Picks and Pans Review: 27 Dresses

updated 01/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Edward Burns, Malin Akerman, Judy Greer | PG-13 |

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ROMANTIC COMEDY

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. That's Jane's story. She's the excessively accommodating heroine of 27 Dresses, a maddeningly uneven but enjoyable romantic comedy. Jane (Heigl, of Grey's Anatomy) has preceded brides down the aisle 27 times, resulting in a closet stuffed with garish frocks. ("If you shorten it, you can wear it again," the brides always claim, falsely.) Jane's willingness to put everyone else's needs first is tested when her spoiled sexpot sister (Akerman) asks Jane to help plan her nuptials to Jane's boss (Burns), a businessman whom Jane—who's his assistant—secretly loves.

Heigl is endearing and can, given the chance, slyly set a punch line spinning. Marsden, who impressed recently in Hairspray and Enchanted and plays a reporter here, makes for a sexy potential suitor. And the incomparable Greer (13 Going on 30), as Jane's man-hungry pal, steals every scene she's in. So what's the problem? Dresses dithers, particularly during a slow midsection devoted to Ackerman and Burns' romance. We all know where the film is going, so let's get there already. If Dresses were 27 minutes shorter, it would be 100 percent better.

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