It's the ultimate overly-girlie chick-flick - complete with dilemmas over marriage, wedding dresses, true-love and broken hearts. What's not to like?

Jane (Heigl) is, as her name suggests, the plain sister in the Nichols household. Although beautiful, smart and great fun, she is constantly overshadowed by her loud, vivacious and very glamorous sister Tess (Akerman). All Jane wants is to get married in a pretty dress. All Tess wants is to have fun... on somebody else's credit card. So when Tess takes a shine to Jane's boss George (Burns), whom she is secretly infatuated with, it's a stroke too far for Jane, who is always the bridesmaid.

In fact Jane takes that saying very literally, acting as bridesmaid to 27 of her friends and acquaintances, just out of a love of being at weddings, organising weddings and being close to the action at weddings. Her wardrobe is overflowing with bridesmaid dresses and she is the toast of everyone's wedding. So when she runs into struggling social journalist Kevin Doyle (Marsden) at one of these weddings he thinks he's hit the jackpot. She is the perfect inspiration for a feature article but he'll need to lie a little bit in order to gain her trust, and Kevin has no problem with lying.

Katherine Heigl is great as the die-hard romantic, who refuses to let go of her dream of a big white wedding. She is quirky and neurotic and really brings a level of believability to the role, even if the overall story is dreadfully far-fetched at times. James Marsden complements her well, as the smooth-talking journalist, who thinks he knows it all, while Judy Greer steals most of the laughs as the brutally honest best friend.

'27 Dresses' does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a candy-coated chick-flick that oozes sentimentality and strives for the happy-ever-after with every predictable plot twist possible.

To find fault, you'd have to say that Edward Burns seems miscast as the boss, whom the sisters are fighting over. Dull and looking much older than his years, it's hard to believe that one let alone two beautiful women would be scrapping for his affections.

But '27 Dresses' isn't meant to be thought-provoking, or indeed anything more than fluffy entertainment, and as such it does its job. You'll giggle a bit (mostly at the horrendous bridesmaid dresses) and probably coming away feeling a little brighter and, in that respect, it serves its intended purpose.

Linda McGee

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