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Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Anne Fletcher / Actors: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Edward Burns, Judy Greer, Malin Akerman ... / DVD released 2008-07-28 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      07.03.2014 14:22
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      27 dresses tells the heartwarming story of Jane (Katherine Heigl) who has been a bridesmaid for her friends 27 times, now she has to be the maid of honour at her sister's (Malin Akerman) wedding to her boss, the man she is madly in love with.
      A local journalist and wedding reporter (James Marsden) catches Jane at 2 weddings in one night, and decides her story is his ticket to the big time. He is writing about her sisters wedding but takes this time to get to know Jane better for his story. As the film progresses, they get closer and closer, and its obvious to see how things are going to end. This is satisfying for the viewer rather than being a cliche.
      Overcome with jealousy, Jane exposes her sister for who she really is, prompting the wedding to be cancelled just days before. She feels guilty, but she has onl done what we al would have in the circumstances. Having got what she wished for, is Jane really happy with the result?
      Her sister is painted as a bridezilla, but as we learn more about her past and the death of her mother we start to understand why both she and Jane have grown into the people they are.
      Do not write this off as a fluffy romantic comedy; behind the wedding extravaganzas is the story of 2 girls coming of age and battling lonliness, jealousy and a tragic past.
      The only thing I didnt like about this film is that Jane didn't immediately fall for the handsome and charming Kevin. Her boss the man she loves has the charm and personality of a wet fish. The expression Dull as Dishwater springs to mind. I find it very unbelivable that 2 sisters would be fighting over him.
      The funniest moment of the film is the rousing, slightly off key, drunken performance of Elton John's "Rocket Man". PURE GENIOUS.
      27*

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        08.06.2011 21:11
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        A good brainless yet entertaining rom com

        This was shown on TV a few days ago- it was this or 'Taking Lives' but that was on later and I needed to sleep early-ish so I went for this and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was.

        ~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
        Jane (Katherine Heigl) is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. One time, when she has to attend two weddings in one night, she bumps into writer Kevin (James Marsden) who is fascinated by her and decides to write a story on her, despite having feelings for her.

        When her sister Tess (Malin Akerman) comes into town, she meets Jane's boss George (Edward Burns) and lies about herself in order to get closer to him, unbeknown to the fact that Jane has been forever secretly in love with George. Their quick love accelerates and they decide to get married in three weeks with Jane to help her every step of the way.

        As Tess steals Jane's crush and her dream wedding, Jane is pushed to new lengths. Will she be able to go through with it and be the perfect bridesmaid?

        The setup is extremely typical- Jane falls for one guy with another guy pursuing her; her guy is taken and she must not only watch but help; there is a secret (Kevin writing article about Jane); there is a makeover/clothes changing scene and many many more. What this film feels like is a million romcoms smashed into one: My best friend's wedding, Runaway Bride, Bridget Jones...

        Despite all these "seen-before" elements, this film is surprisingly enjoyable and humourous. There were several scenes where I truly laughed out loud. One particular line I remember deeply having laughed is when Tess yells at Jane "You might want to alert traffic control because Bridezilla's on the loose!"

        The film is well paced and builds up to a climatic and explosive reveal which then follows with an appropriate and feel-good catharsis and a humourous ending which finishes off the film superbly.

        ~~~CAST~~~
        James Marsden- Kevin
        Katherine Heigl- Jane
        Edward Burns- George
        Malin Akerman- Tess

        Katherine Heigl is a stand out in this movie- her expressions and movements felt genuine and truly like her heart was being trampled on in certain scenes. Everyone else did well, but did not shine like she did.

        ~~~OVERALL~~~
        27 dresses is a surprisingly enjoyable movie which feature all well known rom-com elements but puts it in a refreshing way. Katherine Heigl is a star in this movie but the other cast delivers humourous moments too which make you laugh out loud. The overall effect of this film is a 'feel good' rom com and definitely has widespread appeal. See for yourself!

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          03.12.2010 13:26
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          An average time-pass chick flick

          Please note: this is a film only review as I didn't watch it on DVD.

