“27 Dresses” has all of the makings of a classic chick flick. The film fixates itself on dream weddings, female comradery, unrequited love and happy endings.
It even stars Katherine Heigl from the hit television show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” and the runaway comedy success of the summer, “Knocked Up.” She stars as an actress, who has found a way to be irresistible to men and relatable to women.
Still, even Heigl could not save this excuse for a romantic comedy. “Dresses” seems to jump around between two different plots, making it difficult to focus long enough to care about the characters.
At the start of the film, the viewer is introduced to Heigl’s Jane a 27-time maid of honor (hence the title) who can’t seem to say no to anyone.
When her sister (Malin Akerman) comes to visit and ends up becoming engaged to Jane’s boss (Edward Burns), whom Jane secretly pines for, it seems that Jane will always be a bridesmaid and never the bride.
As if this is not enough for Jane to worry about, a wedding announcement writer (James Marsden) begins friendly stalking her until she starts dating him.
Between watching Jane plan her sister’s wedding, get over her boss, and fall for the wedding announcement writer, there is no time to sit back and enjoy this movie.
Aline Brosh McKenna, writer of “The Devil Wears Prada,” also wrote “27 Dresses.” However, unlike “Devil,” “Dresses” lacks strong, smart characters and witty writing.
Chick flick staple Judy Greer, from the films “13 Going on 30” and “The Wedding Planner,” plays Jane’s partying co-worker. She provides laughs in “Dresses,” but not enough to distract from the multiple plots.
Although “27 Dresses” had the potential to be the romantic comedy of the year, the film fails miserably. Save money and rent McKenna’s “The Devil Wears Prada” instead.
‘Dresses’ lacks flair
Published: Tue Jan 29, 2008