27 Dresses (PG-13)

Comedy 107 January 18, 2008
By Robert Wilonsky
Here's a forgettable, formulaic comedy so predictable that seeing it and skipping it are the exact same thing. Fox sneak-previewed the movie during the holidays, between the Christmas buzz and New Year's hangover, and like everything else consumed and digested during that period, 27 Dresses was little more than empty, leaden, stomach-ache-inducing calories all but already forgotten. It stars ... oh, yes, wait. Katherine Heigl, right. She plays plain Jane, the bridesmaid who's never the bride. She's in love with her sportswear-making boss (Ed Burns, seemingly in every bad movie this month), who only has eyes for Jane's sister, Tess (Malin Akerman). Through circumstances slight and silly, Jane meets Kevin (James Marsden, still singing), a wedding columnist for a New York Times knock-off who's as creepy as he is charming. The guy is one Post-it note away from stalking, though movies like this play that kind of boorish behavior as lovey-dovey cute. Ultimately, Jane betrays Tess, Kevin betrays Jane, and everything falls apart until everyone comes together. And if you think that's spoiling anything, you should see your first movie in the near future.
Anne Fletcher Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Judy Greer, Edward Burns Aline Brosh McKenna Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman 20th Century Fox