Media Maven: “27 Dresses” Movie Review

Media Maven: “27 Dresses” Movie Review

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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 Heigl’s newest movie, “27 Dresses,” are that it is just too predictable.

The tagline is “Always a bridesmaid—never a bride.” That right there clues the audience in that our sweet “Gal Friday…everyone’s 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 that021108MOVIE.jpg makes the film seem contrived.

The characters are one-dimensional, as well. Malin Akerman as Heigl’s sister Tess, gives an overstated performance as the self-indulged, spoiled little sister. As does George, (Edward Burns) Heigl’s hunky boss who is bright enough to build his multimillion dollar business, yet can’t seem to notice the devotion and attention her character gives him every day.

Judy Greer, playing Heigl’s 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 Heigl’s 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 0208_INSTORY_makebelieveball.giftheir actions and condone them in the name of alcohol consumption as justification?

But hey, let’s not get too critical! After all, who doesn’t like a wedding –even if a gal is in –27 of them?

Rating: Three Chic Stars

Jan’s 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 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.

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