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MOVIEGOER REVIEW:  27 DRESSES

There comes a time in every moviegoers life when you break down and go see a film that will make you feel good despite not being any good.  After all, people go to movies all the time to watch stories that make them happy.  I'm no different, which is why I went to see the harmless and happy "27 Dresses" starring Katherine Heigl, James Marsden and Ed Burns. 

The film is about Jane, an attractive company executive assistant (Heigl), whose life is served at work and at the alter, always standing beside the bride-to-be.  Twenty-seven weddings (thus the title) have come and gone and she's played a major role in each from planner to food-taster; she even holds the bride's dress while she goes to the bathroom.  But she's always helping someone else live out their fantasy rather than affording herself the time and luxury to fulfill her own.

She's in love with her boss George (Burns) who falls in love with her sister Tess (Malin Ackerman). Jane's heart breaks a little bit, but only in the tragedy of their mismatch does she find her own happiness.  He would be Kevin (Marsden), who writes a popular wedding column for a newspaper despite not believing in them.  His cynicism is based on being burned once before, so he naturally finds the entire enterprise, which he describes as "the last form of legalized slavery," quite absurd.

Jane and Kevin have some issues, but because this movie isn't supposed to make you want to jump out of a building, those issues give way to the better angels of their nature.  They let go.  They kiss.  They shag.

"27 Dresses" isn't a movie to remember, but it's not one to summarily dismiss.  Put another way, "27 Dresses" isn't a great movie, but it doesn't suck either.

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