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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Once Jane's finished showing the humiliating slideshow of Tess at the rehearsal dinner and giving a mocking speech that exposes all of the lies Tess has told, Casey approaches and tells her that even ''she'' thinks this was wrong. It's even lampshaded: Casey points out that her "moral compass doesn't exactly point north," [[EveryoneHadStandards so if she has a problem with Jane's actions, they must be bad.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Once Jane's finished showing the humiliating slideshow of Tess at the rehearsal dinner and giving a mocking speech that exposes all of the lies Tess has told, Casey approaches and tells her that even ''she'' thinks this was wrong. It's even lampshaded: Casey points out that her "moral compass doesn't exactly point north," [[EveryoneHadStandards [[EverybodyHasStandards so if she has a problem with Jane's actions, they must be bad.]]


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Once Jane's finished showing the humiliating slideshow of Tess at the rehearsal dinner and giving a mocking speech that exposes all of the lies Tess has told, Casey approaches and tells her that even ''she'' thinks this was wrong. It's even lampshaded: Casey points out that her "moral compass doesn't exactly point north," so if she has a problem with Jane's actions, they must be bad.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Once Jane's finished showing the humiliating slideshow of Tess at the rehearsal dinner and giving a mocking speech that exposes all of the lies Tess has told, Casey approaches and tells her that even ''she'' thinks this was wrong. It's even lampshaded: Casey points out that her "moral compass doesn't exactly point north," [[EveryoneHadStandards so if she has a problem with Jane's actions, they must be bad.]]

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* BaitAndSwitch: When it flashes forward to the present day, it shows Jane trying on a wedding dress and we're led to believe it's for her wedding day. However she gets a call and the camera pans out, showing she's actually being a wedding planner and bridesmaid and she was helping a friend find a dress that fits.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Tess, especially when she becomes engaged to George and asks Jane for help on the wedding planning.


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* LoveTriangle: Between Jane, George and Tess.


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* SiblingTriangle: Both Jane and her sister Tess are attracted to George and it only gets worse when Tess gets engaged to him. Lampshades by Kevin in a complaint.


''27 Dresses'' is a RomanticComedy, released in 2008, starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden.

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''27 Dresses'' is a RomanticComedy, released in 2008, starring Katherine Heigl Creator/KatherineHeigl and James Marsden.
Creator/JamesMarsden.

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* ThemedWedding: As Jane showcases her many bridesmaid dresses to Kevin, one of them comes with a parasol. Jane explains that it was for a themed wedding.


* FreudianExcuse: When Jane was a child, an aunt was in a panic because something went wrong with her wedding dress just before she had to walk down the aisle. Little Jane devised a solution, and her aunt not only praised her effusively, but even called her the wedding's hero. Jane herself explains that this was the moment that she realized she had a knack for wedding planning, and that she loved the joy her help could bring to others.

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* FreudianExcuse: When Jane was a child, an aunt her cousin was in a panic because something went wrong with her wedding dress just before she had to walk down the aisle. Little Jane devised a solution, and her aunt cousin not only praised her effusively, but even called her the wedding's hero. Jane herself explains that this was the moment that she realized she had a knack for wedding planning, and that she loved the joy her help could bring to others.


* IMissMom: Even though they were quite young when their mother passed away (Jane was eight and Tess was several years younger), her loss is implied to be a huge factor in Jane's personality, a cause of sadness in the family (especially for their father), and a significant contributor to several plot points.

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* IMissMom: IMissMom[=/=]MissingMom: Even though they were quite young when their mother passed away (Jane was eight and Tess was several years younger), her loss is implied to be a huge factor in Jane's personality, a cause of sadness in the family (especially for their father), and a significant contributor to several plot points.



* MissingMom: Jane and Tess's mom died when they were young.

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* AMinorKidroduction: the movie starts with Jane and Tess at their first wedding as kids. They see the bride in the bathroom with her dress ripped, so Jane takes Tess's hair ribbon to fix it. The bride then asks Jane to hold her train, showing the first time with her fate as a bridesmaid.


* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Everyone knows how Jane feels about George.
** Except George, who's completely ObliviousToLove.

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Everyone knows how Jane feels about George.
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George. Except George, who's completely ObliviousToLove.

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* VillainBall: Held by Kevin's editor, of all people. After Kevin [[HeelRealization begins to realize that he's treated Jane badly]] in his "perpetual bridesmaid" article, he calls his editor and asks her to hold the piece for a week. She agrees...then goes behind his back and runs the story anyway. Absolutely no justification is ever given for this; as someone on the Headscratchers page points out, the entire thing ends up feeling like a highly-contrived way to create tension between Kevin and Jane. Furthermore--and also appearing on the Headscratchers page-- [[CriticalResearchFailure publishing a story when an author has specifically requested it not appear]] opens the paper up to a big libel suit, something any editor worth their salt would know.


* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Jane reveals the truth about Tess at the rehearsal dinner and destroys the wedding, Casey, of all people, approaches her and questions why she did it. Jane tries to defend herself by saying that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo someone had to reveal the truth]], but Casey points out that all Jane ''really'' did was vent every bit of frustration she's ever felt all at once in a public setting, and that if she had done the right thing, she would feel better. Then comes the question: "Do you feel better?" The answer is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a very hard "no."]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Jane reveals the truth about Tess at the rehearsal dinner and destroys the wedding, Casey, of all people, approaches her and questions asks why she did it. Jane tries to defend herself by saying that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo someone had to reveal the truth]], but Casey points out that all Jane ''really'' did was vent every bit of frustration she's ever felt all at once in a public setting, and that if she had done the right thing, she would feel better. Then comes the question: "Do you feel better?" The answer is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a very hard "no."]]



* ExactWords: Tess, in full Bridezilla mode, writes the maid of honor speech she wants Jane to give at the rehearsal dinner for her, and tells her not to change a word. Sure enough, Jane delivers the exact speech that Tess wrote...but she pairs the lines with embarrassing photographs and reads the whole in a mocking way, which makes Tess look like a liar and complete fool.

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* ExactWords: Tess, in full Bridezilla mode, writes the maid of honor speech she wants Jane to give at the rehearsal dinner for her, and tells her not to change a word. Sure enough, Jane delivers the exact speech that Tess wrote...but she pairs the lines with embarrassing photographs and reads the whole thing in a mocking way, which makes Tess look like a liar and complete fool.


* ExactWords: Tess, in full Bridezilla mode, writes the maid of honor speech she wants Jane to give at the rehearsal dinner for her, and tells her not to change a word. Sure enough, Jane delivers the exact speech that Tess wrote...but she pairs the lines with embarrassing photographs and reads the whole in a mocking way, which makes Tess look like a liar and complete fool.



* FreudianExcuse: When Jane was a child, an aunt was in a panic because something went wrong with her dress just before she had to walk down the aisle. Little Jane devised a solution, and her aunt not only praised her effusively, but even called her the wedding's hero. Jane herself explains that this was the moment that she realized she had a knack for wedding planning, and that she loved the joy her help could bring to others.

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* FreudianExcuse: When Jane was a child, an aunt was in a panic because something went wrong with her wedding dress just before she had to walk down the aisle. Little Jane devised a solution, and her aunt not only praised her effusively, but even called her the wedding's hero. Jane herself explains that this was the moment that she realized she had a knack for wedding planning, and that she loved the joy her help could bring to others.



* IGaveMyWord: Jane claims that all twenty-seven of the brides she's helped over the years have promised to appear in her own wedding when the time comes...and sure enough, the final shot of the movie (when Jane is marrying Kevin) reveals ''every single one'' standing on a specially-built platform, each wearing the outfit that Jane herself wore in the corresponding ceremony.

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* IGaveMyWord: Jane claims that all twenty-seven of the brides she's helped over the years have promised to appear in her own wedding when the time comes...and sure enough, the final shot of the movie (when Jane is marrying Kevin) [[spoiler: Kevin]]) reveals ''every single one'' standing on a specially-built platform, each wearing the outfit that Jane herself wore in the corresponding ceremony.


