First and foremost, I feel the need to state the obvious: 27 Dresses is a bona fide chick flick of the highest order. Guys will not like it and will take no pleasure in sitting through it. It is kitschy, corny and predictable. However, as far as chick flicks go, it is still an entertaining watch.
Katherine Heigl plays Jane, an extremely accommodating woman who has been in twenty seven weddings (including attending two on the same night). She plays the dutiful bridesmaid to such an extent that she is much more of a wedding planner then wedding guest. When she is not on the “wedding circuit” she toils away as the personal assistant to George (Edward Burns) whom she has long been in love with. Imagine her surprise and dismay when her spoiled younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) gets engaged to George and enlists Jane to plan the nuptials. While Jane is trying to maintain the slightest iota of self control, she is distracted by the constant wisecracking of her bitter friend Casey (Judy Greer), and the unwelcome intrusion of cynical reporter Kevin (James Marsden), and begins to wonder if the “always a bridesmaid” is really for her.
Being a true chick flick there were a few too many moments that were unrealistic. Hailing a random cab in New York City and ending up finding the same driver you had ridden with weeks ago? Being able to afford (on the salary of a personal assistant) an apartment that is big enough for you, your fashionista sister who plans on staying an unspecified amount of time and still has enough space left over to dedicate an entire closet to the graveyard of garish monstrosities your friends make you wear for their special day?
Judy Greer once again playing the second fiddle, tackling the role of Jane’s sarcastic and no nonsense best friend Casey brilliantly. Part of me is dying for this woman to have a superstar career and play the lead in her next film, but I love her in the sidekick role. Her one line quips about Jane’s hopeless crush on boss George and inability to stand up for herself make Casey an unsung hero of the film. (Her best scene has to be the slap she delivers to Jane to snap her out of her George induced stupor). And James Marsden, who had already stolen my heart with his turn as the fairy tale prince in Enchanted, once again bewitched me with those killer blue eyes of his. (Hey, I am reviewing a chick flick; I get to be gushy, because my god the man is adorable.)
I mean sure the dialogue was a little corny and the script was predictable but 27 Dresses maintains all of what you would expect of a chick flick; relatable heroine, at least one (if not more) love triangle, witty sidekick, often humorous misunderstanding, and an unsurprising conclusion. Still a good watch if you aren’t looking for something too substantial, just don’t expect Oscar gold.
The Upside: Just seeing all of those dresses lined up will send you into stitches and make you hope all of your friends stay single.
The Downside: Jane is a little whiny and Tess can’t seem to decide if she is a brat or not.
On the Side: The first round of dresses was not hideous enough for the filmmakers; Katherine looked too good in all of them and the wardrobe department had to rework all of them to look bad on her figure.