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January 23, 2008 > Movie Review 1

Movie Review 1

27 Dresses

By Shari Wargo

Jane has a job she enjoys, a boss she's had a crush on since her first day of work, a witty friend to bring her back to reality whenever she drifts off, and 27 different bridesmaid dresses in her closet. The problem with this little set up? With the arrival of her little sister and an encounter with a journalist on the commitments beat, Jane's life is about to take a ride into a new direction. Director Anne Fletcher and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) fused their talents to create this laugh out loud romantic comedy, "27 Dresses."

The film begins with Jane (Katherine Heigl) in a bridal shop fitting a wedding dress. It fits perfectly and looks glorious on her, giving her face a nearly serene appearance. Then the phone rings; it's the bride. Jane tells her that the dress fits well and they all agree it's a good thing they are the same size. Suddenly, the serene Jane changes into her bridesmaid dress and rushes to carry the altered wedding dress to her friend the bride.

We see Jane go out of her way to deliver this dress and be a part of her friend's wedding, and then all of a sudden look at her watch during the vows. At first it makes you think that she is so attached to the organization and schedule of the wedding that she doesn't get to enjoy it, but then you see her catch a cab and make a deal with a cabbie to drive her back and forth all night. Jane rushes to get changed in the cab as the driver takes her to another wedding where she is also a bridesmaid. Jane dances between and at each wedding until she gets knocked out during the flower toss at the first wedding and meets Kevin (James Marsden) for the first time.

After this encounter, the story takes flight. Kevin, a journalist who writes for the wedding section of a newspaper, wants to write a feature story that can get him out of his beat and he thinks Jane is just that story. Meanwhile, Jane's younger sister, Tess (Malin Akerman), comes to town from Europe. Jane is so excited to see her sister that she invites her to a work party where her boss George (Edward Burns) immediately notices Tess, still unaware of how Jane feels about him.

An organized and understanding people pleaser, Jane has been raising her younger sister and taking care of everyone else in her life. She does whatever her boss asks and takes care of every aspect of wedding plans for her friends so that they can enjoy the most important day in their lives. Despite what her friend Casey (Judy Greer) says, Jane thinks this is all perfectly fine and enjoys being there for people because she believes that someday they will be there for her. That is, until Tess asks Jane to plan her wedding to George. This leads to a mess of situations and Kevin helping Jane to take a stand in her life.

27 Dresses is filled with laughs throughout most of the film: Jane's inadequacies and helpfulness, Tess acting as bridezilla, Casey making snide comments, and Kevin singing Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" to a crowded bar with Jane singing at his side. There aren't too many mushy moments in this film though, so it isn't necessarily just a "chick flick." Overall, the story flowed well with gorgeous sets, a wonderful cast, and an adorable story line.

27 Dresses is nothing like The Devil Wears Prada, but is definitely a film I can recommend for an hour of smiles.

Rated: PG -13.
Runtime: 1 hour 07 minutes

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