27 Dresses on DVD

27 Dresses on DVD. After the magical toy stores, talking warrior polar bears, and homeless ex-boxers, it’s nice just to fall back on the familiarity of the romantic comedy. Since I didn’t watch Roswell or Knocked Up and I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, my only exposure to Katherine Heigl has been her red-carpet appearances, where she seemed stylish and personable. However pleasant those characteristics are, they don’t necessarily translate into the comic ability to carry a film, especially one with only her name and picture appearing on the DVD box front. Fortunately, the script about a woman who’s been a bridesmaid twenty-seven times relies less on bold comedic dialogue and timing and more on character development. Heigl’s “Jane” isn’t bitter about constantly holding the bouquet for others; she’s a romantic who loves the atmosphere of weddings and helping others, though she refuses to help herself by expressing the love she feels for her boss. Normally at this point in a romantic comedy, we’re introduced to the catalyst character; the one who creates the love triangle and pushes the story towards its ultimate happy ending. Here, we’re given not one, but two catalysts: Jane’s sister Tess and newspaperman Kevin Doyle. Although the director wants viewers to initially like Tess and fall for Kevin’s roguish charm, I found both to be deceitful liars from the start. Despite their flaws, they do complete the love quadrilateral, which gives the film more angles and depth than others and allows for more plot twists than one typically gets in this type of movie. Heigl is in almost every scene and gives a solid enough performance that I would watch her again, though I won’t be adding to my Thursday night television viewing. I do want to mention Judy Greer, who does the “best friend” role again very well.

This film does not have the comedic punch of other wedding-related films, such as Runaway Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral, or The Wedding Planner, but it stakes its own place within the genre nicely.

The bonus features on the DVD are pretty standard, but the closing credits to the film show some creativity.


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