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27 Dresses Movie Review

27 Dresses: Formulaic but Enjoyable

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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katulinek katulinek 9 years
according the review I want to see this movie
WatchMeSparkle WatchMeSparkle 9 years
I saw this movie at a screening, with a bunch of girls, and we had a blast. It is really cute, and James Marsden is beautiful, I totally agree (and I had just seen him in enchanted, absolutely lovely) - go see this movie with some chicks, its cute!!
AntsInPanze AntsInPanze 9 years
My review: Was a little dissapointed. Luv luv luv Judy Greer... but why was she even in this movie? Just for comedy relief? Wasn't it supposed to BE a comedy to begin with? It gets a little tired at times. Overall great fun though. I do find it funny though that our KH complained that 'Knocked Up' was from a sexist point of view of pregnancy.... but 27 dresses sends the women's movement back 50 yrs with the "I will wait for a knight in shining armor to rescue me" mentality. But that's just my humble opinion and what do i know?
RioAravwyn RioAravwyn 9 years
This was a fun movie. James Marsden is beautiful, and some of the dialogue was really funny. That said, I have a feeling that I would find it irritatingly formulaic and cheesy if I rewatched it [or even if I think about it in detail], so I think I'll leave it as a once-only movie.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I should go get my BFFs together & watch this! Thanks for the review. :)
stephiec274 stephiec274 9 years
i really really enjoyed this movie. it felt somewhat slightly better than all the other chick flicks... it will be one of those movies i buy on dvd to watch when i feel like watching something light!
xxlolprincessxx xxlolprincessxx 9 years
Going to see this movie on Monday and I'm really looking forward to it! :)
juiceylucey08 juiceylucey08 9 years
I saw this last night and I too was pleasantly surprised. Like Buzz said, not an award winner, but not a complete flop either. I left the theatre in an upbeat mood rather than ticked about the $9.25 I had just spent. The one thing that I believe could have been perfected was Jane's haircolor. It was not consistent and looked as if it were green in some scenes (due to putting a brown with an ash base on blond hair). I think that the color was supposed to be a bland, but it shouldn't have been bad. Being a hair perfectionist in a sense, this almost made me not enjoy the movie, but I did get over it!
Tech Tech 9 years
Ah cute! It looks like such a great movie to see with a girlfriend.
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Can't wait to see it! I don't have really high expectations, so maybe it will pleasantly surprise me. I'm just in the mood for a movie that will be mindless, cute, and make me smile after seeing all these serious movies - Atonement, No Country...etc.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I saw a screening last week and thought that this was really fun and funny. And Jane's sister Tess was so perfectly loathe-able.
Purple-Damsel02 Purple-Damsel02 9 years
I'm going tonight with the BFF. Seems like a fun and effortless movie!
nomerz nomerz 9 years
Even though I loathe Katherine, I think it looks cute enough...
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
It looks cute, I already have plans with a friend of mine to go see it.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I won't be seeing this one, but I've got to agree with you on James Marsden. I hated his humorless character in the X-Men movies, so I thought that I hated him. But after seeing him in Enchanted and Hairspray, I think he's totally cute and funny. Actually, I was kind of disappointed in Hairspray and he was one of the only things I liked about it.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
I saw it last week at a screening.I thought it was cute but it's not a movie that would be a favorite.Judy Greer was great and James Marsden was great to look at and Katherine Heigl was just a mediocre actress in the movie.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
I saw it 2 weeks a go (early screening) and I didn't like it at all. I usually love a chick flick, but this one seemed so... fake. Of course it was entertaining, but the dialogue just didn't work for me and every situation seemed forced and overacted.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
i love judy greer. she's the acting version of always a bridesmaid, never a bride.... always playing the best friend! give her a starring role!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to just having fun watching this. Thanks for the great review, Buzz.
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
I think I'm seeing it on Sunday with a friend, despite my loathing of Heigl. :P Maybe it'll be cute.
t-and-co t-and-co 9 years
I'm so excited to go see this! (Regardless of the fact that Katherine Heigl is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses.) I think this movie just looks like plain old fun. Sometimes you just don't want to have to think when you're watching or leaving a movie. :)
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
I love Judy Greer, so I will definitely be seeing this. I'm sure it will be enjoyable, and the funny (we already know that most of the cast have great comedic acting chops) will definitely help to neutralize any of the "cheese" factor.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm still on the fence if i'm going to see it. before they over promoted it i was on board - and now it feels like it's been out for weeks with the amount of pormotion behind it
wren1 wren1 9 years
It does look like a fun little movie.
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