          I watched this film recently when it came on tv, and although I knew it hadn't been a big hit, I thought it would be good to pass some time on a lazy Sunday.

          The film stars Katherine Heigl is more recently well known for being in hit US show Grey's Anatomy, with her most famous movies being Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth and My Father The Hero. She plays a girl named Jane, who's sole purpose in life seems to be a bridesmaid for other people's weddings (she's been a bridesmaid 27 times, as per the title) , and a general sorter-outer of all wedding related things. She loves weddings, and enjoys reading the wedding announcements page in the New York Times, and dreams of being married herself someday. At the beginning of the film, she is constantly running between two weddings, where she is a bridesmaid at both, and a cute guy named Kevin notices her (James Marsden, who is much more memorable in the X-Men movies as Cyclops) and is obviously enamoured by Jane. Jane, on the other hand, doesn't find him very appealing, especially when he expresses his disgust at weddings, whereas she absolutely loves weddings and everything about them.

          Jane's official daytime job is working as a PA to a guy named George, whom she is hopelessly in love with, yet, doesn't seem to pluck up the courage to tell him so. Unfortunately for Jane, when her younger, blonde, and more attractive sister Tess (Malin Akernman - Watchmen, The Proposal, Couples Retreat) arrives to visit, her boss George falls in love with her after seeing her at Jane's work social event, and Jane's heart is thus smashed into pieces. She can't even really be angry at her sister as she never told her she loved George, so she is left as a bystander watching love blossom between her sister and her dream man. And even though Tess lies to George about being somebody she's not (a vegetarian outdoorsy type of person) just so George will find her more attractive, Jane doesn't interfere and let's the man she love fall more in love with her sister who is being fake.

          Kevin continues to try and pursue Jane, with initial failure, but she keeps running into him every now and then, and eventually, Jane finds out Kevin actually works under a pseudonym and is in fact the writer of the wedding announcements page, and she has always been a fan of that writer. Kevin is constantly crossing paths with Jane, and she eventually starts warming to him, although she still doesn't forget the fact she's still in love with George.

          It's very obvious at the beginning that she will end up with Kevin, so for me, the movie was quite predictable, but it's a fairly enjoyable sort of a movie. Katherine Heigl is cast well in her role as Jane, a ver down-to-earth and likeable character. Other roles which are well cast are her boss and sister. Everyone else is fairly average, and serve their purpose without any standout roles. The movie isn't laugh out loud, and plods along quite gently.

          I don't think I would watch this film again, as although it was watchable, it really wasn't that memorable.

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          18.11.2010 13:00
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          One for the rom-com fans but not for me

          Okay, so this isn't my usual type of film. In fact, it's Romcoms like this that I usually steer clear of. However, it was on TV, I was bored and actually felt like something a bit sickly sweet and easy to watch. It was cheesy but I'm giving it a higher rating probably because of James Marsden and Katherine Heigl, which made the film much more watchable than it would have been otherwise.

          The film is based around the life of Jane, who we see attending a beautiful wedding. It's not long before we see she has an obsession because she's in and out of a taxi all night to be able to attend two weddings at the same time. Being addicted to weddings, she has a crazy amount of dresses in her wardrobe. How many? Yes, you guessed it: 27. It's quite sad really when you realise that she's in love with her Boss, George (Edward Burns), who doesn't seem to share the feelings. So we have a woman who loves weddings, who loves love, and yet is breaking her heart everyday she sees George. It gets worse when her sister comes to town and falls for George. Soon enough, her sister and boss are planning their wedding.

          Or should I say that Jane's planning their wedding, which must be a heart-wrenching thing for any woman in that position. However, it's clear the relationship isn't really the ideal love-centred bond that marriage should be based on, which further annoys Jane.

          Enter Kevin, a reporter whose eye has been caught by Jane and her strange obsession. Keen to write an article on her, we find out more about who Jane is and there are a few laughs along the way (though I didn't find them particularly funny). I wont spoil the storyline, but I think it's pretty obvious. I guessed what would happen right from the start; the sickly happy ever after with moral undertones that you could be wanting something so badly that you miss something better right under your nose.

