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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 February 2009
As a bit of a fan of romantic comedies I bought this on the chance I'd enjoy it. Settled down one night to watch it and got about half way through the story of Jane the quintisential role model for the phrase 'Always the bridesmaid, never the bride'.

As Jane spends most Saturday's acting in the capacity of bridesmaid for a collection of very varied brides at their themed weddings it then comes as a bit of a shock when her own dream wedding to her boss who she is secretly in love with turns out to be happening only she won't be the bride, her sister will. Suddenly Jane finds herself having to organise the weddig of her sister to the man she loves. In comes James Marsdens character Kevin, a reporter for the New York Times who quite fittingly writes the weddings section, reporting on the nuptuals of New York.

I must admit at this point of watching it I got a bit bored and gave up but faithfully around a week later I decided to pick it up again and was very glad I did. The second half of the film is much better than the first 40 minutes as we see Jane & Kevin's relationship begin to build and as we watch Jane put her pushy little sister in her place. The scene with Kevin & Jane singing Benny & The Jets in the bar is wonderful.

Would I watch it again, yes - is it as good as some other offerings out there no but okay.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2008
27 dresses is your typical chick-flick scenario: Heigl plays terminally single Jane, who juggles both a secret but long-standing love for her boss, George, and selflessly filling her spare time with helping organise her friends' weddings. But when her selfish and flighty younger sister gets involved with George and announces their engagement, Jane's endurance is really challenged. She finds herself struggling with her emotions while trying to organise her sister's wedding to the man she loves- and something has to give. Meanwhile, a gorgeous but cynical wedding writer, Kevin, becomes interested in Jane first professionally, and then romantically. But meeting Jane will prove the toughest test of Kevin's scruples.

Heigl and Marsden provide great on-screen chemistry as Jane and Kevin, each teaching the other something about themselves that they never knew, and the film really is poignant for this. Heigl inspires the right mixture of pity and admiration as Jane and Marsden is so effortlessly appealing as Kevin. My only quibble with the movie was that there could have been more laughs, but then, in the funny moments, the humour was intelligent and subtle. Every bit a credible, refreshing take on the chick-flick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 1 June 2010
At the age of eight, Jane (Katherine Heigl) realized her calling. Being very helpful at a wedding, she realized that she was fascinated with being an integral part of weddings. We meet her as she is functioning as a bridesmaid at two different weddings on the same night. That night she also stumbles upon a writer. However, what she does not know is that this writer who seems very cynical is actually the one that writes articles that she collects about weddings.

You can see how everything is being set up for a formula movie. The producers tried to give the characters more depth than most of these formula movies where there is always a love triangle of some sort. And of course, the writer has to put his foot into it somewhere right at the most inopportune time we know this is coming. However, the thing that makes the movie fascinating is how they get from point A to point Z, and all the people and points in between.

So enjoy the movie and enjoyed the quirkiness of seeing 27 dresses but do not expect anything extraordinary.

I saw the Blu-Ray version; by now, of course Blu-Ray is blasé. So there isn't anything exceptional to say about this and the movie extras are goodies are the standard how did we make this why did we make this what did we do type things which gives a little bit of insight but not enough to make the movie any more interesting.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When i first saw this movie advertised i thought 'chick-flick' and had little interest in watching it, however a friend actually recommended a viewing, so I did buy and view around 5/6 years back now
The story is about 'Jane' ( played by 'Katherine Heigl') who works in an office, she has a 'crush' on her boss 'George' who only see's 'Jane' as a friend and a great organiser.
Her skills as an organiser promt's her many friends, in turn, to sort their wedding plans for them, also she is invited over and over again to be a 'Bridesmaid' ( she keeps the dresses and the count is totting up )
At one of the weddings at which she is again 'Bridesmaid' she meets 'Kevin' (James Marsden) who is a journalist covering 'Weddings'
Strangely for some time after their first meet 'Kevin' seems to be at every function she attends, how could that be ?
'Jane' see's 'Kevin' as an irritating inclusion in her life.
At one function attended by 'Jane' her younger sister 'Tess' makes a 'B-Line' for 'George' much to 'Jane's' dismay her boss responds to her sister's advances.
Will 'Jane' allway's be a 'bridesmaid' and never a bride ?
This film is a cut above the run of the mill movies of it's type.
It's funny with a few hint's of sadness on occasions, in short a pleasant movie, well worth a glance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Promptly replacing almost every female actress out there as the people's new 'Meg Ryan' - Katherine Heigl seems to excel at this fluffy rom-com material. Will pretty but plain Jane (the eternal Bridesmaid) ever be a Bride of her own?

