Friday, December 28, 2007

26 Dresses

A few months ago I predicted that 27 Dresses would be my movie for the new year. It doesn't hit theaters until January 11, but yesterday I stumbled upon a sneak preview and I dragged K along. We were late (stupid parking in stupid SLC), so we only saw 26 Dresses (quip courtesy of K), but I still thought the movie was worth blogging about. (At this point, anything is worth blogging about as long as it's not my thesis.)

Please note that there will be spoilers, although none of them should come as a surprise if you've ever seen five minutes of a romantic comedy.

Katherine Heigl plays Jane, a perpetual bridesmaid and the owner of the 27 title dresses. Jane is super-organized, super-efficient, and super-super. She's super in love with weddings and romance and articles written by Malcolm Doyle, a wedding columnist for the New York Journal. She's also super in love with her boss George (note to self: blog about how George is not a sexy name), played by Edward Burns.
As mentioned earlier, K and I missed the 25th and 26th dresses because we missed the first ten minutes of the movie, but while wearing them, Jane meets Kevin Doyle (played by surprisingly adorable and just possibly outdoor material James Marsden). The next day, Jane arrives to work to find flowers on her desk and her sister Tess arrives from Italy and her super-glamourous life as. . . something. Missed that.

We can speed up this next part: Jane goes to party, George goes to party, George mentions he left something on Jane's desk, Jane assumes flowers, George means dry cleaning ticket, Tess shows up for drinks, George meets Tess. Oh, and Kevin sent the flowers.

Tess falls for George, George falls for Tess, and suddenly Jane is planning her sister's wedding to the man of Jane's dreams. In the meantime, Kevin is booking it after Jane--literally. In one of my favorite moments of the movie, Kevin returns Jane's day planner, but only after penning his name in every Saturday for the rest of the year.

Here's the spoiler/twist you may not see coming: Kevin Doyle is Malcolm Doyle. He's writing an article about Tess and George--but he's also writing an article about Jane's state as a perpetual bridesmaid. Hence the booking. Sad, because he really is cute. Cynical and cute make an excellent leading man.

The movie works itself out exactly as it's supposed to, complete with a boat scene and "Benny and the Jets." And most importantly, as K pointed out, Jane gets around to kissing both guys. We awarded the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars, mostly because Marsden wasn't on screen enough. He really was that cute.


Anna B said...

i miss you.

mlh said...

you could bring a picture of malcomn with you and just hold it in front of you so it's like a picture-in-picture of a cute boy all the time.

PS/ ice skating at Rockefeller center really IS that romantic. Unfortunately, I with my mom and sister-in-law instead of Seth Green. These things happen.

PPS/ I miss you.

PBS/ is down the hall from my brother's apartment.

N.F. said...

Ooh! I can't wait to see this movie!

Anonymous said...

probably i should see this, yes? but there's a weepie movie with john cusack coming out soon, and if i have to pick one, the blonde ex-mormon with the trampy taste in scripts loses out.

come hungry thurs.

Kris and Kally said...

I want to see this! Enjoying your blog by the way!

Anna B said...

ok, so i saw it. and he is so good looking. however, i feel like they need to rewrite the last 20 minutes or so. or maybe even the whole thing. the mean sister gig was out of character, i thought. and it didn't get resolved really. and we need to be more convinced that the kevin/malcolm character likes her and why. he mentions for a moment that he sees things in her...what are these things? he needs to articulate them more--either to her or to somebody else. and her speech was out of character and lame. and his line was total crap. and the benny and the jets scene was so funny, but not really enough to do what it needed to do. and the whole george kissing thing didn't totally work either. anyhow, so cute in the moment. and such a cute idea. but...

Ginsberg said...

editorgirl, I did not read this post. And yet, I comment anyway because when I first learned of this film's existence, I thought to myself, "I bet editorgirl is already making plans to see that movie. I bet she'll write a blog post about it, even." And here we are. I hope the film ended well and every one got married and is now living happily ever after in heterosexual coital bliss.

Sorry, that sounded bitter. And sorry about the "coital" usage. I haven't seen this actress in anything, but I ask myself why we need yet another skinny blonde girl. Doesn't Gwyneth fulfill our needs in that area quite nicely?


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