Romantic Comedy

27 Dresses

Distributed By:  20th Century Fox

Reviewed by Justine Manzano

            Trying to see the movie 27 Dresses was like a comedy of errors that I’d rather not discuss.  Let’s just say I love Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up) and James Marsden (The X-Men Series, Superman Returns) who were the stars of the movie and so, I tried to see it from the time it was released on January 18th…and didn’t end up seeing it until Valentine’s Day icon Weekend.  Life, as it always does, got in the way of entertainment.  However, somehow, between dinner at Carmine’s, the family style Italian Restaurant on 44th Street in the Theater District, and seeing Rent on Broadway before it closes in June, I had two and a half hours to kill and two theaters showing movies.  I was looking for a movie that would start at a precise time, so I would still have time to get to the Nederlander Theater – and guess what happened to be playing then?  27 Dresses, with the perfect timing.  How serendipitous for me!!!!

            So, I got to see my movie, and I wasn’t disappointed.  The film is about a woman named Jane (Heigl) who is obsessed with weddings, and has helped 27 brides as their bridesmaid by planning everything and helping her with every aspect of her special day.  She loves helping people – and babies every single person in her life, including her boss, George (Edward Burns, One Missed Call, Life or Something Like It), whom she just happens to be hopelessly in love with.  Though her best friend Casey (Judy Greer, The Village, 13 Going on 30) begs her to tell him how she feels, she is interrupted by the arrival of her younger sister, Tess (Malin Akerman, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle) whom George meets and immediately falls in love with.  Suddenly, Jane is thrown into helping Tess plan her wedding.  While doing so, she meets Kevin (Marsden), a cynical writer for a major New York newspaper who writes beautiful wedding announcements but hates it…and is just looking for his way out.  He comes under the pretense of doing a wedding announcement for Tess and George, but he is actually there to write about Jane and her many times as a bridesmaid.  So, Jane nobly plans her sister’s marriage to the man she loves – leaving the viewer to wonder whether she will ever snare the man of her dreams, or end up finding her Happily Ever After somewhere a little less likely.

            Well, there were some things about this movie that was your typical romantic comedy fare, which I could have predicted from the beginning – which could have made this movie exactly what I sort of thought it would be – an obvious Valentine’s Day fluff movie.  The oncoming betrayal you knew was coming, the drunken dancing and singing, the unrequited love – all were obvious romance movie clichés.  But then there were a lot of things in the movie that wound up surprising me.  Add to that all of the great comic moments that were laugh out loud funny, including Heigl’s awesome comic timing, and it ended up being a very good movie. 

            So, all of that waiting was worth it, I got to see a fun movie and it only added to the romance of my Valentine’s Day.  All in all, be ready for clichés, but also be ready for a rockin’ good time.  Enjoy! 


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