If you have just the right mindset before viewing 27 Dresses, you just might — dare I say it?— love this movie. It's not deep, it won't win any awards, but it's the perfect complement to a big buttery bucket of popcorn. And really, isn't that what going to movies like this is all about? If your expectations are low, and mine admittedly were, you will be surprised at how enjoyable this movie is. Don't get me wrong, the movie is dripping with wedding clichés, but luckily it's smart enough not to take itself too seriously. In fact, the movie takes those wedding clichés head on. My favorite example is how many times Katherine Heigl's character is told that "the great thing about the bridesmaid's dress is you can shorten the hem and wear it again." Hilarious.
True to the title, Katherine Heigl's Jane has been a bridesmaid 27 times. The movie begins with number 26 and number 27. That's right: She's a bridesmaid twice in one night. What follows is a hilarious comedy of errors as she tries to navigate two weddings: one in Manhattan, another in Brooklyn. It's quite a feat considering that Jane has to jump back and forth between the weddings, requiring, as you can imagine, a quick change in the back of a cab. The resulting antics catch the eye of Kevin, a wedding journalist played by James Marsden. But Jane's heart belongs to her boss George (Edward Burns). Smell a love triangle?
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Jane's love for George is unrequited, as he is so oblivious to Jane's affection that he bypasses Jane for her sister Tess (played by Malin Akerman, Ben Stiller's wife in The Heartbreak Kid). The two fall madly in love, which leaves Jane planning a wedding for her sister and her boss. Enter Kevin.
You can take the plot from here. Jane loathes Kevin, then falls in love with him, then something happens to tear them apart, then it ends in a way that won't surprise you. What is surprising is that, despite the formula, the movie still feels fresh. I commend the cast, specifically Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. Heigl, with last year's blockbuster Knocked Up, is clearly proving that she can hold a film. And the adorable Marsden (have you seen him in Enchanted, or better yet, Hairspray?) continues to delight.
All in all, it's no Atonement, but if you typically like movies in the same vein as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, you'll adore 27 Dresses.
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