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27 Dresses

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Katherine Heigl as Jane Nichols
Krysten Ritter as Gina
Judy Greer as Casey
James Marsden as Kevin Doyle
Erin Fogel as Shari Rabinowitz
Maulik Pancholy as Trent
Melora Hardin as Maureen
Edward Burns as George
Malin Akerman as Tess Nichols
David Castro as Pedro
Ronald Guttman as Antoine

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
The Wedding Party Featurette
You'll Never Wear That Again Featurette
Jane's World Featurette
The Running of the Brides Featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Katherine Heigl ('Knocked Up,' TV's 'Grey's Anatomy') lights up the screen in this charming romantic comedy from the screenwriter of 'The Devil Wears Prada.' Heigl stars as Jane, a romantic, completely selfless woman who has been a bridesmaid in no less than 27 weddings. Unfortunately her own happy ending seems to be nowhere in sight. Until her younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss -- on whom Jane has a secret crush inspiring Jane to change her 'always-a-bridesmaid' destiny."

"27 Dresses" is rated PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.

Mini-Review:
"27 Dresses" feels like the creators went to the 'romantic movie buffet' and pulled bits and pieces from a number of films. There are many elements similar to "Runaway Bride," "The Wedding Singer," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "What Women Want," etc. etc etc. The end result is a movie that's occasionally entertaining but not very original.

"27 Dresses" does have some memorable moments. There's a fun scene where Katherine Heigl models every terrible bridesmaid's dress she has ever worn. It's a comical display of costumes. There's also a funny moment where Heigl and James Marsden absolutely butcher the lyrics to "Benny and the Jets." But for each of these fun moments there are equally bad moments. The conclusion of the movie is predictable, Heigl is forced to deliver incredibly cheesy "serious" dialogue, and it ultimately doesn't bring anything new to the romantic movie genre.

All that being said, the cast deliver otherwise good performances. Katherine Heigl proves yet again that she can handle comedy more than well. She's beautiful without being threatening to women, funny without making it seem forced, and overall likeable. It's a successful combination. James Marsden is also impressive as Kevin Doyle.

If you're a fan of romantic comedies then you're probably going to be a whole lot more forgiving of "27 Dresses" than I was. And anyone that's ever felt they were always a bridesmaid and never a bride will enjoy it, too.

There' a decent selection of bonus features on this DVD. Among the Deleted Scenes you'll find a scene where Tess chooses her bridesmaids' dresses. You'll also find featurettes on the creation of the hideous bridesmaids dresses and a general 'making of' featurette. Another notable extra shows the real world "running of the brides" at a wedding dress sale. You're in the trenches as the women blitz for the bargains.

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