          I did, however, enjoy watching Kevin and Jane because of who played them; they were quirky and easy to like, thus making the film. None the less, the being too predictable, not funny enough, a bit too cheesy and perhaps not as emotive as it could have been, let the film down.

          It may not be my cuppa tea, but it wasn't as bad as I had expected. It's quite colourful and lively, the cast is interesting and overall it was easy to watch if you don't want an original or particularly gripping storyline.

          2008
          107 minutes, rated certificate 12.
          RRP £19.99 (selling on HMV for £16.99 but I saw it on TV and wouldn't rush to own it or watch it again soon).

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          11.09.2010 11:47
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          easy to watch chick flick

          Katherine Heigl stars in this film as Jane the wedding obsessed control freak and James Marsden is Kevin the cynical 'go with the flow' wedding commitments columnist for a popular newspaper.

          Jane works as a PA for George (Ed Burns) the 30 something director of his own company. She should have moved on years ago but stays in her job because she is in love with her boss. She is ridiculously organised and spends all her free time organising events, weddings and hen nights for her friends.

          Jane and Kevin meet one night when Jane is bridesmaid in two weddings at the same time. Kevin's attention is drawn to Jane during one of the many exits from the wedding into a waiting taxi and gets a bird's eye view as she changes into her other bridesmaid outfit.

          Kevin gets talking to Jane and hitches a ride in her taxi. Jane leaves the taxi utterly disgusted by everything about Kevin and in the process leaves her filofax behind. Kevin takes this opportunity to learn more about Jane.

          The story between Kevin and Jane progresses as you would expect with her becoming increasingly annoyed by his continuous presence and him trying to work out what makes Jane the way she is.

          Kevin finally gets a break when Jane's sister Tess comes to visit while at a party Tess spots George, Jane's boss and unaware that Jane is in love with George they start dating. Within a couple of weeks they are engaged and Jane is planning their wedding. Kevin, or course offers to write a column about their relationship and wedding.

          Kevin and Jane start seeing more of each other as the wedding plans come together and the article soon becomes more about Jane than the 'happy couple'.

          To tell you much more about the storyline would give some of the best bits of the film away.

          Personally I love this film, it is a feel good chick flick with the inevitable happy ending. As with all chick flicks it is very funny and easy to watch.

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            05.07.2010 10:47
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            Average Chick Flick

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            Starring Katherine Heigl as Jane and James Marsden as Kevin are the leads. Katherine Heigl is from 'Greys anatomy' and 'Knocked up' fame. Kevin is of X-Men fame.

            Heigl stars as Jane, a romantic with quite an unhealthy obsession with weddings. She has been helping brides with their big day ever since she was small. She collects images and other suverniers and puts these in a scrap book/diary. She also has a special draw where she has all the dresses she wore at these weddings.

            The film begins with snapshots of Jane going to numerous different weddings. Then we see she has doubled booked herself and as a result she hires a cab for the night to take her to the weddings back and forth. Kevin is the handsome wedding reporter that helps her up when she is knocked down by women running for the bouquet. He goes through her diary which also contains his wedding reports that she has been collecting. Even though he writes wedding stories in a happy ending style he does not believe that there is such a thing, the reason for which is revealed toward the end of the film.

            Jane is suffering from unrequited love from her boss George (Edward Burns) who praises her work as his PA but is totally oblivious to the fact that she is in love with him. Jane will not do anything to show him her feelings much to the frustration of her friend Casey. Her character is supposed to be shy and a shrinking violet but this is not what comes across.

            Her sister comes to visit and she steals George's heart, not knowing that her sister is in love with him.
            I cannot reveal any more of the story or I'll give the ending away.

            I found that although Edward Burn's character was passive and caring the acting was a bit terrible as it seemed like he was just reading the lines with no real expression.