"27 Dresses" has a clever story (a sort of "The Wedding Planner" 2) - a warm heart - and the laughs aren't too cringing either. For the ladies - handsome James Marsden brings that Mark Ruffalo 'gruff everyman' touch to a lot of the scenes - injecting them with a healthy dose of reality and scepticism. There's even chemistry between the two leads and their sheer likeability carries the whole thing through to the usual soul-searching tear-soaked microphone confessional on a boat at the end...

However - should you opt to buy the 'US' BLU RAY - don't - it's REGION A LOCKED and therefore won't play on our machines unless they're chipped for 'all regions' (which few are). Opt for the cheap-as-chips UK version (Region B) and you can enjoy a ruffle in a frock as many times as you like...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2008
I enjoyed this movie enough to give it 4 stars despite the shortcomings I'm going to mention below: the plot is OK, but poorly executed either by the script or by the direction - I can't decide which. There's a corny flashback which sets up the story of Jane discovering her vocation in life - to help other people get married, and so avoid living for herself -which is just not convincing enough. Neither is the diabolical denouement - what, oh what possesses writers to put their characters through an embarrassing and totally gratuitous public declaration of undying affection? I don't know that the story-telling is convincing either - the hero isn't likeable enough, and there isn't enough depth to his character and I'm not convinced that there's a 'happily ever after' for these two characters - so in the end I didn't get the 'feel good buzz'.
Having said that I thought Katherine Heigl was great, her ditsy sister and her boss are just wonderful! If you can suspend belief just a little more than I could you'll probably love this film. For me, despite the flaws there was enough for it to be good movie, just not a great movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
I liked this film starring Katherine Heigl but I didn't love it. I'm glad I watched it by myself as it's a pure chick flick - wouldn't make any man sit trhough it. It's about a girl who has been bridesmaid 27 times but nobody has ever asked her to marry them. Sadly she's in love with her handsome boss but the love is wholly uunrequited. He falls in love with her sister under her nose, but there is a happy ending for ll involved. You feel like you've seen it all before but there are a few laugh-out-loud moments and it's perfect if you're a female haing a nice nite in with a glass of wine or having a bit of girly non-taxing fun with your sister girlfriends etc. Oh, and I thought the actor James Marsden who plays the lead was kind of hot!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This film was unexpectedly touching. It was fun seeing Jane being so very amenable, useful, kind and fair to her Bride friends. What follows is of course a farce already written in the stars but all the more relaxing and pleasing for it. I loved seeing the 27 dresses themselves and felt as if I were attending the many happy occasions as they whirled by. All the characters seemed to be believable and appealing, and there were moments of fun - especially the Benny and the Jets sequence. Escape from the ordinary for the duration, suspend critique, sometimes corny and predictable is just what you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2010
I was slightly disappointed by this film. The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favourite movies of its year and so I was excited when this new film came out. It's not even half as good and just feels far too long for the weak plot. From the advertising I thought this story was going to be about the weddings and the dresses and the stories but they had very little to do with it. I also found that Katherine Heigl's acting was actual quite unbelievable and at times, just irritating. It's not a dreadful film, it has it's funny moments, mostly at the beginning but I wouldn't rush out and buy it
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VINE VOICEon 8 September 2009
In 27 Dresses, Katherine Heigl brings truth to the phrase "always the bridesmaid, never the bride." She plays Jane, a girl so addicted to organising weddings for other people that the beginning of the film follows her as she juggles two weddings in one night. Behind this busy facade is a young woman who's actually desperately in love with her boss but isn't brave enough to do anything about it, and so she throws herself wholeheartedly into helping people with the nuptials she fears she may never have.

Jane's odd activities are picked up upon by Kevin, a matrimony reporter (James Marsden). As he starts to dig deeper into Jane's wedding madness, he realises just how crazy the situation is... and what a great article it would make. In the meantime, Jane's younger sister has waltzed back into her life and unknowingly takes up with the object of Jane's affection - her boss. Down the line, Jane is organising Tess and George's wedding, despite every arrangement dealing another crushing blow to her already fragile heart. Their nuptials force Jane and Kevin to spend more time together, where Kevin develops feelings for Jane and begins to seriously regret writing that damning article, and tries to stop it being printed.

However, as is often the case, things are never straightforward, and before the film is finished, many lives have been changed irrevocably - and not everyone is happy.

I really enjoyed 27 Dresses. It's definitely on the girliest end of the sliding scale of chick-flicks, but is very lighthearted and fun, despite some serious elements. Probably not one to try and make your man watch, unless he has the hots for Katherine Heigl, in which case he may tolerate it. Otherwise, strictly for girly nights in. Excellent.
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