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Katherine Heigl
Malin Akerman
James Marsden
Melora Hardin
Judy Greer
Edward Burns.
Anne Fletcher.
Aline Brosh McKenna.
Running Time
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27 Dresses
Also 54 shoes, 14 tiaras and a mermaid tail

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Always a bridesmaid (with 27 mad frocks jammed in her closet to prove it ), Jane (Heigl) is heartbroken when her sister (Akerman) snaps up the boss (Burns) she pines for. While organising their big day she’s oblivious to a cynical journalist’s (Marsden) interest in her sad wedding obsession.

27 Dresses

Tulips, daffodils and a wedding movie. It must be Spring, huh? And they don’t come much springier than this fluffy, formulaic romantic comedy with its poofy gowns, pop music montages and a honey of a leading lady.
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<!--[endif]-->Katherine Heigl’s amusing wedding-fixated Jane is too selfless to be true and so pretty she looks fine even in the sillier numbers produced from her wedding wardrobe. The instant she meets-cute with journalist Kevin (James Marsden) we all know how the film’s going to end. Hijinks ensue. Also misunderstandings, revelations and a classic mad dash across Manhattan to declare true love before it’s too late.

Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote the screenplay adaptation for The Devil Wears Prada, turns this original work into a pastiche of scads of wedding-centric pictures, complete with the wisecracking bosom buddy (Judy Greer) and the fairy-tale sensibility. Whenever the plotting flags, choreographer-turned-director Fletcher whips up a montage. Cue a jolly flash through the ceremonies where Jane wore all those weird maid of honour get-ups - from a cowboy-themed affair on horseback to underwater nuptials - which beg certain questions. Like how does she even know all these goofy people with such bad taste? And where are they now? There’s also the scene where a bar full of people join in with Jane and Kevin’s spirited drunken stylings, here of Benny And The Jets (which, by the way, practically duplicates a classic incident in US sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun in which Dick, Mary and a bunch of diner customers performed Oklahoma).

But for those who love a wacky wedding wheeze the performances are great fun, particularly from the two leads. Heigl carries this off endearingly, while Marsden, who got this leading man shot on the strength of his performance in Hairspray, is adorable. So adorable, in fact, that it’s impossible to grasp why Jane spends so much of the running time fending him off. It also might have been more interesting if the absurdly spoiled younger sister (Canadian model Akerman) weren’t a selfish, lying witch. There’s only room for one deserving bride in this particular taffeta ghetto.

Cute, cute, cute. No bouquets for originality, but it pushes all the buttons of this mini-genre, and Heigl and Marsden ring dem bells.

Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Formulaic but fun

Better than anything with Kate Hudson in it if you ask me. Enjoyed the opening double wedding scenes and felt that Heigl was convincing and likeable throughout. Plus, as a Watchmen fan, it was great to see MORE of Mailn Ackerman (didn't even know she was in this!!). Really liked the dresses reference at the end....and the newspaper style end-credits. Good show! ... More

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Posted by Hillsman at 14:11, 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Hate to admit it but Heigl was good

I'm not the biggest fan of katherine heigl and so i came to watch this movie thinking it would be terrible. However i found that heigl did a marvelous job of making you like the character and feel her pain in every awkward moment she went through. but it could have just been the fact that akerman was the perfect evil sister and made it hard for the viewer not to be on heigl's side. James marsden gave another amazing performance. he is a consistently great actor who needs to get more rec... More

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Posted by MariannaBelle at 17:01, 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Really damn predictable.