            The ending was so predictable as the story enfolded and I didn't really understand Kevin.

            There are some funny scenes in the film but I think this is more of a chick flick. It's a light hearted film based on romance.

            Overall a good chick flick but really predictable (but aren't they all). My main reason for seeing the film was because of the Heigl as her previous film 'Knocked up' was really good. If you like chick flicks then this quite good so I would recommend it.

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              04.06.2010 14:46
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              The story is about Jane Nichols, a woman who lives for weddings and hope she soon has a wedding for herself. Preferably with her boss George, who she secretly loves. But until then she visits and she organize many weddings and she already has attended a total of 27 weddings! And with every wedding she kept the dress! On one of the weddings she meets Kevin Dovle. Kevin writes for his newspaper about weddings and becomes interested in her story of Jane. Jane hopes that George will notice her, but when her sister Tess meets, he falls for her! They even go that quickly that he asks her to marry her and they ask Jane to organise the wedding and of course she can't say no. Meanwhile Kevin follows Jane and writes a article about her, but if she will ever have her own wedding?

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              The performances are ok, but I have the feeling that the actors have little to play with. Katherine Heigl plays Jane Nichols, the lead in this film. She is doing well and is believable in her role just missing that certain something special to it. She doesn't have so much that likeability factor in her and it just comes across a little bit to easy. Malin is the sister of Jane and the bitch of the story. She lies to get George what her sister of course doesn't like. Malin is doing good in this role. Further the performances are good for a romantic story, but it's nothing special.

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              There are some extras on the DVD including an extra about how the film came together. It includes interviews with the actors and behind the scenes. Nice extra to take a look at if you're interested. Additionally you have a extra about the 27 dresses. Just a nice amount of extra's.

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              Sometimes you watch movie sand often later wonder why you watched this movie. It is a typical movie under the category of predictable, unoriginal and a boring ending, but at the same time is easy to watch. It's just entertaining and good for like a Sunday when you got nothing better to do. The amount of extra's is nice.

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              Movie Length: 111 minutes
              Category: Comedy
              Year: 2008
              Director: Anne Fletcher
              Language: English
              Country: United States
              Extras: Yes

              Actors:
              Katherine Heigl as Jane Nichols
              Malin Akerman all Tess Nichols
              Edward Burns as George
              Judy Greer as Casey

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                14.05.2010 18:39
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                No need to shorten it, and I'll definitely wear... I mean watch it... again

                If you're looking for a girly chick flick, look no further.

                27 Dresses is 2008 film from Twentieth Century Fox and Spyglass Entertainment, running at 106 minutes its not too long to sit back and enjoy and is certified a 12 (due to moderate sex references and language - neither of which feature overly prominently). With Katherine Heigl and James Marsen featuring in the leading roles, and written by the screen writer of Devil Wears Prada.

                The movie itself was a success from day one, despite some less than kind critical reviews, it has a quaint charm as it studies the life of Jane, a workaholic, in love with her boss and, of course, obsessed with weddings - her purpose in life is weddings, and she is quite clearly amazing at them with her glorious array of Bridesmaid dresses (27 - you see where this is going don't you?) from Weddings she has been a key part of organising. So of course, with a boss you're in love with, sassy best friends, your sisters wedding to organise and a handsome but all be it unlikely stranger is it any wonder something has to give?

                The plot unfolds in a typical chick flick style, but is charming nonetheless - and although predictable in places it remains captivate and amusing - for the dresses alone it is definitely worth a watch, and is perfect to cheer you up or help you relax, not to mention at a typically girly sleepover!

                Jane, played by Katherine Heigl who graced our screens in, most predominantly, Greys Anatomy, is a delight to watch - capturing every depth of Jane and giving a consistently entertaining performance, her comedic skills are divine and timing impeccable, particularly opposite James Marsden (He plays the Prince in Enchanted, and is in Hairspray) is a delightfully sarcastic and utterly charming, whilst still smouldering stranger - who wouldn't love him? It also stars names such as Ed Burns, Judy Greer (in her usual, hilariously sarcastic best friend role - a delight as always) and Malin Akerman, who most recently stared in Couples Retreat, as the demanding little sister.

