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Jane Nichols (Heigl) loves weddings, which is good because she's been a bridesmaid so many freakin' times. Her own matrimonial prospects look bad because she has an unrequited crush on her boss George (Ed Burns), who is now about to marry her sister Tess (Malin Akerman). Even more annoying is journalist Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), a wedding-hater who sees in Jane a great human interest story.
As romantic comedies go, this doesn't disappoint since Heigl and Marsden actually have some comedic timing and charisma. Sure, it's fluffy and predictable, but a little non-threatening escapism that actually works isn't always a bad thing.
DVD Bonus Features:
The Good: Given the film's title, it's no surprise that the best extras on the disc center on dresses. The feature "You'll Never Wear THAT Again" gives viewers insight into how the actual 27 dresses were discovered by costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas, and how she was encouraged to always find something uglier and over-the-top. The most fascinating feature is a short piece on "The Running of the Brides," the name given to Filene's Basement one-day sale extravaganza for all their wedding dresses. It's fascinating to see the lengths women will go -- camping out overnight, traveling cross country, having a bargaining strategy, etc. -- to find their dream dress on the cheap.
The Bad: A couple other bonus features were just miscalculations. "The Wedding Party" is the requisite behind-the-scenes documentary, but it goes on so long and in such depth and detail, one wonders why a simple romantic comedy requires such dissection. "Jane's World" focuses on Production Designer Shepherd Frankel's work to create New York out of the Rhode Island location, the numerous theme weddings and Jane's various hangouts (home, work). Frankly, given the audience, focusing on just a handful of the more extreme weddings such as the goth or Indian ones would have been far more appropriate. Finally, it's easy to see why these deleted scenes got cut. Not only do they not add anything to the story, but a sequence in which Jane must save George's dog Gatsby from being snuffed by the Humane Society thanks to Tess' boneheadedness is just too grim for this film and would probably incite pure hatred for Tess in the viewers instead of mere tolerant annoyance.