Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dueling Reviews: 27 Dresses

Published in the Eureka Reporter's E - 2/8/08

Point: David Elliott, Copley News Service

(no stars)

“27 Dresses” only seems like a lobotomy. In fact, this is public surgery to install a new vacuum tube for airheads into the generic chick flick, model 2008.

Katherine Heigl, who is herself like a new model (of Ashley Judd, with a petal or two borrowed from media dandelions Britney and Paris), stars as Jane. A New York office workaholic, her real-life mission is to make weddings perfect. She always appears as a bridesmaid, and floral dresses jam her closet.

Jane is wry, creative, lovely, adorable, but naturally her caring, sensitive boss never notices her crush on him. No, George (Edward Burns) is too busy being adorable himself. And bypassing Jane for her sister, Tess (Malin Akerman), a grabby blond who is like cellophane with teeth.

How can you, without benefit of coma, forgive people who make a movie this bad? How can you understand anyone needing to see it? If this is comedy in 2008, then Sly Stallone can follow his new “Rambo” with a remake of “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.” A 20th Century Fox release. Director: Anne Fletcher. Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna. Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes. Rated PG-13. 0 stars

Counterpoint: Melody Stone

(3.5 chick stars)

“27 Dresses” leaves unmarried girls excited and married women frustrated. It paints a beautiful picture of everything weddings could be, and a girl who still has that perfect day to plan will be filled with ideas and a warm, happy heart. A married girl will be reminded of the hell it was planning her wedding. She didn’t have a Jane (perfect best friend simply working making sure your day is the perfect one) for a maid of honor; she had a Tess (the vapid jealous prima dona sister). She didn’t have the budget of a New York executive; she had a measly $2,000.

Despite the frustration some married women might face coming out of this movie, they can’t resist the adorable story. Katherine Heigl is funny and sexy, a hard combination to pull off. Her character is an over-the-top enabler, and while as a chick one might be able to suspend one’s disbelief, most men couldn’t. Yes, it’s fluffy, delightful, chick-flick magic. Let’s grade it as such. It’s not a Jane Austen flick; it’s not the next “Sleepless in Seattle,” but it’s a movie that gets your little heart pumping and provides an escape from messy houses, boyfriends who don’t give flowers, and anything else a woman wants to escape.

I’m giving this movie 3.5 chick stars. Because movies are not all created equal and you can’t compare “Die Hard” with “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.” So don’t.

My advice: Grab a couple of girl friends, and make for a delightful afternoon swooning over the hunky leading man and dreaming up your perfect day. Guys, avoid it like the plague, unless you want to win major good-boy points with your lady.

(Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)

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