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Predictable but utterly engaging, 27 Dresses will likely be remembered as the film that made Katherine Heigl an A-list star. At the very least, it's the film that places her in the forefront of a long line of actresses who have enjoyed quite the career playing America's Sweetheart.

As Jane, the living embodiment of the old adage "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," Heigl gets to play pure, selfless, smart, funny and - although everything about the film, from the script to the cinematography to the costuming, tries to play it down - beautiful. That she manages to embody all those adjectives while still remaining both accessible and believable is the film's (and her) greatest triumph.

27 Dresses (20th Century Fox) Starring Katherine Heigl, James Marsden. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Rated PG-13. Time 107 minutes.


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