From the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada, 27 DRESSES centers on Jane (Heigl), an idealistic, romantic and completely selfless woman -- a perennial bridal attendant whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Janes boss -- with whom she is secretly in love -- Jane begins to reexamine her always-a-bridesmaid... lifestyle. Jane has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself. Her entire life has been about making people happy and she has a closet full of 27 bridesmaid dresses to prove it. One memorable evening, Jane manages to shuttle between wedding receptions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, a feat witnessed by Kevin (James Marsden), a newspaper reporter who realizes that a story about this wedding junkie is his ticket off the newspapers bridal beat. Jane finds Kevins cynicism counter to everything she holds dear namely weddings, and the two lock horns. Further complicating Janes once perfectly-ordered life is the arrival of younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman). Tess immediately captures the heart of Janes boss, George (Edward Burns). Tess enlists her always-accommodating sister to plan yet another wedding Tess and Georges but Janes feelings for him lead to shocking revelationsand maybe the beginning of a new life.
Katherine Heigl is delightful as Jane, a self-effacing Gal Friday so addicted to organizing weddings in her off time, that 27 Dresses
opens with her character juggling two nuptials on the same night. A perpetual bridesmaid, Janes hobby is discovered by a matrimony reporter named Kevin (James Marsden), who hides a romantic side behind his wall of cynicism. While Kevin gradually develops feelings for Jane, the latters superficial sister, Tess (Malin Akerman), pursues George (Edward Burns), Janes boss and the object of her love. This romantic circle could go on forever, except that Jane is unexpectedly moved by Kevin despite her general irritation with him and without knowing that hes on the verge of sandbagging her with a ridiculing article in his newspaper. The situation is absurd, but the emotions are not. Heigl is very good, rooted in a long tradition of comely comediennes playing characters who fly under the radar of life. She makes Janes pain palpable and conveys her characters inability to say no without making her look unappealing or weak. Marsden perfectly captures the part of a rumpled, underdressed writer with repressed passions, Akerman is as convincingly shrewish here as she was in The Heartbreak Kid
, and Burns is fine as one of those guys so busy saving the world he barely pays attention to the people in his life. The script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada
) is fun if predictable, and Anne Fletchers direction is vibrant. --Tom Keogh
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