                The whole cast are fantastic, and worth watching for themselves, they truly drag you in and make you forget the fairly obvious moments.

                The DVD itself is good, with a lovely cover starring Heigl with a redesigned wedding dress, with a pink case and your usual special features; Deleted Scenes and Four featurettes : The Wedding Party, You'll Never Wear That Again, Jane's World and The Running Of The Brides.

                Overall, a wonderful movie for when you're feeling girly, and charming enough to make you watch it over and over again... I would definitely reccomend it, having loved it myself with a nice glass of something, candles, pyjamas and a huge bar of chocolate - who could fault it!

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                  30.03.2010 15:08
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                  This film is about the character Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigel), Jane is a really hardworking assistant to her boss George (Ed Burns) but the main reason for this is because she is in love with him. It seems as though the whole office knows this, and the only person who doesn't know and doesn't realise is him.

                  Jane is a really likeable person, she is also amazing at anything that needs organising and because of this she has been a bridesmade 27 times, she also has all the dresses in her cupboard to prove this. It helps that she also loves weddings as well, ever since she was a young child and she likes to take care of people.

                  Her sister Tess (Malin Ackerman) comes to visit and after dragging her out to a work party she meets George and they fall in love. This is the man that Jane loves, will she get her man in the end? She also becomes closer to Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) Who is a wedding journalist. But does he love her or is he just using her for his career.

                  This film is a typical chick flick, I really enjoy films with Katherine Heigl I find her a really appealing actress and she manages to keep my attention throughout the film. The scene that I love in this film is the Bennie and the Jets scene. It just shows the pair getting closer and getting to know each other better until the unfortunate thing happens.

                  I didn't really think to much of the character George, I don't know whether this was because I didn't know him as a actor or whether it was because he was portrayed in this way but his character just bored me. As soon as he came on the screen I just wanted it to be over.

                  Saying that I did like the character Kevin, there is just something about him, something that's a little bit of a mystery whilst knowing everything about him. I think that this film is a bit more interesting than your normal chick flick, but not by much.

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                    30.03.2010 13:50
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                    Three stars from me - A fun rom-com!

                    27 Dresses was released in 2008 and stars Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman and Edward Burns.

                    A brief description of the plot is as follows...

                    Jane (Katherine Heigl) is always taking care of others which doesn't leave much time for a social life well apart from being a bridesmaid on numerous occasions. When Jane is a bridesmaid at two weddings on the same night she meets Kevin (James Marsden) a newspaper reporter who believes that Jane's life would make a great story.

                    However disaster strikes when Jane's younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) turns up. Almost immediately Tess becomes engaged to Jane's boss George (Edward Burns) the man Jane has secretly been in love with.

                    Will Kevin get his story and will Jane get her happy ending?


                    27 Dresses has a running time of 107 minutes and has a classification of 12, you can currently buy this film from Amazon or Play.com for £2.99.

                    There are some special features on the DVD which are -

                    Deleted Scenes
                    The Wedding Party featurette
                    You'll Never Wear That Again featurette
                    Jane's World featurette
                    The Running Of The Brides featurette


                    I don't really tend to bother with the special features apart from deleted scenes or outtakes but because this DVD has deleted scenes I did take the time to watch them. To be honest there isn't really anything too exciting but if you have a bit of time it doesn't hurt to watch them. If I get around to the other special features I will update my review.

                    Film / Plotline...

                    Well the plot to be honest is fairly predictable and you can see the ending coming a mile away. However this doesn't detract away from a decent storyline and the film progresses at a good pace. The film plays heavily on the always a bridesmaid thing and relies on the audience believing that the character of Jane can't get any dates. The thing is in a way it is kind of believable especially if she is in love with her boss therefore she would dismiss any interest from other men. There are some comedy moments but it isn't the funniest film I have seen and I wouldn't place too much emphasis on the comedy. It is more on the romantic side but I don't mind this. The film does have some good scenes especially involving the 27 bridesmaid dresses, I bet Katherine Heigl had fun trying them all on.

