Seen It All Before

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In the mood for a romantic comedy? At least one is usually released on DVD weekly and this does not include the many that go straight to DVD without a theatrical release. So, one might suppose that a romantic comedy with a huge theatrical release and this month’s “it” girl might be original or at least entertaining. Not true!

27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl as a plain Jane, actually named Jane, with an affinity for being a bridesmaid in weddings (27 to be exact), is a cut and paste of about every romantic comedy which has preceded it. Jane is in love with her boss, played by a drab Edward Burns, but unable to tell him, even though both of the characters are so dull that it is immediately apparent they would be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, for Jane, her baby sister comes back from Italy only to set her pretty blue sights on Mr. Drab himself. Next thing you know, Jane is asked to be the Maid of Honor in the wedding of her sister and her boss, who she secretly loves.

27 Dresses opens with Jane (Heigl) explaining in voice-over the moment she first realized that her calling was to be at the beck and call of a bride on her special day. Jane is a little girl and she assists her cousin by fixing her wedding dress with the ribbon from her little sister’s hair. Cut to the present and Jane is racing between two weddings in one night. Okay, so remember the whole premise of Julia Robert’s romantic comedy, Runaway Bride? Well, if you don’t just catch a few scenes from 27 Dresses. First, we have the undercover reporter, in Runaway Bride played by Richard Gere and in 27 Dresses played James Marsden, who writes a story about the female love interest unbeknownst to her; thus, fueling the love/hate relationship that is supposed to ignite a passion that is undeniable. In 27 Dresses, the story is about the pathos of the woman, Jane, who would want to be a bridesmaid so many times. In Runaway Bride, the story is the pathos behind a woman who cannot commit, although she agrees to the hype of a wedding. In both cases, there is definitely cause for a fashion show. In 27 Dresses, Heigl playfully shows Marsden the many ridiculous bridesmaid outfits she has worn. Runaway Bride has Roberts taking part in a few different themes of weddings, in which she gets to model a variety of wedding gowns. As in Runaway Bride, Jane soon realizes that she doesn’t love her boss but instead she loves the wedding reporter who betrayed her. Of course, there is also the drunken bar sing-along in 27 Dresses. How many times have we seen that before in a romantic comedy?

Unfortunately, there are not any surprising moments in 27 Dresses. Heigl is likeable, but the Jane character lacks some emotional qualities which make for the best romantic comedies. Also, Marsden is not very convincing as the love interest. There is something so indifferent about his acting that one cannot even hate him as the male lead. You just don’t care at all. And, that about sums up 27 DressesYou just don’t care at all.

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