The saying goes, “Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride”. Well, the main protagonist in 27 Dresses has been a bridesmaid for no less than, you guessed it, 27 times! So I guess that would completely rule out all hope for her, right? Wrong! In the magical world of romantic comedies, anything is possible; this is exactly why we are so fond of them.
Katherine Heigl plays the role of Jane who, at first glance, is as insignificant and nondescript as her name would imply. She is the quintessential good girl, always ready to help everyone out, working hard for their comfort and sacrificing her own desires. She is secretly (although quite blatantly) in love with her boss George, played by Edward Burns, but never makes a move, because she does not want him to think of her as even slightly unprofessional or encroaching. Her resolve is seriously threatened, however, when her sister Tess (Malin Akerman) embarks on a relationship with George and she meets a journalist, Kevin (James Marsden), whose cynicism is seemingly as great as her own starry-eyed belief in marriage and weddings.
The story holds few surprises, following the routine formula for such movies, but it contrives to entertain you nonetheless. The characters are not extraordinary, but they are interesting and you find yourself rooting for them all to be happy in the end. Katherine Heigl does a great job, because her character could so easily have come off as a spineless wimp; instead, you like her and wish she would grow a backbone for her own sake, because she deserves to be treated better. James Marsden is good as the ambitious but sensitive journalist, who is quite a softie underneath his pessimistic exterior. Malin Akerman is quite a brat, but even she is forgiven by the end of the movie.
The script is written by Aline Brosh McKenna, who also wrote the script for The Devil Wears Prada, but comparisons between the two are futile, since the stories are completely different. Besides, The Devil Wears Prada had Meryl Streep. Enough said.
27 Dresses falls seamlessly into the chick-flick category, I will admit; you already know long before the movie ends exactly how it will end and who will get together with whom. But the movie aims only to keep you occupied for a few hours, not to get you thinking. It never pretends to be more profound than it is, thus managing to deliver exactly what it promises, with class: entertainment.
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