Media Maven: 27 Dresses Movie Review
Katherine Heigl, James Mardsen, Judy Greer, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns
Although many of my fellow critics are snubbing this movie, I thought it was nicely entertaining. Many of the complaints about Katherine Heigls newest movie, 27 Dresses, are that it is just too predictable.
The tagline is Always a bridesmaidnever a bride. That right there clues the audience in that our sweet Gal Friday everyones best friend will finally get her dude.
Yes, it is predictable, and yes, it is a stretch to believe any one person could be so kind and attentive to be a bridesmaid in 27 weddings. But none of these relationships are developed, and that makes the film seem contrived.
The characters are one-dimensional, as well. Malin Akerman as Heigls sister Tess, gives an overstated performance as the self-indulged, spoiled little sister. As does George, (Edward Burns) Heigls hunky boss who is bright enough to build his multimillion dollar business, yet cant seem to notice the devotion and attention her character gives him every day.
Judy Greer, playing Heigls best friend, does an admirable job as a good and true friend. But James Mardsen as the young newspaper reporter aggravating the sweet Heigl at every turn, who gives an enchanting, delightful performance. (He was the prince in Enchanted.)
From a realistic point of view, my only complaint is that Heigls character does the same thing she did in Knocked Up: she sleeps with a guy after a night of heavy drinking. This makes me ask the question: Why do these characters let alcohol be the reason or excuse for actions and behavior that can ultimately lead to pregnancy? Why do these lead characters abdicate their responsibility for their actions and condone them in the name of alcohol consumption as justification?
But hey, lets not get too critical! After all, who doesnt like a wedding even if a gal is in 27 of them?
Rating: Three Chic Stars
Jans Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Dont bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.
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