1 hour, 47 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for language, innuendo and sexuality.Anne Fletcher, a dancer/choreographer turned director, moves the film along smoothly, hitting the marks and timing the jokes right.
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; "The Wedding Party" featurette; "You'll Never Wear That Again" featurette; "Jane's World" featurette; "The Running of the Brides" featurette; and trailers.
Katherine Heigl ... Jane
James Marsden ... Kevin
Malin Akerman ... Tess
Judy Greer ... Casey
Brian Kerwin ... Hal
Edward Burns ... George
Katherine Heigl ("Knocked Up") plays Jane, an idealistic, romantic and completely selfless perennial bridesmaid. She's always looking out for her friends and serving as their bridesmaids while ignoring her own needs. She has actually kept all the gowns she has worn to their weddings, twenty-seven of them.
For quite a while Jane has nursed a secret longing for her boss, George (Edward Burns), but lacks the courage to tell him. When George falls in love at first sight with Jane’s younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman "The Heartbreak Kid"), Jane musters all her inner strength to pretend happiness. George and Tess get engaged and Jane is faced with the bittersweet prospect of planning her sister's wedding to the man she loves.
Intrigued by Jane's history, the Wedding Announcements writer for the New York Journal (James Marsden "Superman Returns"), plans to write a piece about her, without her knowledge. Naturally, the two are like oil and water which, of course, means the attraction will eventually become too strong to deny. That moment happens when they meet and both have a little too much to drink.
Katherine Heigl is the perfect romantic comedy lead. She's attractive, energetic, likeable, and willing to get raunchy when necessary. 27 Dresses is more tame than her last feature "Knocked Up," but she's no less appealing. She understands comedic timing and knows how to show real emotion.
The film was written by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada"), but "27 Dresses" helmed by choreographer-turned-director Anne Fletcher is not nearly as edgy or smart as that blockbuster. There are few surprising moments, yet the film still works, despite its insipid storyline. That has a lot to do with Katherine Heigl and a little to do with the chemistry between her and her co-star, James Marsden. Without these two, there would be little to recommend, but it's still a pleasant romantic comedy that never gets too preachy or sexist.