“27 Dresses” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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All dressed up, this one still has nowhere to go. Which is especially disappointing, considering Aline Brosh McKenna’s uneven script does, on occasion, offer up a few promising moments.

Even drabbed down, Katherine Heigl shines as the not-so proverbial bridesmaid who’s never a bride. Jane’s reputation as the go-to girl for the nervously affianced is well earned, after standing up for 27 of her, we are told, nearest and dearest. And that being-there quality seeps its way into her pathetic personal life, too. Our heroine not only has unrequited hots for her boss (Ed Burns), her far more glamourous, needy sister (Malin Ackerman) shows up and steals him away with a glance. And, except for one, also unmarried pal, the girlfriends who demanded so much, seem to disappear after the big day. Predictably, it’s the initially Mr. Wrong, played nicely by James Marsden, who after several silly, booze enhanced encounters, turns out to not be so wrong after all.

Sure, we’ve seen this kind of thing before and whatever charm there once was in those loose and goosey sing along scenes has long since evaporated. But there are a few observations here that do make this one peek through its not very ambitious cloud. I dare any bridesmaid not to call up memories of helping a bride de-poof in the ladies’ room and the very concept of a closet door that won’t shut because of all that crinoline is the funny, honest stuff that could have made this puffy romantic comedy worth the R.S.V.P.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).