27 Dresses (Full Screen Edition)
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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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Decent acting here, however no one is really called to do anything grandiose.
This is one of the few romantic comedy movies I actually like. There aren't many that I can say are well done but this one is even right down to the ending credits is enjoyable how they crafted it. I thought the chemistry between actors was good and I thought the plot was interesting. I will add though this is a romantic comedy, If you have seen one, you may have seen them all.
Jane Nichols (Heigl) was eight when she found her purpose in life - which is being the sensei of averting wedding day disasters. Jane grows up self-effacing and accomodating and very, very responsible. And years later she's still in love with weddings, still can't say no to attending one, can't say no to organizing one. And all those awfully garish bridesmaid dresses she's worn? She keeps them in her closet.
For a long while now Jane has quietly pined for her boss George (Edward Burns), a perfectly perfect outdoorsy entrepreneur type who is also a vegetarian and a Big Brother to a Latino kid. And because you have to put the heroine thru her paces, Jane's gorgeous, spoiled younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) blows into town and instantly bags Jane's boss. So hell hath no mean disposition like a woman having to organize the nuptials of her much mooned-over boss and her younger sister.
As if that's not enough torture, Jane keeps running into Kevin, a cynical newspaper writer who just annoys the living hoolies out of her. Kevin's disdain of all things weddingy immediately antagonizes Jane (to him, weddings are all about "the forced merriment, the horrible music, or the bad food"). But what Jane doesn't know is that Kevin's beat is the matrimonial column and that he's angling to write a piece on her and her serial bridesmaid lifestyle. Thing is, as played by James Marsden, Kevin isn't as slimy and calculating as you'd suppose. Not the least, dude also sings a mean rendition of "Benny and the Jets," even if the words are made-up gobbledy-gook. The ol' Cyclops really surprised me with how well he dives into his romantic leading man role, and with how funny he is. The "Benny and the Jets" bar scene is the best moment in this film.
27 DRESSES has just a bit of that FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL vibe going on, only from a woman's perspective. It's a pretty funny film, even managing to plant a few gentle digs at the wedding industry. And, to come full circle with the title, I dig what Jane does with those 27 dresses, there at the end. Katherine Heigl has a talent for this type of role. She's good enough of an actress - and she endears herself to the audience with that yearning, self-sacrificing thing she does - that you can't help but feel for her (and maybe even squirm with her) as she sadly sees her sister's fling with her boss evolve into something more serious. I think I need to see Katherine Heigl in more romantic comedies.
Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN's Silk Spectre II) is good in her thankless role of the younger self-absorbed sister Tess and Judy Greer again knocks it out the park with her snarky best friend take (she also rocked that role in 13 Going on 30 (Fun & Flirty Edition), which starred Jennifer Garner, another girl not afraid of looking silly. Edward Burns, though, plays such a nice guy here that he ends up a pretty dull and boring dude.
Special Features: three deleted scenes, featuring Jane hailing a cab only to have someone jump into it ahead of her, Jane trying on her bridesmaid dress for Tess's wedding, and Tess accidentally almost sending Gatsby (George's huge pet) to doggy heaven; "The Wedding Party" - the Making Of featurette; "You'll Never Wear That Again" - the costume design featurette; "Jane's World" - the set design featurette; and "The Running of the Brides" focuses on New Jersey's Filene's Basement bargain store and its hectic annually-held one day wedding gown sale.
27 DRESSES is a chick flick, and it's familiar and you see where it's going - but I'm saying that Katherine Heigl is so likeable that you end up forgiving the been there/done that storyline. All the girls I know (all three of 'em) love this movie. If you're a dude, you'll score high points if you pop this in the player on date night. Although, if it's date night, you should probably take her out for lobster or something, instead of staying at home watching movies...
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