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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Movie Review:27 Dresses

Premise:A woman who has been a bridesmaid multiple times reluctantly plans the wedding between her crush and her sister.

Cast:Katherine Heigl as Jane, James Marsden as Kevin Doyle, Edward Burns as George, Malin Akerman as Tess, Judy Greer as Casey, David Castro as Pedro

Director:Anne Fletcher

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.

Genres:Romance, comedy

Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to 20th Century Fox.

Pros:The contrast of viewpoints between Jane and Kevin.

Cons:Mediocre story. Not that funny. Gets bad near the end.

Since she was a little girl, Jane has known she was born to be a bridesmaid. She loves weddings and helping her friends find happiness so much. She even is willing to grit her teeth and help out when her boss (and long-time crush) decides to marry her obnoxious little sister, Tess.

I don't watch that many romantic comedies. I'm more an action movie type. But with tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I figured a little romance would be appropriate. It's pretty average as far as that goes. The story doesn't go as far as it should, nor do the characters. It was billed as a romantic comedy, but there's very little humor coming into play. There are a couple amusing bits, but not nearly enough to consider it a comedy.

Part of the film's focus is to contrast Jane's idealistic love of weddings with Kevin's cynical opinion of marriage. He calls it the last legal form of slavery and like believing in Santa; Jane does not like this at all. But they both end up with good points. It's one of the best things about the movie.

Part of the conflict seems to be Jane's inability to say no. But the film fails to tell us why this is such an issue. Tess's wedding is indicated to be the only one Jane didn't enjoy planning. So are we suddenly supposed to be happy when she makes a big decision regarding her history as a supportive friend?

All in all, it's a cheap movie if you desperately need something romantic. Otherwise, you probably won't want to see it more than once.

Sex:Jane's friend Casey declares the only reason to wear an ugly bridesmaid dress is in the hopes a drunken groomsman will tear it off with his teeth. Other such comments include "I spend two days in bed with a guy and you get flowers," and "What good is it being appreciated if no one is naked?" She also jokes Jane should have sex with George, get pregnant, and have a shotgun wedding. She sarcastically remarks a favor Jane does for George will cause him to drag her into his office for lovemaking.
One of Jane's "dresses" is from a wedding where the women wore suits and the men wore dresses. Women show off leg and cleavage. Jane changes clothes in the back of a taxi, telling the driver she'll give him $300 for the whole night but each time he looks at her, he loses $20. She ends up giving him only $140. Kevin sees her and compliments her on her thong. Jane later uses the same cabbie, who's disappointed she has only one dress.
Kevin and Jane drunkenly kiss in a car and implicitly have sex. Tess hints she and her date got intimate. She and George make out on the couch. Jane sarcastically says her sister getting married first will allow her to have hate sex with random strangers. Someone wonders why Kevin isn't having sex with all the romantic stuff he writes. This same friend brings up the benefits of married women calling you. Casey calls Jane Kevin's biggest fan in a non-creepy way. She also says:"You clean up nice, I might even be into you."
Of course people kiss. In one case, they do it twice to test their chemistry. A young boy calls Tess hot-looking and wonders if she'll go for him. Tess hears George say "shagging flies" during a baseball game and asks if they're going to shag now. One wedding was called off because of the bride's promiscuity. Suggestive photos of a woman are used to humiliate her.

Violence:To snap Jane out of a moment of twitterpation, Casey slaps her. Jane slaps Kevin after he hurts her. Tess throws things at Jane. A car runs off the road. Jane is knocked to the floor, causing her to black out. Kevin calls her close to blowing her brains out.

Drugs & Alcohol:Drinking happens regularly throughout the movie. Jane and Kevin get drunk at a bar and sing karaoke. Casey invites Jane to join her and some guys for tequila and bubble wrap. Jane gives people Wine of the Month memberships and reveals she sometimes gets free Gew├╝rztraminer.

Language:"G*d", "s**t", "b**ch", "crap", "b****rd", t*tties", "h*ll", and "a**" are all used. A bride starts to say "f**k", but substitutes "heck" when she sees a kid around. Another substitutes freaking. A frustrated Jane screams a partially censored "Motherf**ker." Tess calls Kevin an a**hole for calling her "bridezilla".

Gross stuff:A young Tess tells her dad she needs to pee. Jane helps brides use the toilet while they're in their dresses.

Spiritual:Weddings take place in churches, of course. One of them is Hindu and Jewish. Another has a goth theme. Jane goes to a yoga class. Casey says Tess's voodoo hypnotizes men. A toast calls a couple "divine", their love "the stuff of myths, and the relationship "designated by the gods." Kevin cynically paraphrases Scripture by saying "Love is patient, love is kind, love means slowly losing your mind." He sarcastically says "God bless you," and wonders if Jane has any needs of her own. She replies sarcastically "No, I don't. I'm Jesus."

So what do you think of it?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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