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* HumiliationConga: The speech and slideshow Jane delivers at Tess and George's rehearsal dinner is one that Jane herself deliberately sets up for Tess: the pictures are not only extremely unflattering, they reveal all of the lies that Tess has told to win George over, ''in front of an entire hall full of people.''


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* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked in-universe by Jane. George has an adopted Latino son named Pedro, and at one point, Tess pays him to clean her apartment for her. During the speech/slideshow at the rehearsal dinner, Jane uses the information and a picture of the deed in question to deliberately suggest that Tess is racist for exploiting a Latino person for cleaning services.


* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Jane reveals the truth about Tess at the rehearsal dinner and destroys the wedding, Casey, of all people, approaches her and questions why she did it. Jane tries to defend herself by saying that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo someone had to reveal the truth]], but Casey points out that all Jane ''really'' did was vent every bit of frustration she's ever felt all at once in a public setting, and that if she had done the right thing, she would feel better. Then comes the question: "Do you feel better?" The answer is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a very hard "no."]]



* BitterWeddingSpeech: The main character gives a very sarcastic and bitter speech (which was actually written by the sister to be said under different circumstances so that the main character wouldn't "embarrass" her) at her sister's rehearsal dinner, revealing to her sister's fiancé that she (the sister) has been lying to him about various things and causing him to break off the engagement.

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* BitterWeddingSpeech: The main character gives Tess tasks Jane with giving her a very sarcastic and bitter maid of honor speech (which was actually written by at the sister to be said under different circumstances so that the main character wouldn't "embarrass" her) at her sister's rehearsal dinner, revealing to her sister's fiancé complete with a slideshow. Though Jane ''does'' recite the speech that Tess wrote for her, she (the sister) does so in an extremely sarcastic way, and pairs it with pictures that reveal all of the lies that Tess has been lying telling to him about various things win George over; it ends with the engagement being broken and causing him to break off the engagement. wedding called off.



* DefrostingIceQueen: A gender-flipped version with Kevin. He's given up on the whole idea of weddings (see CynicismCatalyst above) and spends the first third of the movie either making fun of Jane or secretly plotting to exploit her story for a major article. However, as time passes and he discovers how much Jane loves weddings, he slowly starts to fall for her and remember his own passions.



* FreudianExcuse: When Jane was a child, an aunt was in a panic because something went wrong with her dress just before she had to walk down the aisle. Little Jane devised a solution, and her aunt not only praised her effusively, but even called her the wedding's hero. Jane herself explains that this was the moment that she realized she had a knack for wedding planning, and that she loved the joy her help could bring to others.



* IGaveMyWord: Jane claims that all twenty-seven of the brides she's helped over the years have promised to appear in her own wedding when the time comes...and sure enough, the final shot of the movie (when Jane is marrying Kevin) reveals ''every single one'' standing on a specially-built platform, each wearing the outfit that Jane herself wore in the corresponding ceremony.



* ItsAllJunk: After Jane decides to stop being such a doormat and wasting her life waiting for George, she throws out all twenty-seven of the outfits she's gathered over the years, in a metaphor for cleansing her life of her old habits.



* MaybeEverAfter: At Jane's wedding, [[spoiler: Tess approaches George and reintroduces herself, and he smiles and asks her to sit next to him, implying that they may get back together after all.]]



* NeverTrustATitle: A very, very minor example. Technically speaking, Jane ''didn't'' wear twenty-seven dresses in twenty-seven weddings...for one, the men apparently wore dresses and the women wore ''tuxes.'' The bride in question is among the twenty-seven in the end, and sure enough, she's wearing a tux; the tux is also shown in Jane's montage of trying on her collection of wedding outfits. It's a minor point, though, and let's face it, "26 Dresses and 1 Tuxedo" just doesn't have the same ring to it.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Once Jane's finished showing the humiliating slideshow of Tess at the rehearsal dinner and giving a mocking speech that exposes all of the lies Tess has told, Casey approaches and tells her that even ''she'' thinks this was wrong. It's even lampshaded: Casey points out that her "moral compass doesn't exactly point north," so if she has a problem with Jane's actions, they must be bad.



