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Dressed to depress

PUBLISHED: 17:37 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

THE saying always the bridesmaid never the bride is the starting point for this frothy, formulaic rom-com in which Katherine

27 dresses

DVD Cert 12A

THE saying 'always the bridesmaid never the bride' is the starting point for this frothy, formulaic rom-com in which Katherine Heigl plays a serial bridesmaid who has stood on the sidelines in teary-eyed resignation 27 times, collecting the dresses each time.

Jane is a young Manhattanite who is obsessed with weddings. However, despite being outrageously attractive she can't seem to find a man to marry. Instead she has to make do with reading newly-wed's declarations of love in newspaper columns and involving herself as much as possible in other people's wedding plans.

She has a secret crush on her boss George (Edward Burns) but is unable to pluck up the courage to tell him and misses her chance for good when her plucky sister Tess (Malin Akerman) sweeps him of his feet. A few weeks later Jane is faced with the depressing prospect of planning her sister's wedding to the man she loves. The story moves from A to B in the most predictable manner imaginable and there are a number of cringe worthy set pieces that reach a nauseating peak with a dress changing montage in which Jane twirls and grins her way through all 27 of her bridesmaid ensembles back to back.

Despite the poor script and tired old set pieces the excellent Heigl does her best to breathe some form of life into the stale goings on. Beautiful, spunky and blessed with a natural understanding of comedic timing, she is the perfect choice for a rom-com lead but seeing her in this humdrum affair so soon after her impressive turn in the infinitely better Knocked Up just makes everything seem even more old-fashioned and unoriginal.

Fluffy, clichéd and sickly sweet, 27 Dresses is best left for the die hard chick flick brigade.

* 27 Dresses is released on Monday.

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