                    Characters / Actors...

                    I think that all the actors worked well with what they were given and they all portrayed their characters well but I really liked the character of Kevin I thought he was played very well by James Marsden. His character was a bit more interesting than the rest beacause you wondered what had happened to him to make him so cynical.

                    I would class the character of Jane as slightly annoying mainly because at times she is a complete door mat. As everyone walks all over her but again this is her fault and she should speak up. I liked how Katherine Heigl portrayed Jane as slightly annoying and willing to please but the character has plenty of charm especially when she gets drunk in a bar.

                    The character of Tess portrayed by Malin Akerman is perfect in this film to create some drama, she is selfish and doesn't think of the consequences of her actions. I think the interaction between the two sisters make for great moments in this film.

                    Overall Opinion...

                    27 Dresses will never win any awards but it has a certain charm and I do enjoy watching this film. The characters are fun to watch and even though you can guess the ending it is still a good film. The two leads share good on screen chemistry and I liked how they interacted.

                    This film is a fun rom-com that is perfect to watch with your family and friends. I would like to give it 3.5 stars but I have to knock half a point off as it could have had a little more comedy throughout.

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                      16.03.2010 16:24
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                      Great Romantic Comedy.

                      Released in 2008, 27 Dresses is a chick-flick about a girl who is always the bridemaid and never the bride.

                      Plot

                      Starring Katherine Heigl as Jane and James Marsden as Kevin, this film follows Jane. Jane has a hectic lifestyle running between weddings on the same day as she is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Having been bridemaid 27 times, she knows the ins and outs of organising a wedding and happily spends her time doing so. Whilst at a wedding, she bumps into Kevin Doyle who unbeknown to her is a wedding writer whose work she admires greatly. She strikes up a friendship with him eventually and shows him all wedding dresses. Kevin decides to use her story as an article for the paper and uses her to show marriage as a commercial entity. Meanwhile at work, Jane loves her boss George who meets and gets engaged to Jane's sister. Who will Jane end up with reliable George or writer Kevin. Watch to find out.


                      My Opinon

                      What really drew me this to this film was it's all star cast. I had previously seen Katherine in a couple of films and love her comedic style of acting. Her chemistry with James Marsen who played her on screen partner made this film great and believable.
                      The scriptwriting for this film was also very strong as it conventionally fit the genre Chick-flick whilst offering many comedic moments.... i ended up willing for the happy ending.
                      This film is completely cheesy and conventionally obvious but if you just want a relaxed evening in with a great romantic comedy, then watch this...

                      Worth a watch

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                        An amzind cast that deliver a great film for all to enjoy

                        This a great romance with an amzing cast who make it a film you could watch over and over again.

                        An all star cast including Katherine Heigl (Greys Anatomy), Ed Burns (The Holiday, She's The One) and James Marsden ( Enchanted and X-Men) 27 dresses is a must see for everyone who enjoys a great romance with a great story line.

                        The basic plot is Jane (Heigl) is always the bridesmaid and never the bride she's always dreamed of being. Secretly in love with her boss she dreams that one day she'll have the white wedding she's celebrated so many times with her friends. Then her boss meets her sister and before she knows it she's helping plan their wedding. Throw into the mix a handsome, dark stranger, and before there you have a great, heart warming story of a girl who's only wish is to meet the man of her dreams and walk down the isle in the dress she's always dreamt of wearing.

                        Rated 12 this film is great for a girls night in with a bottle of wine. It contains moderate sex references and language and a must see for all.

