Title: 27 Dresses
Media type: Film
Category: Internal Dynamics of Families
Keywords: adulthood, fathering, response to crises, single parenting, stress and coping, work and family
Rating: PG 13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
Audience(s): High School Age, College Age, Adults, Parents, Couples
Film/Episode Summary: Jane is a perpetual bridesmaid. She is constantly planning her friends’ weddings, and she’s been a bridesmaid 27 times. While she’s not planning weddings, she’s at work swooning over her boss, George, who she has been in love with for longer than she would like to admit. Then Kevin comes along. He finds her attractive, but she wants nothing to do with the cynical writer that cannot stand the thought of marriage. One-day Jane’s sister Tess comes to town. Tess is the beautiful girl that every man falls in love with. Much to Jane’s dismay, Tess and her boss George hit it off. However, Tess lies about her entire life to get George to fall in love with her. Eventually, the two get engaged and start the wedding planning. Kevin interviews the couple for the wedding and engagement column in the newspaper. To Jane’s disdain, she runs into Kevin while he is interviewing the couple. The two end up having fun and he comes back to her apartment, where he sees her 27 dresses. Without her knowledge, he starts writing a story about her, and eventually she finds out. Will the two end up together, or will Jane forever be a bridesmaid and never a bride?
Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: In what ways was Jane a mother to her younger sister Tess? How did the death of their mother affect Jane and Tess differently. How did their father have to shift roles into being the sole caretaker of the two?
Places to view: Itunes, Youtube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Cinemax
Contributor: Krista Hamann