Review Date: April 22, 2008
Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna
Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman
Katherine Heigl as Jane
James Marsden as Kevin
Ed Burns as George
Take Marsden, for example. Could the guy be a bigger prick at the beginning of the movie? Not only is he boorish, but some of his behavior actually borders on the “stalker” side, to the point that I could see someone pressing charges against him in certain cases (he also looked like a cleaner-cut version of Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame). Heigl is no better, a gorgeous woman who as per most typical “romantic comedies” is clueless as to what’s wrong with her, and just wants to find the “right guy” to complete her (look in the mirror, honey…you’re a pathological liar who can’t say “no” to anyone). Ed Burns doesn’t help matters, even though his character is about as nice a guy as you could find in a movie, he’s too much on the other extreme: he’s perfect! Not only do they have him being great looking, rich, nice and philanthropic, but he also works with the Big Brother program and when someone messes up his plans for marriage in a major way, he blows it off the next day, like it wasn’t such a “big deal” and says something along the lines of “It’s fine, let’s just move on now.” Dude, this person just fucked up your plans to marry the woman of your dreams and you’re blasé about it?!? Nobody is that great! Burns was also pretty dull overall, and seemed like he wanted to be in an “Ed Burns movie” rather than this piece of shit. Malin Akerman should ask her agent to stop sending her out for these one-dimensional “bitch from hell” roles. She plays them well, but again…it’s kinda boring when there’s no real depth to the character.
All in all, these characters float around a made up story about this beautiful woman who is “always the bridesmaid, but never the bride”. In the old days, Meg Ryan or Sandy Bullock would play this role, but I guess Heigl is the “flavor of the day” these days, so she got the part. One thing she proved to me in this film is that she was not the reason that KNOCKED UP was such a success. She just doesn’t seem very funny to me. Maybe it’s just me though, not sure. The film’s plot “turns” were also ridiculous with the typical “misunderstanding” nearing the 3rd act leading to the usual “running after” the protagonist with only a few minutes left in the film (mind you, the protagonist wasn’t really going anywhere, so I’m not sure why there was a need to “run”, but I suppose that makes for better “thea-ta”). All in all, I can’t say that this film was offensively bad or anything, it may “pass the time” if your girlfriend insists that you watch it together, but really, it’s about as uninspired as they come, and in terms of laughs, I can’t say that I laughed out loud more than once the whole time. It does have a couple of cute romantic moments though. That said, if you loved THE WEDDING PLANNER, you’ll love 27 DRESSES! For a better/cuter version of this film, check out HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS.