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27 Dresses
Review written on: January 23rd, 2008

27 Dresses Review

When she isn’t working as an executive assistant at an up and coming environmental outfit in New York, Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has one full social life. That’s not to say that she’s a party girl in the traditional sense, but as the epitome of the phrase “always a bridesmaid”?. We see her as a bridemaid at one wedding, and then she is whisked away to serve as an attendant in another. All night long, back and forth. At one of those two weddings, she meets Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) a Commitments writer for the New York Journal, where he churns out stories about brides, grooms, cakes and all that other jazz.

Jane’s love of weddings and her good heart have stirred up other emotions, which she has to keep under her hat. She’s in love with her boss, George (Edward Burns) and may be on the verge of telling him. There’s one little snag, though! Returning to town from Europe is her younger sister, Tess (Malin Akerman). While Jane loves and tends to be very overprotective toward her sister due to them losing their mother at a young age, you would expect to see a little bit of sibling rivalry. That all comes to a head when, just when Jane is ready to express to George how she feels at a work-related party, Tess comes strolling in! He immediately takes a liking to her, much to Jane’s hidden chagrin.

Kevin, on the other hand, needs a little career and love boost of his own. While he’s trying to track down the mysterious Jane, he learns about George and Tess’s whirlwind courtship and engagement, which he is assigned to cover. You would think it’s just an average wedding story, but another secret about Jane is about to be revealed. Just how many weddings has she been in? You guessed it, 27. What are her true feelings about her sister’s pending marriage? What does she want out of life? Those are the toughest questions of them all. Jane’s desire to please everyone and be their “go-to gal”, may have led her to compromise her own happiness. This may also be the big break Kevin needs to get out of a genre he feels isn?t his cup of tea.

It was a very sweet film! The pace was perfect! All along, you were rooting for Jane to find not only exactly what she was looking for, but to rediscover an overall sense of self-acceptance and a renewed zest for life. All of the actors? performances were solid, yet subtle. The choice of ending was a little predictable, but I think you should shell out a little bit of cash to bring a little sugar into your life.

 

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