27 Dresses (2008)

As a couple, we are split on our opinion of Kathryn Heigl. Personally, I can’t stand her acting and believe every rumour I hear about her on-set antics. My wife enjoys her performances, and that may be a little bias because of Heigl’s years on Grey’s Anatomy. 

She shines in romantic comedies where she spends the entire movie arguing with her male lead, only to fall in love with him minutes before the credits roll. Although I love The Ugly Truth, I will say 27 Dresses is pretty good. Heigl is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. When her sister Tess (Malin Akerman) returns home and steals the man of her dream, Jane (Heigl) ends up watching her personal life crumble before her very eyes. 

Lucky for her, Kevin/Malcolm (James Marsden) is there to save the day. These two have great chemistry on screen. Even though I could never see them together in real life, I was convinced that they could have met and fallen in love in this fictional world. Their best moment together had to be the “Bennie and the Jets” sing-a-long at the bar. The rest of the time, they just drive each other crazy. 

In just three weeks, Jane went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Thankfully she had a great family and support network to get through the mess. You can’t help but sit back and watch her brew all the anger and then unleash it on the world in the worse way possible. It wouldn’t be funny if she was ruining your engagement party, but as an outsider, it was pretty epic. 

There are a few moments of laugh out loud comedy, which makes this an enjoyable romantic comedy. I recall viewing this many years ago and a handful of times since. As one of my wife’s favourite movies, I had to give it a fair shake with an honest review. I sat back and blocked out all the negativity I had previously felt about it and the characters involved. It gave me a fresh perspective on a fun movie about a girl who struggled to find her true love. 

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I guarantee your girlfriend/wife has. Do her a favour and give it a shot; it won’t be that bad. 7/10


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