A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help ... See full summary »
Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.
Two things about Jane: she never says no to her friends (she's been a bridesmaid 27 times and selflessly plans friends' weddings), and she's in love with her boss, George, nurturing dreams of a lovely, romantic wedding of her own. She meets Kevin, a cynical writer who finds her attractive, and that same week her flirtatious younger sister Tess comes to town. Jane silently watches George fall for Tess, a manipulative pretender. Worse, Jane may be called upon to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, Kevin tries to get Jane's attention and has an idea that may advance his career. Can Jane uncork her feelings? Written by
The wardrobe department reported that their initial designs for the dresses all looked too good on Katherine Heigl because of her figure, and they were hard-pressed to design bridesmaids dresses that would look bad on her. See more »
In the scene where Jane's sister slaps her, there is no visible mark or even a slight bruise left on Jane's face. See more »
After watching "Father Of The Bride" the other day in the run-up to our own wedding, I suspect my bride-to-be wanted to get in on the wedding-movie action as well when she suggested we watched this. Having seen the trailer at the cinema before another anodyne rom-com ("The Accidental Husband", if you must know), we took a chance on this but sadly, what we ended up with was another uninspired rom-com that stretches its paper-thin premise beyond breaking point. How many more of these can Hollywood keep chugging out before we get tired of them?
Katherine Heigl stars as Jane, a woman who has dedicated her life to her friends and her job as personal assistant to her boss, George (Edward Burns). Having been a bridesmaid 27 times, she is determined to make her next dress the one she wears for her wedding but unfortunately, her younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) meets and falls in love with George. What makes things worse is that Jane secretly loves George and resents Tess, who naturally asks Jane to organise everything and to be bridesmaid. To make matters worse, ambitious reporter Kevin (James Marsden) gets hold of the story and begins to hound Jane, much to her annoyance.
I'm not sure which character we're supposed to identify with the most because nearly everyone in "27 Dresses" is pretty unlikeable. Granted, the back story is absurd anyway - I doubt anyone is as much of a sad sack as Heigl's character or if they are, they are unlikely to be as effortlessly pretty. But that's typical of the film as a whole, full to bursting with pretty people struggling with pretty people's issues like a missing Filofax or closets full of gaudy dresses not closing properly. Basically, I didn't care what happened to any of them even though only the thickest simpleton couldn't guess what was going to happen. There were no shocks, no surprises and worse for a rom-com, precious few laughs. None of the principal actors are known for their comedic roles and it shows - someone with experience of making us laugh is generally considered a good thing when making a film designed to make us laugh!
It would be easy to say that I didn't enjoy this film because I'm not the target audience and I'll hold my hands up to that. But my Better Half (who wanted to watch this, remember) found her attention wandering and didn't enjoy it that much either. It's too implausible, predictable and just not that engaging for viewers. Everything about the movie is standard - the actors aren't laughably bad but they're not hugely entertaining either. Maybe we're both getting tired of rom-coms but "27 Dresses" is not a great example of the genre. It's not as bad as "The Accidental Husband" - it doesn't treat you like a moron, for starters - but due to the fact that its too implausible to be taken seriously, you never give it your full attention and give up halfway through. Heigl should stick to "Grey's Anatomy" and wait for her breakthrough movie to come along. It didn't do George Clooney any harm...
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