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                        This film is a brilliant chick flick thats has to be in every girls dvd collection.
                        It's story is so good and keeps you hanging on that you just want to watch again and again and again, its got a good story line to it with along side some great actors

                        *the story of the movie and cast*
                        It's about a women played by Katherine Heligl who is single and in love with wedding and her boss. she has been include in so many weddings where a dress but not the white dress of the bride, the dress of a bridesmaid. she has been made of honer for 27 weddings and is always in charge making them the way she thinks they will be magical.
                        Her life also as stated above is revolved around her boss as she is in love with him but when a vist from her sister her chance to tell him her feelings for him its ruined by her sister. She also is obsesed with wedding articles from news papers where the editor falls in love for her but uses her story of being a wedding freak and humilates her for his way to get higher in the buisness. but there is an ending you wont belive. is it good or bad?

                        *where you can buy this film and prices*
                        You can buy this from HMV, amazon, any supermarkets and ebay. Cost around £5 but if depeds where you buy it from


                        this is one film to be in your dvd collection

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                        Not bad for a rom com

                        Jane finds out at a young age that she is good at looking after other people. Her mother died while she and sister Tess were still young and Jane more or less brought Tess up. As an adult, she has successfully been bridesmaid at 27 weddings, but although in love with her boss, George, she hasn't managed to be a bride herself. Then sister Tess arrives to stay with her for a few days, meets and falls in love with George, and breaks Jane's heart. While organising George and Tess' wedding, Jane is pursued by Kevin, a journalist who professes to want to become involved with her. But is he, or is he just using Jane for a story? Will Jane win George back? Will she ever find happiness?

                        27 Dresses is very much a romantic comedy, a genre that I'm not particularly fond of. Nevertheless, I do like Katherine Heigl as an actress and so didn't mind watching the film as much as I thought I might. As Jane, Heigl is good - she comes across as being humble, intelligent, a bit of a doormat, but generally very likeable - perfect for the lead character. It isn't a stunning role, by any stretch of the imagination, but for the purposes of the story, she was more than adequate. Her sister Tess, played by Malin Akerman, was the complete opposite - selfish, go-getting and thoroughly annoying. This was obviously exactly how she was supposed to do, but Akerman did overdo things at times.

                        The men were rather more nondescript. James Marsden played Kevin and thankfully did grow on me during the course of the film, because to begin with, he left me fairly cold. I'm not familiar with him as an actor, which is perhaps one reason he didn't leave me with much of an impression, but his role was also unrealistic and more than a bit daft in the first third of the film. He does improve though, although I never really felt any chemisty between Kevin and Jane. Edward Burns plays George. Another actor I haven't come across before, I felt he was rather dull - although undoubtedly that is partly down to the way that the character was written.

                        I tend to be a bit of a cynic when it comes to weddings. I think that the wedding industry is overrated and the amount of money that people spend on what is really just one day of a life is scary. I was therefore concerned that the film would annoy me, presuming that it was going to be very much on the side of big weddings and extortionate costs. Actually, it isn't - one of the things Kevin wants to write about is exactly that and how it is not always necessary to spend a fortune to have a wonderful day. This made the film a lot more palatable for me, and yet was also enjoyable for my sister who wanted, and had, a big wedding.

                        The story itself was incredibly contrived at times and felt a little forced - the coincidences of Kevin constantly managing to track Jane down and Tess falling in love with George, Jane's boss and secret love, were a bit much to bear. Then again, it is a rom com and isn't meant to be taken too seriously. At nearly two hours, I could have done with it being around 20 minutes shorter - parts of it felt laborious around half way through, but thankfully, it did start to pick up again to stop me switching off from it completely. There isn't much about the story that is either fresh or original, but there is a certain charm that make it entertaining enough.

                        As a rom com, there was plenty of humour in the film. Jane, despite her beauty and ability to organise huge events, is a bit of a klutz, often putting herself in embarrassing positions. The script wasn't particularly funny though - it was definitely the action that kept things moving along in this area. The humour does allow for some particularly silly moments though - at one point, Jane follows Kevin onto a boat and hijacks someone else's wedding - not really something you can really imagine anyone doing. She also shows her sister up appallingly at a pre-wedding dinner, which just serves to bring her down to Tess' level. There are plenty of other moments that could be pulled to shreds as well.

