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E.C. Henry

Billy, thanks for "taking one for the team" and watching a show that going into it you had low expectations for. Like you, I too LOVE the romantic comedy genre, and tend to cringe when the powers that be crack out movies that fail to make the magic that the romatic comedy CAN deliver when excuted properly.

Haven't seen "27 Dresses" yet. After reading you review, it sounds like something to watch when it comes out on DVD. Even if a show bombs chances are there is some redeaming qualities about them. I LOVE watching tallent emerge. Was totally hoping "27 Dresses" put Katherine Heigl over the top, and made her the next Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan.

The romantic comedy genre needs good news. When's the next Judd Apatow going to take the industry by storm?!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Christina

Guilty.

I wrote an "always a bridesmaid" script back in early 2006 called Kung Fu Bridesmaid. Imagine wire fu in the 3rd act, when the humble bridesmaid has to tame her supposed best friend, the beast Bridezilla, as she stamps around before the wedding and yells at the caterers. The cake is one of the first casualties. Then, the main course - roasted leg of boar - is used a sword versus a chafing dish. You get the picture, it's Lucille Ball meets Kill Bill.

I never actually sent it anywhere but a couple of contests [ended up Austin 2nd rounder]. A friend at Dreamworks cautioned me the budget alone would stop it from ever being made. Still, I know it could flip 27 Dresses on its head.

binnie

I'm sure I won't see this movie, but the picture of Kathryn Heigl with the bindi on her head reminds me of how I met the man who is now my ex. We were both subbing for the regulars in a wedding band (me on vocals, him on keys) where the bride was Hindi, the groom was Jewish, and watching half the bridal party do the hora in saris was pretty wild. Things starting going downhill during the best man's speech, where he alluded to the fact that he and the groom had been much more than friends, and the groom's mother looked like she was about to have a stroke, and everyone else was just frozen. The bandmembers, who normally couldn't care less about who says what during a speech, were riveted, and I remember turning to my now-ex and saying, "If this wedding is over right now, do we still get paid?"

MaryAn

But looking at the different dresses was entertaining.

mernitman

E.C. -- given the movie's strong opening weekend, it looks like Katherine Heigl will get her shot at that Julia crown.

Christina: Your Kung Fu variant sounds better than the other five I read!

Binnie: Somewhere there is a session singer/player romantic comedy just waiting to be written...

MaryAn: See anything you like?

pat

You left the bland "The Wedding Planner" off your list of recent wedding movies, wisely I'd say. If you ever need a subject idea, I think a person could write a few thousand words on how annoying McGaunagirkle (however you spell that) is as an actor/male glamor puss.

Rosina Lippi

I'm going to play devil's advocate here and claim that a movie could still be good -- even great -- despite a formulaic structure and approach. If you could somehow wipe your memory clean (temporarily) just before you went into see one of those obligatory romcoms, you'd be free to judge it on its own merits and not in the greater context of every movie ever made. There's no Alzheimers in my family and I hope I'm not the first, but I also have to admit that there's something appealing in the idea of being able to experience certain things for the first time -- again. When Harry Met Sally, for example. Who cares that it's yet another retelling of best friends falling in love? All I remember from the first time I saw it was complete and utter fascination and delight.
I think I garbled my argument somewhat, but maybe something of it will survive.

Lis Fies

"with an industry that's flourished on codifying every aspect of this beloved ritual to the point of outre absurdity"

Thanks for bringing this travesty up. I find the emphasis on materialism over love so offensive, I can't imagine a young couple surviving the large debt we watch them accrue on their first day of wedded bliss! Hard to cheers them when I'm already picturing the divorce...

mernitman

Pat: If you don't have anything nice to say about Matthew McHuh?, then sit right next to me.

Rosina: Nothing wrong with the tried and true (I like comfort food, too). But even HARRY was "different," with its hopping through time, its "couple interview" bits, its very specific thematic bent ("can a man and a woman be friends?") and an execution of "the norm" that not too many rom-com writers have matched since... thus making it actually a classic, and not obligatory in the least.

Lis: I know!!!

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To honest i liked the movie, it was light and catchy with nice dresses :). Me and my girlfriend watched it on the weekend and had a great time.

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