By: Debbie Kaufman
For the past week, I have had several close encounters of the bridal kind. The week started innocuously enough when I finally got around to watching the romantic comedy, 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigel and James Marsden. Katherine Heigel did a great job and James Marsden was easy on the eyes! For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I promise, no spoilers in this post.
My personal movie hero and I spent an enjoyable evening together snuggled on the sofa where we laughed out loud and, in the end, were left with that promised "feel good" ending. 27 Dresses is definitely one to add to my Favorite Movies list.
The movie centers around the main character, Jane, who moons over her boss by day and serves as the superwoman of bridesmaids at night. One of my favorite lines occurs repeatedly at the various weddings Jane attends. While we see a succession of rather hideous bridesmaids' outfits, the expressed sentiment is still the same, "...and you can always cut it off and wear it again."
Okay, how many of you have either said that line to your own bridesmaids or had it quoted to you as you looked dubiously at what your dear friend, the Bride, chose for you to wear? Exactly, that's what makes it so funny!
I guess I didn't realize I had that line on my mind when we strolled into a beautiful neighborhood sanctuary Friday night to attend a lovely evening wedding. As my arm was taken by a groomsman for seating, I saw twelve young women, yes twelve, in elegant matching black dresses. Immediately, I said, "Oh, and you can always cut them off and wear them again." Really, it just slipped right out of my mouth. Fortunately, the reference was lost on the twenty-something young man who seated me on the bride's side.
The next day, I rose early, and went with my daughter, a photographer, to help at a bridal show where she had a booth. We figured out later that we had personally talked to about 85 or more brides in about three hours. That's a lot of brides folks! At the end of the event, they have the runway show to display this season's lovely gowns, tuxes, and, you guessed it, bridesmaids' dresses. The music accompanying the show was loud enough that no one actually heard me this time!
Now, there was a lot more to 27 Dresses than the comedy of the bridesmaids' gowns. And there were a lot of lines that were much funnier than the one that resonated with me. But for me, that will always be the line I remember when I think of the movie, "...and you can always cut it off and wear it again." After a week filled with brides, I'm sure that I'll never attend another wedding without hearing that line in my head.
What about you? Is there some line from a movie or a book that you always associate with it immediately? You know, one of those "Luke, I am your Father," lines that are irrevocably stuck in your mind. I'd love to hear your favorites or just the ones you can't get out of your head!