                        There are a number of extras with the DVD. Firstly, there are some deleted scenes - as invariably happens, they were deleted for a reason and didn't really add anything to the film. Then there are four featurettes about various aspects of the film and wedding dresses. These didn't really interest me at all, so I just skipped through, but those with a more romantic nature will probably enjoy them. The behind the scenes extra, called 'The Wedding Party' is probably the most interesting.

                        Ultimately, this is a reasonable film that will please most lovers of rom coms who want the story to be romantic and funny and don't really care that it is full of stereotypes and predictable storylines. Katherine Heigl and James Marsden are very easy on the eye and there is plenty of colour in the weddings and clothes that Jane attends and wears. If you're looking for something easy and light-hearted to watch and you have more romantic bones in your body than I do, then you'll probably enjoy this, although it's definitely more for the girls than the boys. Three stars out of five.

                        The DVD is available from play.com for £2.99.

                        Classification: 12

                        Running time: 111 minutes

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                          Don't spend more than 5 pounds on it

                          I read a few reviews on 27 dresses saying that it is an average film or it is a good film. When I saw the DVD in Tesco for a few pounds (2-3 as I remember) so I decided to buy it and give it a go. I wasn't expected a drama I knew it will be a chick flick so I just enjoyed the development of the film.

                          27 Dresses is a romantic comedy directed by Anne Fletcher (Step Up, The Proposal). The screenplay was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). The film was released in January 2008. The running time is 111 minutes and the classification is 12 years and older.


                          Main Cast
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                          Katherine Heigl - Jane Nichols
                          Malin Akerman - Tess Nichols (Jane's younger sister)
                          Edward Burns - George (Jane's boss)
                          James Marsden - Malcolm Kevin Doyle
                          Judy Greer - Casey (Jane's friend)


                          Plot
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                          The film starts with presenting young Jane as she is at a wedding and helps her sister then the bride to fix her wedding gown. Then we are in the present and we see Jane as she is a bridesmaid. She undertook two weddings for one night so she hires a taxi for the night to bring her from one place to the other one and she changes her dress in the taxi. She tried to catch the bride's bouquet but someone pushes her hardly and she fells on the floor. Kevin helps her stand up and accompanies her in the taxi. He realised what Jane did but didn't understand her act. When he looked down he found Jane's planner fell on the ground of the taxi. He reads it before he gives it back to Jane moreover he has the intention to write an article about Jane and the industrialised wedding business.

                          Jane is a workaholic since she fell in love with her boss George. She does everything anytime for him. When Jane's sister Tess arrives to the party George can hardly take his eyes off Tess. They spend the night together and their relationship is developing very quickly. In a few weeks George proposes Tess and Jane couldn't say no to them so she starts planning their wedding. Can Jane release George?


                          My opinion
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                          I think this film was far behind The Devil Wears Prada in story and in several other aspects. It was a film you don't want to watch again and again (at least for me). The story was predictable and it wasn't really funny.

                          I liked the performance of Katherine Heigl. I think she is a talented actress. She was really funny when she was dancing on the bar in the pub and I liked her trying on all the 27 dresses. She had some catching plots as well.

                          In this film James Marsden was much better than in Enchanted regarding his acting skills. He sang only one song but it didn't highlight how good voice he actually has. He was brilliant in acting the cynical journalist.

                          I think the character of George was very plain. He seemed to be an emotionless guy who takes advantage of his hardworking assistant and doesn't even realise how she fells for him. He doesn't really appreciate her efforts. I have seen Edwad Burns in The Holiday previously but I can't really recall his performance and character to tell you the truth so I don't know how simple has been George's character for him.

                          To sum up 27 Dresses is an average chick flick with some funny plots and 1-2 catching moments. I think after 2 glasses of vine it would be funnier but I don't think I will watch it ever again. It had a very predictable story and although the performance of the actors was good I don't think I will be able to recall any of them after a few weeks. So this film is absolute average for me. Do I recommend it? Well, yes if you like light chick flicks. I think it was worth the 2-3 pounds I spent on the DVD but not more.

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