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27 Dresses

27 Dresses

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: 3 deleted scenes (6 mins 16 secs); Four featurettes: The Wedding Party (13 mins 34 secs); You’ll Never Wear it Again (6 mins 37 secs); Jane’s World (4 mins 34 secs); The Running of the Brides (5 mins 2 secs).

GREAT chemistry can give a boost to even the most formulaic of movies and so it is that Katherine Heigl and James Marsden help to enliven the otherwise predictable romantic comedy 27 Dresses.

The attractive leads combine to create some wonderful bickering and some genuine passion in a film that’s as easy on the eye as it is on the brain.

Heigl plays Jane, a wedding co-ordinator with the hots for her boss (Edward Burns), who finds herself heartbroken when her sister (Malin Akerman) snaps him up in front of her.

Forced to play wedding-maker (and bridesmaid for the umpteenth time), Jane sets about doing her best for the happy couple, all the while oblivious to the advances of a cynical wedding journalist (Marsden) who becomes intrigued by her wedding obsession.

Having shone in last year’s Knocked Up, Heigl continues to underline her leading lady credentials with a frothy performance here – mixing moments of slapstick hilarity with some nicely observed insecurity.

Her enthusiasm is infectious and needs to be – as director Anne Fletcher certainly keeps her busy rushing from one wedding to another and modelling all manner of dresses. But Heigl never looks out of her depth and her character exhibits some welcome flaws that make her all the more endearing.

Marsden, too, brings a believable cynicism to his role as the wedding columnist and never overplays the more obvious moments, no matter how cheesy (a drunken karaoke sing-along in a bar is one of many nicely played highlights).

And while the outcome of their story is never really in doubt, he still works hard to ensure that you care about whether he’ll eventually get the girl.

Of the supporting players, Burns and Akerman don’t fare quite as well as the boss and sister, respectively, emerging as either bland or ditsy, but Judy Greer is a blast as Jane’s best friend (who doesn’t mix her words).

Fletcher also makes good use of the fashions, weddings and New York locations and very rarely runs out of steam in spite of an overly generous running time.

The overall result is an extremely engaging experience that offers an easy “I do” for the romantically inclined.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 111mins
UK DVD Release: July 28, 2008