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27 dresses
27 Dresses
Directed by:
Anne Fletcher
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman

Written by:
Jeremy Welsch
AKA The Rub

January 7, 2008

Romantic comedies tend to exist in their own little world, don’t they?  A world where they make up their own rules without any grasp, or even real connection to the rest of the planet.  


A world where everything gets a tidy treatment and at the end of the day everyone’s problems are solved in the span of about 100 minutes.  They are the sitcoms of the movie world that rarely make apologies to that point..

.Having just sat through P.S. I Love You not 24 hours prior to watching this, I thought about the genre as a whole and did a little exercise.  During the previews, I sat down and made a quick list of any plot devices I could think of that are overused in romantic comedies, just to see how many they would try in 27 Dresses.  Again, this list was based strictly on my best grasp of the subject matter and the fact that I had seen a similar one not one day beforehand.  This is not meant to be a complete list by any means, just what I wrote down before the movie started:

  • She will be interested in someone that will be blissfully ignorant to that fact.
  • This will run her ragged, to within an inch of her sanity.
  • During this period of rickety behavior, the filmmakers will attempt to make her look frumpy by donning her with less than attractive clothing (sweats, etc) and/or make her eat sloppily for added effect.
  • Someone will fall in love or even get married in an insanely unrealistic amount of time (mere weeks).
  • Everything will blow up in someone/everyone’s face.
  • Someone will sing along with a song on a car radio.  During this song, a relationship will grow leaps and bounds.
  • Someone’s atrociously unforgivable behavior will be forgotten with a smile or gift or both.
  • She will find the man she thinks is right, kiss him, and realize he is not at all right based solely on that kiss alone.  They will both agree.
  • Once the lead character ends up with whoever she ends up with and her transformation is complete, she will also have quit/changed jobs.
  • There will be a disgustingly sweet, happy ending.

The picture begins, and we’re off.
27 Dresses painfully tells us the story of Jane (Katherine Heigl), the very definition of the saying, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”  If there was any confusion on that, we are all lucky enough to have that very saying as the tagline for the movie.  Jane has been in love with weddings as an event, since she was a little girl.  When we first see her all grown up, she spends an evening cabbing back and forth between two congruent weddings so as not to let anyone down.  Weddings she has helped, nay, completely planned to a tee.  We soon find out she is secretly and madly in love with her boss George (Edward Burns), a fact that he is of course, completely oblivious to (check).  She is an underappreciated asset to her job (check), and spends all of her spare time being a bridesmaid for all of her friends, 27 so far to be exact (get it, 27 dresses…?).  Jane’s sister Tess (Malin Akerman) comes to visit her and in whirlwind fashion, falls in love with her boss, the secret so-called love of her life, and the two of them get engaged to be married (check).  Guess who gets to plan it and be the Maid of Honor?  Jane is sent into a downward spiral (check) and of course, every one of my list o’ clichés is checked off in grand fashion until the saccharine sweet ending barrels through and everybody wins (check mate).  I am not really giving anything away by saying this because people who see this movie will be from one of three schools of thought.  One, they have been suckered into seeing it by a female significant other and they don’t care.  Two, they are a critic and are seeing it as a matter of assignment, and they see it coming from miles away.  Or three, they are the significant other doing the dragging and even they know how it ends, and they don’t care.  As we were walking out, the two females I saw this screening with asked me what I thought of it.  I told them I thought it was boring, trite, cheesy and cliché.  Then I asked them what they thought of it.  They said it was cheesy and cliché but cute, and they liked it.

27 Dresses
offers nothing new and doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel.  This isn’t a bad thing as I don’t think they were really trying to do anything other than make a straightforward romantic comedy.  If this movie had been a chess match, I would have played the part of Garry Kasparov, and it would have been over in about ten moves.  My biggest complaint wasn’t the genre, it was just how boring the whole thing was.  The only enjoyment I got out of it was crossing item after item off of my list as they came to fruition.  And exactly two jokes that I don’t even remember anymore, if that tells you anything.

To rate this movie poorly because I am not the
biggest fan of the genre is only half fair – half, because when made right, I like just about anything.  As a paying member of the movie going population, I didn’t like the movie because it was bland and tasteless as regular Kool-Aid without the sugar.  As a critic, I didn’t like it because I could have wrote this review for any number of movies like it I have ever seen, changed the title and been right on point.  If P.S. I Love You was the ‘choose your own adventure’ of romantic comedies, this one was all ‘paint by numbers’.  As much as anyone would have tried to spruce it up by raging against assigned color coordination, going against type would have only made it worse.  So I guess it was a lose, lose from the jump.

And there’s the rub.


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