Sunday, January 26, 2014

27 Dresses (2008) [PG-13] ***+

Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) is always a bridesmaid, never a bride and she has the twenty-seven bridesmaids dresses in her closet to prove it, mainly because she's never been able to decline a girlfriend's invitation to participate in her wedding. Jane is executive assistant to George (Edward Burns), CEO of a recreation equipment company called Urban Everest, and she's had a crush on him ever since she started working for him five years earlier. Then her beautiful, fashion-model, younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) shows up, George falls for Tess and after a whirlwind courtship George proposes marriage, and Tess asks Jane to start planning her wedding.

At the same time, Jane crosses paths with Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) a newspaper reporter who covers weddings and writes the Commitments column for the Sunday edition. Kevin notices that he and Jane keep showing up at the same weddings; he discovers that weddings are her obsession, interviews her and decides to write an in-depth article on her and her twenty-seven bridesmaids dresses. Jane is attracted to Kevin, but she refuses to acknowledge it because of her feelings for George, and her repressed anger toward Tess because of the way Tess has lied to George about her lifestyle. Then Kevin's article on Jane is published, and it is not flattering!

Smartly written by the talented Aline Brosh McKenna (Laws of AttractionThe Devil Wears PradaMorning Glory, I Don't Know How She Does It, We Bought a Zoo) the film features clever dialog and sizzling romantic chemistry between Heigl and Marsden. The film's production values are excellent, and the supporting cast is terrific, especially Edward Burns, Malin Akerman and Judy Greer, as Jane's friend and co-worker. If you enjoy wedding-themed romantic comedies such as Cousins with Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini and William L. Petersen, Four Weddings and a Funeral with Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, My Best Friend's Wedding with Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett, and The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, then you will very likely enjoy 27 Dresses.

Labels: comedy, romance, wedding

Internet Movie Database 
Metacritic 47/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=50, viewers=68)
Kevin and Jane sing "Bennie and the Jets"

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