For The Love Of Film is UTG’s newest creation from film nerd and lover of all movies Justin Proper. Sometimes you need some help to figure out how to enjoy movies, and we are here to help! No longer will you need to fear movie night because your friends have no taste in film. With this column you will be able to love even the worst gems to ever grace the silver screen.
The romantic comedy. This genre of movie is usually a staple for date night (if there are no good horror flicks playing). Just a heads up but the gender stereotypes are about to come out (yes, I know some guys like rom/coms, this is just a numbers thing). The romantic comedy is usually categorized as a chick flick and they honestly are targeted at women. Most guys dread sitting through these movies. We get it, the girl is independent but really wants to find love. She hates that guy? I bet there is no way she will end up with him by the end of the movie. It is all the same stuff. What guys fail to realize is that even some of our favorite “guy movies” are romantic comedies in disguise. Just watch Shaun Of The Dead again and tell me otherwise.
I set out to watch 27 Dresses to prove that a regular guy could find some love for a straightforward romantic comedy. For those of you who have not seen the movie (lucky bastards) I will save you a wikipedia search and outline the plot right here because I am such a cool person. This movie is about a girl named Jane (played by the not really attractive Katherine Heigl) is a perpetual bridesmaid. She has been in 27 different weddings (thus accumulating 27 bridesmaids dresses) but cannot seem to find love for herself. She meets a guy (played by Cyclops) at one of the weddings who is cynical about love and sees it pretty much the opposite of how she sees does. Then Jane’s sister moves in with her and starts dating her boss (who Jane is in love with) and eventually her sister and her boss decide to get married. The reporter hired to do the wedding announcement turns out to be Cyclops, which is confusing for Jane because he seemed to hate love so much. A bunch of boring things happen and the wedding gets cancelled because Jane reveals her sister to be a liar. Then she falls in love with Cyclops but then they fight but in the end everything works out and Jane marries Cyclops blah blah blah credits.
The critics were pretty mixed over this movie. Some liked it, some did not. UTG’s own Jacob Tender has been quoted as saying “It’s totes good dude, Heigl is way hot and you wont even see the end coming.” or something similar to that. Common complaints of the film are that it was predictable and bland. Many have also claimed it is very similar to My Best Friend’s Wedding but I cannot speak to that as I have not seen that movie. Any way you look at it this movie was not made with the average guy in mind as it’s target.
I know by now you have to be thinking “Isn’t this supposed to be about how you like movies?” and that is a fair thought, I have bashed 27 Dresses pretty severely. I did find some enjoyment, though. There are a few ways to get through this movie and not hate yourself afterwards. The first thing I did was pretend James Marsden was Cyclops the whole movie. Yep, Scott Summers is a romance columnist when he is taking a break from fighting Magneto and Juggernaut. Whenever he was not on screen I pretended he was off fighting some super villain or flying the X-Jet around or arguing with Wolverine about something.
Other than that your best bet for enjoying this movie is to find yourself in it. Sure, you may hate love and weddings and all that, but pretty much everyone has been in a situation where someone else you know is dating someone you want to be with. That is a pretty universal feeling that most people can relate to. If that does not do it for you then try relating to a different character. Maybe you have lied about your personality to trick someone in to marriage (my dad insists to this day that is how he ended up with my mother). Maybe you have been on the other end of that. No matter what way you look at it there has to be an aspect of one of the characters you relate to. Find that character and latch on, the movie will be over soon enough.
Let me just say that I do not hate romantic comedies. I know it might seem like I do after reading that, but really, I just hate Katherine Heigl movies (Knocked Up is the only exception). I hope I helped you get through your next viewing of 27 Dresses a little easier. In order to decide what I watch next week and try to enjoy I need your help. Comment below with a movie you think I will hate and pick a number between one and one hundred. Whichever comment is closest to the number I have in my head right now decides what I watch. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter, if you are into that sort of thing.