Top positive review
17 October 2010
Three good movies on one disc. Nothing groundbreaking here but solid entertainment for the money. 27 dresses stars Roswell and Greys Anatomy stalwart Katherine Heigl as the go to girl for all her marrying friends. No chance of true love for our Kath until she meets a cynical anti-marriage wedding writer (yes really) sent to interview her about all the weddings she has organised. No surprises here, they fall in love then she gets all bent out of shape when she finds out why the guy has been courting her before they get it together in the final reel. Heigl is reliably funny and endearing. James Marsden plays the writer but he doesn't really convince as the cynic he is meant to be. Not that this detracts from the movie as you are never in any doubt that there is going to be only one kind of happy ending.
What Happens in Vegas is a rom com for the ladettes with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz misbehaving all over the place as an ill matched couple who got married whilst drunk, win a $3m casino jackpot, want to get divorced but won't split the money. A cantankerous judge (Dennis Miller) sees through their bluster, refuses to give them a divorce and sentences them to 6 months marriage. Cue lots of scheming and tomfoolery as our hero and heroine try to find ways of doing each other down in order to get the money. Predictably they fall in love along the way and you can probably guess the rest.
In her shoes was the surprise jewel in this particular crown. Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette are chalk and cheese sisters who fall out when the ditzy, semi literate Diaz character commits one misdeed too many and gets kicked out by her sister. Diaz manages to track down their estranged presumed dead grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and moves into her retirement home. The film then shifts a gear as the Diaz character finds out about her family, makes friends in the elderly community and learns to read. This could have been corny but works really well in the hands of Diaz, Collette and MacLaine. This movie turned out to be less rom or com and more a gentle coming of age story which is what lifts it above the other two movies in my opinion.