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.