This month is February, and the season for love, so this month I am reviewing Romance! This next movie is one I recently watched with mommy while we were snuggled on the bed during one of our freak super cold snaps.
Jane (Katherine Heigl) is an amazingly organized and helpful ladybean who has managed to be a wonderful Maid of Honor to countless brides . . . well, to be exact, 27 brides. As the film opens, we see Jane rushing back and forth between two weddings that are being held on the same night . . . with her as Maid of Honor for both. This catches the eye of a man in the audience, Kevin, who happens to be the writer of the "Commitments" column in the New York Journal, and he sees Jane and her unique hobby as a way to further his career.
At the same time, Jane's sister Tess comes back to town to stay with her, and manages to catch the eye of Jane's boss, who Jane has been in love with for a long time. Soon Tess is engaged to marry Jane's crush, and is expecting Jane to be her perfect Maid of Honor. Jane finds herself planning the wedding of her sister to the man that SHE is in love with, while Kevin insinutates himself into her life by covering the wedding for his column. Despite herself, Jane begins opening up to Kevin and seeing him as more than the cynical and bitter man she first perceived him to be. Likewise, Kevin sees the warmth and generosity in Jane, and how it is expressed through her role of eternal bridesmaid.
However, the stress between the two of them begins to build as Kevin realizes the real reason Jane is upset about her sister's wedding, and as Jane finds out that Kevin pursued their relationship just to use her for an article. Can their relationship ever be healed? Will Jane's sister really marry? Does Jane even care anymore? Will Jane forever be a bridesmaid, and never be a bride?
This movie is well done. Katherine Heigl does a brilliant performance as Jane. Often, a kitty can tell exactly what she is thinking solely by her body language alone. Her expressive face and movements say more than any amount of words can. The story is painful, touching, and funny all at the same time. I give "27 Dresses" two paws up and a chirp!