Genius Products // 2005 // 286 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Neal Masri (Retired) // September 28th, 2006
Engaged. Enraged. About to be committed.
Spending more than the majority of American households make in two years on a one-day party celebrating -- themselves -- are the Bridezillas.
Over the course of the eight episodes of Season One, the brides profiled take "high maintenance" to shocking and heretofore unprecedented levels. We follow the wedding plans of about half dozen brides from the earliest planning phases to the wedding itself. If you infer from the show's title that this generally turns out to be a bumpy ride, you're right. Over the course of the journey, no detail is too small to sweat or too insignificant to cause a total freak out.
Bridezillas is yet another entry in the seemingly endless permutations of the now venerable reality show. The show takes a few brides and follows them from wedding preparation right through to their nuptials, editing together two or three brides per episode. Tom Hollander narrates the show with just the right amount of smarmy superiority (he sounds for all the world like the Otho character from Beetlejuice).
We generally meet our ladies in a neutral setting like a restaurant or coffee house. The first impression is invariably one of a nice, successful young woman. However, you just know that each of these pretty, demure brides will be reduced to a screeching harridan before long. You never know what will set them off. It could be an incorrect music selection by a hapless DJ, a wrinkle in the wedding dress, or a missing flower deliveryman.
The whole thing is just depressing. Obviously, this can't be a truly candid look at these ladies as they have a cameraman, sound guy, and probably a producer following them around. This leads me to one of two conclusions, either the girls think this is what we want to see or they are really this clueless. Neither answer is very heartening to me. I'm also sure that neither answer is very encouraging to the future husbands.
A note here about the grooms: These poor bastards don't have a chance. They get steamrolled just as badly as the hapless wedding planners, limo drivers, and videographers who are also victims on this show. While we as viewers are done with these women as soon as the wedding footage rolls, these dudes are in for a lifetime of grief. My suggestion for a follow-up series: Divorcezillas.
The image quality on the DVDs is pretty good for a reality show. Since most of the source material is from handheld cameras in less than ideal lighting conditions, there are a few issues inherent in that environment. Sound is passable with all of the crying, screaming, and complaining coming through loud and clear.
The only extra provided is a frightening piece entitled Real Brides Cake Dive Event. In this little gem, twenty brides in full bridal regalia attack a giant wedding cake in Times Square. Hidden in the cake is a $50,000 prize. There's plenty of pushing and shoving by the brides, covering themselves in cake as they grovel for the cash. The piece is thankfully only two minutes long.
There is a disturbingly misogynistic undertone to this show. I am well aware that men can be just as demanding and diva-like in their behavior as women. The way this show revels in the petty demands and preposterous meltdowns of these women is a tad unseemly. I think that there is an obvious dislike for women lurking just under this show's seemingly frivolous exterior. The fact that the show airs on WE (a network aimed at a female audience) means, ironically enough, that it is women who are getting this message.
This is perfect viewing for folks who can't help but slow down and stare at a car wreck. If you enjoy seeing unlikable, rude, and bossy people at their very worst, Bridezillas is for you. Personally, I fail to see the entertainment value.
Guilty. That's a few hours of my life that I'll never get back.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Genius Products
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 286 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bridezillas: Season Three Sneak Peek
* Footage From the Real Brides Cake Dive Event
* Official Site