Katherine Heigl is so hot. But they wasted her talent here. Don't compare it with Knocked Up. Don't waste your time and money. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 23:48, 10 July 2008 | Report This Post

27 Dresses--not bad

Okay, not brilliant. Good work by the cast but is still a little too long. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 00:30, 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

27 Dresses--not bad

Okay, not brilliant. Good work by the cast but is still a little too long. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 00:30, 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

Not even half as good as Knocked Up

I still love Katherine Heigl even after this crap.Its pointless watching this crap,so predictable ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 20:04, 03 June 2008 | Report This Post

Not even half as good as Knocked Up

I still like Catherine Heigl after seeing this film but the film isnt even funny.It,s pointless wathing this crap ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 19:59, 03 June 2008 | Report This Post

Pleasantly suprising rom-com

27 Dresses isn't phonomenal but it does do well within it's genre. Good lines, spot on jokes and very good acting by Heigl and Marsden. It's only problem is that it's too light and fluffy; not 4 star material. Instead this is a pleasent surprise that entertains whilst your watching but you'll struggle to remember it later. ... More

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Posted by industrialjunkie92 at 16:56, 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

Definitely a cute little movie to add to the rom-com genre and I was especially enthralled by Katherine Heigl’s performance who keeps winning audiences over by how lovely she is. The chemistry between her and James Marsden was what kept this film alive - trying on each and every bridesmaid dress she’d stuffed into her closet springs to mind as great fun with a dash of snippy humour. ... More

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Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 14:34, 14 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

LOVED IT!!!!  Especially the "Get over here..." line - James Marsden is soo hot! ... More

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Posted by captain jack harknes at 11:01, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

Another rom-'com' to add to the pile, good performances paired with an uninspired plot. A good watch, but don't expect to be blown away. ... More

Posted by duncanbell at 13:40, 04 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

I agree with the ninja in training. I just saw it, and although it was pretty predictable, I reckoned it was pretty enjoyable. Better than I thought it would be, anyway. ... More

Posted by CocoIndiana at 22:28, 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Cute Rom-Com

This is a watchable yet predictable rom-com. It is nothing new in the genre, but it is cute. Katherine Heigl proves that she is the new Queen of rom-coms. However, James Marsden equals, if not surpasses her. He was clearly enjoying his role. A nice watch on a Sunday afternoon. ... More

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Posted by Laura T at 15:56, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post

27 dresses is as other reviewers have noted rather predictable but its hard to do anything new in this well worn genre all you can ask is that the two leads are likable and you want to see them together after a bit of verbal sparring and of course a misunderstanding and of couse a dash across the city when one realises that him or her is the one they love this device was used backin 1960 in tha apartment but if it aint ... More

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Posted by quizkid at 12:10, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post

It's a Rom

ThHere's no Com to it. Unfortunately this film had zero funny moments and the plot was too contrived and style too cliched even by romcom stakes. If you purely want to watch the performance of an actror or actress fine, but I would also like to be entertained! Some may enjoy it if they just want a romantic movie, but not one for me. ... More

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Posted by clauski at 18:45, 01 April 2008 | Report This Post

average rom com

For all intents and purposes, this film would have been rendered barely-watchable without Katherine Heigl and James marsden, as Ed Burns phones in another performance, Undemanding romantic comedy fanatics, will of course, eat all of this up; for the rest of us, there's the two excellent leads, but not a lot else. ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 18:36, 30 March 2008 | Report This Post


Ah, the great wedding tune for the lady walking forwards to her forthcoming husband, waiting to take her as his bride. 27 Dresses is a perfect figure of the whole wedding things, you can see why everyone wants to get married in the future! The film is not laugh out loud funny but there are some funny and sweet laughs, good romance and also some sadness. The perfomances were quite good, Katherine Heigl is the stressed out Jane who pines for her boss who soon falls for her sister and then realises... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 17:13, 27 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

"and not overly funny"...I kinda expected it to be more funny than it was...still was nice to watch but since there were no "laugh out loud" scenes that I could remember for long years and still have a blast out of'em - it's just another "romantic movie" to me...not a "romantic comedy" in a way I'd wish it was... ... More

Posted by StuntmanMiket at 00:05, 02 March 2008 | Report This Post

Lovin' Katherine Heigl!

although very predictable and not overly funny, this is still an above avarage girly movie, thanks to the brilliant Katherine Heigl, who proves she is more then capable of lead actress status!! ... More

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Posted by Roar at 09:26, 01 March 2008 | Report This Post

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