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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