"Always a bridesmaid, never a bride," is the common lament amongst women who are called upon for the duty. They buy unflattering dresses and support a bride who falls in love with a dress two sizes too small and buys it, vowing to lose the inches by the big day - right after the food samplings and cake choices, of course.
Most women go through this at least three times in their lives depending on their social network; each time unpredictably different from the other. Imagine then, going through it twenty-seven times.
Gone With the Wind, Vegas, Hindi, underwater themed, Jane is forever a bridesmaid (with a closet full of once-worn dresses to prove it) and never a bride. She is a hopeless romantic by nature, romantically involved with a hopeless boss who doesn't know she's in love with him.
A reporter and wedding columnist, Kevin (played by James Marsden) is completely the opposite. Burned and jaded by a failed marriage and love gone wrong, Kevin meets Jane by chance and falls into the world of the twenty-seven time bridesmaid.
What starts out as a partnership based on Kevin writing a story for Jane’s sister’s wedding eventually turns into something more, as it usually does.
As Jane’s younger sister Tess (Malin Ackerman) plans to marry Jane’s boss (I.E., Jane’s love interest) things begin to change and the adventure truly begins for the ever graceful and agreeable Jane. Suddenly she realizes that agreeable doesn't get you what you want, a "eureka!" moment helped along by the jaded Kevin.
From the people who brought us The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses is a light and airy chick-flick with subtle under currents of seriousness and structural differences in sisterly, fatherly, friendly and romantic relationships. We watch as Jane becomes someone who doesn’t always say ‘yes’ to people because it’s the right thing to do with the help of Kevin. We see Kevin slowly changing from this hardened New York reporter to someone who understands that feelings mean more than faking them.
27 Dresses has become one of this blogger’s favourite chick-flicks because it’s true: what girl doesn’t dream of her wedding? What girl doesn’t swoon after an unpredictable relationship? 27 Dresses shows us that love doesn’t always have to be conventional or planned. Love doesn’t have to be a damsel in distress and a charming prince who has everything going for him.
If you liked “The Ugly Truth” (also a Katherine Heigl flick), “Bride Wars” or “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, then 27 Dresses is a flick right up your alley. I would suggest watching this one with the girls, though boyfriends or significant other’s probably wouldn’t mind sitting through it as it doesn’t really touch on anything too serious.
“A fluffy, frivolous - if formulaic - indulgence for those of us who still enjoy the occasional, old-fashioned wedding fantasy,” says Susan Granger of SSG Syndicate. As someone who still enjoys the old-fashioned wedding fantasy as well as old-timey stories that eventually work themselves out in the end, I can’t help but agree.
See 27 Dresses, if nothing else, it’ll help feed that little girl, wedding fantasy that resides in us all.