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Movie Review: 27 Dresses

27 Dresses
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Fox, 2008

27 Dresses, like so many romantic comedies before it, aren’t going to bother trying to look like they’re anything new. Easily the genre with the least amount of ground left, these movies just try to be filler for women until something worth their intelligence rolls around (once a year). In the light of Juno and Persepolis, 27 Dresses looks terribly ancient.

We are forced to believe that Jane (Katherine Heigl, one of the most beautiful women in the world) is always the bridesmaid, never the bride, and that the object of her affection, her too-cool boss George (Ed Burns), isn’t attracted to her. And just before she tells him how she feels, her sister Tess (Malin Akerman) captures his heart.

Enter wedding writer Kevin (James Marsden), who becomes smitten with Jane, who stumbles on her daily planner and pretty much stalks her. But don’t worry, he looks like James Marsden, so it’s OK. She doesn’t like him too much at first, which is the requirement of all romantic comedies, and he introduces himself under a different name than he uses to write, which is too bad because she really, really loves the writings of this guy who happens to be him.

When George and Tess announce wedding plans, Kevin enters Jane’s world of upheaval. At first he wants a story about a woman who has been to 27 weddings, never as a bride, but then he falls in love. You can see the conflict with his feelings and his career coming as soon as he pitches the story to his editor (Melora Hardin). Jane, meanwhile, acts cheery and says she’ll help out with George and Tess’s wedding, like she always does for her friends, but wants to sabotage it.

Yeah, you’ve seen the whole thing before. We all know who Jane is going to love in the end. In fact, the trailers on TV don’t even bother making it a question. And of course, they didn’t have to. Because we know what’s going to happen. And really, it all comes down to whether you like the leads and you’d like to see them make babies together. And if you do, you’ll be happy. Me, I’m indifferent to Katherine Heigl and James Marsden making sweet love. So the way my opinion goes on this movie.

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