* SiblingTriangle


* GiantPoofySleeves: Many of Jane's dresses have giant pouffy sleeves, like the southern belle dress and teal dress.



* GiantPoofySleeves: Many of Jane's dresses have giant pouffy sleeves, like the southern belle dress and teal dress.


The story follows Jane Nichols (Heigl), a young woman in love with her boss George, but she [[CanNotSpitItOut does not have the courage to tell him.]] A notorious doormat, she has been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings, usually shouldering much of the responsibility for planning the weddings as well. We're introduced to Jane the same night she meets Kevin Doyle (Marsden), a cynical young man who covers weddings for the local paper (though Jane is unaware of this). He is intrigued by the fact that she seems to be in two different weddings on the same night. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, they share a taxi ride home. Jane accidentally leaves her planner/calendar behind. Kevin finds it and realizes her bridesmaid duties are a regular phenomenon.

Soon after, Jane's spoiled and vain younger sister Tess (played by Malin Akerman), comes home to visit. She [[BoyMeetsGirl meets and falls in love with George,]] despite the fact that they are complete opposites. Tess continually lies to George to convince him that they are soulmates, much to Jane's dismay. Meanwhile, Kevin has been using Jane's calendar to find her and continually hound her for a date. Unfortunately, he has an ulterior motive. He is planning to write a story on the "perpetual bridesmaid", a piece that he believes will further his career.

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The story follows Jane Nichols (Heigl), a young woman in love with her boss George, but she [[CanNotSpitItOut [[CannotSpitItOut does not have the courage to tell him.]] him]]. A notorious doormat, she has been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings, usually shouldering much of the responsibility for planning the weddings as well. We're introduced to Jane the same night she meets Kevin Doyle (Marsden), a cynical young man who covers weddings for the local paper (though Jane is unaware of this). He is intrigued by the fact that she seems to be in two different weddings on the same night. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, they share a taxi ride home. Jane accidentally leaves her planner/calendar behind. Kevin finds it and realizes her bridesmaid duties are a regular phenomenon.

Soon after, Jane's spoiled and vain younger sister Tess (played by Malin Akerman), comes home to visit. She [[BoyMeetsGirl meets and falls in love with George,]] George]], despite the fact that they are complete opposites. Tess continually lies to George to convince him that they are soulmates, much to Jane's dismay. Meanwhile, Kevin has been using Jane's calendar to find her and continually hound her for a date. Unfortunately, he has an ulterior motive. He is planning to write a story on the "perpetual bridesmaid", a piece that he believes will further his career.



* BigAppleSauce: Set in New York, with the wedding to be held in Central Park.

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* BigAppleSauce: BigApplesauce: Set in New York, with the wedding to be held in Central Park.



* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: Part of Jane's speech to [[spoiler:Kevin.]]

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* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Part of Jane's speech to [[spoiler:Kevin.]][[spoiler:Kevin]].



* CynicismCatalyst: Kevin's cynicism regarding weddings is because [[spoiler:he had his big fancy wedding planned, but then his bride left him for his roommate.]]

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* CynicismCatalyst: Kevin's cynicism regarding weddings is because [[spoiler:he had his big fancy wedding planned, but then his bride left him for his roommate.]] roommate]].



* NoSparks: Jane and [[spoiler:George.]]

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* NoSparks: Jane and [[spoiler:George.]][[spoiler:George]].



* RageBreakingPoint: Jane's personality and upbringing are the reasons she can stay so calm throughout the whole movie, even when she's grinding her teeth to respond, but when [[spoiler:she finds out that Tess cut up their deceased mother's wedding dress to make it more "modern"]] she finally [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cracks.]]

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* RageBreakingPoint: Jane's personality and upbringing are the reasons she can stay so calm throughout the whole movie, even when she's grinding her teeth to respond, but when [[spoiler:she finds out that Tess cut up their deceased mother's wedding dress to make it more "modern"]] she finally [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cracks.]]cracks]].

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