Belle Brummell’s New Beginning

Hey, friends.

Hope the weekend is going well.

Today, we’ll keep the countdown going with a fashionable tale. Let’s call it a variation on Leo Durocher’s famous line. (In this case, though, let’s turn the tables on ‘ol Leo. In fact, let’s tell him to stick it, shall we?!)

For the idealists among us, Durocher’s long-ago contention that “Nice guys finish last,” is kind of like our kryptonite. But with some help from the filmmakers of 27 Dresses (2008), we can turn that tired bit of snark right on its ear.

Hopelessly romantic, yet eminently reliable, Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has been in a lot of wedding parties. Yeah, 27 of them to be exact. And in all, she has faithfully stood by all 27 of her closest friends, watching each of them head for the altar. You couldn’t ask for a more loyal and selfless confidant, but pretty soon we’re wondering when it’s Jane’s turn to stroll down the aisle.

Ever pining for her good-guy, tree-hugging boss, George (Ed Burns), Jane must sit idly by as he falls for Jane’s sexy (but hopelessly self-focused) sister, Tess (Malin Akerman).

All the while, enterprising newspaper columnist Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) takes an interest in Jane. Initially, he is drawn to her because he thinks she can help his career (with her story as perpetual bridesmaid providing the journalistic street cred he craves), but soon, he finds himself attracted to Jane’s good-heart and blind faith in the belief that her own fairytale will one day come true.

So, if you’ve already overdosed on football this week and are tired of reheating warmed-over leftovers, carve out a few hours for
27 Dresses. 

Hey, nothing like a little hopeful romance to rekindle your soul and take your mind off what could be a long, cold winter.

More tomorrow,


@Copyright 2023 by John L. Fischer


Scroll to Top