29 January 2009

DVD: "27 Dresses" - Widescreen Edition

27 Dresses
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden
DVD Release Date: 29 April 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Language, Some Innuendo and Sexuality)
List Price: $19.98

The Film
First of all, kudos to Ignition Print for designing one of the most interesting movie posters of the last ten years.  In an era of computer generated images and Drew Struzan wanna-be's, it's nice to see some good ol' fashioned creativity at work.  Unfortunately, the same cannot necessarily be said of Anne Fletcher's film.

27 Dresses
 is one of those romcom's (that's 21st century lingo for "romantic comedies," don't you know?) that made no real effort to disguise itself.  From the trailer, it was clear that Katherine Heigl's character, Jane, has been cursed to a life of "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," and things get "complicated" when she's cajoled into service for her sister's wedding...to the guy she herself has secretly been in love with all along.  Naturally, a confrontation ensues in which Jane finally asserts herself, and in the span of about twenty minutes everything is wrapped up quite neatly in time for a feel-good ending.

Of course, the real reason to watch the film isn't for plot twists, but rather for the actors on screen.  Heigl and James Marsden just look like people you want to see together in a film.  So what if their characters have indespensible incomes and everyone is attractive in their world?  It doesn't matter that 95% of us can't relate to their world; we don't watch movies like this to relate to people.  We watch them to fantasize for an hour and a half (or two) about what life might be like without the mundane distractions of psycho bosses, bill collectors or ugly people.  (We also watch them because our wives rent them from Redbox.)

The DVD
The bonus features of this DVD are fairly generic, really.  There are three deleted scenes, none of which are mandatory viewing, and the while the four featurettes attempt to analyze different components of the film's origins, only one is even interesting.  That featurette, "You'll Never Wear That Again!" chronicles the wardrobe staff's efforts in building the titular collection.  As a Redbox rental, I did not have time to play the commentary track, and am not definitively sure it even has one.

The Recommendation
If you're not into chick flicks, the up side is that should you be compelled to sit through this, it's not so bad.  For those who are into the genre, it's certainly worthy of a rental and possibly even worth picking up on sale (or used).  I cannot advise anyone, even fans of Heigl, to pay full list price.

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