Top Ten Favorite Romantic Comedies - Number Eight, 27 Dresses
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman
Synopsis: A single woman who has served as a bridesmaid a shocking 27 times wrestles with the prospect of supporting her sister at the altar on number 28, despite having fallen helplessly in love with her smitten sibling’s handsome husband-to-be. Jane has the kind of altruistic traits that everyone looks for in a friend, yet lately the perennial bridesmaid has begun to feel as if something is missing in her life. One night, local newspaper reporter Kevin spots the devoted bridal attendant racing between receptions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and quickly surmises that her quirky tale may be just the story to get him off the bridal beat and into the big time. Immediately suspicious of the cynical reporter’s motivations, Jane butts heads with Kevin just as her younger sister Tess shows up in town. While Jane has always put the needs of friends and family before her own wants and desires, she’s suddenly prompted to reevaluate her priorities when her boss — with whom she is secretly in love — falls for her younger sister Tess. For as far back as Jane can remember, she has sacrificed her own happiness for the sake of those she holds dearest, but now that her heart has been broken, she’s finally found the courage to be honest with herself. Now, as Jane finally comes to terms with her true feelings, her life begins to change in ways she never expected.
What I Love About This Movie: This is one of those romantic comedies that is so girly it’s kind of ridiculous, but there is something about it that makes me watch it every time it’s on. It’s one of the few roles I’ve liked Katherine Heigl in. I’ve always related to the main character in situation and personality — though my own certainly not to the altruistic extreme that is often portrayed in this genre. I also relate to the experience she has with her irritating sister. I’ve always loved movies where the main character is in love with someone else but has a change of heart, because it adds a tinge of realism. Emotions are complicated and changeable. There are a few scenes that are absolutely hilarious, particularly the part where a drunk Katherine Heigl and James Marsden sing “Benny and the Jets” as they stand on the bar. Pretty hysterical.