Terribly Awesome!: 27 Dresses

Just another Manic Monday? Wish it was Sunday? Nothing beats a case of the Mondays like a camp-out. And we ain't talkin' s'mores, sing-a-longs and psycho killers. We're talking about getting in touch with your guilty pleasure zone. That's right, every Monday we'll be bringing you the best of the worst. It's gonna be awesome - and terrible! - all at the same time.

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27 DRESSES (2008)

One of the cheesiest rom-com sub-genres is definitely the wedding rom-com. You know, the one where the sweet, hard-working, young woman gets stuck in the midst of a wedding she wishes was hers. They're predictable, corny and always have a happy ending. 27 Dresses is no exception.

Katherine Heigl takes the lead as an obsessive assistant who is secretly in love with her boss and whose life is completely absorbed by wedding planning--dress fittings, registering the bride and groom, picking the linens-- and her duties as a loyal bridesmaid. Of course, she's never confessed her true feelings to her boss and when her younger sister comes into town for a visit and steals him away, Jane's (Heigl) life is ruined. And to top it all off, she's being pestered and followed by a hunky journalist who's crushing on her. (Wait, why is that an issue?)

It's completely a guilty pleasure. Do not watch this film if you're looking for a complex narrative, break-out acting or brilliant directing. Watch this film with your favourite bag of potato chips, gummy bears and a Snuggie. Get ready to see lame done right.

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Katherine Heigl
You either love her or you hate her. If you cheered when she announced she was leaving Grey's Anatomy, then you'll probably want to skip this film.

The opening scene
Can an 8-year-old really fix a torn wedding dress as quickly and seamlessly as a professional tailor just moments before the bride walks down the aisle? Can we even make believe it's possible for a moment? No and no. Impossible. Ridiculous.

Heigl's dancing
Ok, we know she's an actress, not a dancer, but Heigl has no moves. Shoulder shifting and arm flailing do not count. Sorry, Heigl.

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Charlie (Edward Burns) is supposedly Jane's fairy tale prince yet he possesses no attractive qualities (unless you're superficial). Actually, he possess no qualities at all. He's as flat and dull as a piece of cardboard. And he constantly speaks in whisper.

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The infamous dress scene
You've probably heard about it or seen it in trailers and it's just as terrible and awkward as it appears. Even Heigl looks like she's not enjoying it. Twenty-seven dresses, 27 uncomfortable poses, one embarrassed Heigl.

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Insane weddings
Who has a cowboy wedding where bridesmaids ride horses? Who has an exaggerated 80s goth wedding? Who gets married underwater? And how is Jane invited to them all? Unless she's friends of Dolly Parton, Siouxsie Sioux and Michael Phelps, it's just not believable.


Katherine Heigl
You either love her or you hate her. When Grey's Anatomy gave her a shitty character arc, she called them out. She knows she's better than that and her fans do too.

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Judy Greer
Greer is the rom-com best friend. While it's probably not how she wants her career to be remembered, Greer fits the role perfectly, as she's shown us in The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30 and again here.

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James Marsden
He needs no explanation.

"Bennie and the Jets"
One of Elton John's grooviest hits. Just the thump of the piano gets you in the singing mood and ready to dance your heart into the wild night. Kevin (Marsden) and Jane feel the groove too when they bust out on the bar top. Not to mention, it's one of the few (maybe only) real moments in the film.

Jane's diss
When Jane reaches her breaking point and threatens Tess (Malin Akerman), saying that she's going to tell George about her lies, Tess says, "You definitely wouldn't hurt me; I'm your sister!" to which Jane smacks her with "That was yesterday. Today you're just some bitch who broke my heart and cut up my mother's wedding dress." Pow! We weren't even expecting it.

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