Monday, February 9, 2009

27 Dresses, 1 Wedding, and 85 Brides

Monday's Media Bits
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!


Cinthia Hamer said...

What a coinkydink! As I lounged around the living room yesterday (having put in a full day writing beforehand) I decided to watch 27 Dresses. It really is a sweet movie.

Some lines that resonate with me:

"Anyone can cook"--Ratatouille.

"Do you love him???"--Only You.

"April dressed herself in white."--Enchanted April

"Why does it have to be YOU that stirs me?"--McLintock!

"He'll regret it to his dyin' day...if ever he lives that long."--The Quiet Man

Okay, gotta get ready for work. Hope everyone has a great day today.

Walt Mussell said...

It took a lot of weddings/years before I realized that what my wife pulled off at our wedding was truly an amazing feat: she DID choose bridesmaid dresses that were actually worn again.

Walt Mussell said...

The favorite movie line that makes me laugh most:

"I pronounce you man and wife. Preoceed with the execution."

- The African Queen

Nicki Salcedo said...

My favorite movie line is from Terminator 2. Arnold says, "I know now why you cry, but it is something I can never do." I think this all the time when I see people crying.

And yes, of my two sister bridesmaids, one did wear the red hot number a second time. No cutting required!

Debbie Kaufman said...

Wow Cinthia, I'm jealous over that full day writing before you watched the movie!

WALT! Welcome, you are our first male commenter! There should probably be a special prize.... I love that line from the African Queen. One of my favorite movies!

Nicki, I felt like there must be some type of dress that really is wearable again. But most just scream "Bridesmaid." What is that with the people who design them?
Good for you for choosing something more versatile!

Marilyn Baron said...

My husband and I just rewatched our favorite movie -- Casablanca --for the gazillionth time and almost every line from that movie is memorable.

As far as the bridesmaid dresses, I loved my mint green bridesmaid dresses and of course I told my bridesmaids they could always wear their dresses again and looking back over my wedding album I of course realize no one ever could or EVER SHOULD wear that dress again.

I always kid my daughter that she is going for the 27 dresses record. She's been in 7 weddings and about to be in her 8th next month.

She has a closet full of dresses she'll never wear again, but actually for the upcoming March wedding, the bride has allowed each girl to pick her own dress (different lengths, styles, etc.) with the only qualification being that they must all be black. And my daughter actually thinks she can wear her dress again, if only it would arrive. They ordered the dresses last August and they're still not in.

Marilyn Baron

Anna Steffl said...

Hands down favorite book line doesn't come out of a character's mouth. It is the moment in War and Peace when Nikolai and Maria finally acknowledge their love. It is the ultimate romantic moment to me. Tolstoy is a top-notch romantic writer in this novel. He has stacked the deck in every way against these characters. Then..."For several seconds they looked into each other's eyes, each in silence, and what had been distant and impossible suddenly came near, possible and inevitable."

Thanks for the great post! Glad to be past the bridesmaid age. One good thing about getting older, huh?

Cyrano said...

That's a great idea about the bridesmaids wearing their own choice, but keeping the color black. My sister did that too and I've worn the bridesmaid dress I chose (don't tell anyone)twice since!
Debbie, I love that movie. I watched it with my daughter and she wondered out loud how many weddings she'd be invited to one day. She loves dressing up.
Now on movie quotes. Oh where should I begin?

"Oh what are you blustering about, you'll never punish them," said Goldie Hawn to Kurt Russell in one of my favorite comedies, Overboard. I always laugh because it reminds me of me and my husband. He gets angry with the kids when they do something wrong, but he's such a teddy bear he never goes any farther.

"Five thousand dollas' and it's not even leatha'" Joan Cusack in Working Girl. She says it with this thick Brooklyn accent and it cracks me up every time!

"I love you, always have."
Mel Gibson says as William Wallace to Murron(Catherine McCormack), his one true love. Ah, the words make me weep.

"I would die for you."
Kevin Costner (Robin Hood) to Maid Marrion. Love it!

"You shouldn't stand in the frozen food section, cause you could melt all dis stuff!" Steve martin in My Blue Heaven. I remeber this one because any time I go to the grocery with my husband he says this to me.

Last one.

"But I don't want to be a pie." Babs the crocheting chicken from the movie Chicken Run. (I know, I know, I'm a dork, but I can't help laughing when I make pie at home and my daughter says that in a squeaky chicken voice!)

That's it for now. I'm sure I'll think of others later. By the way, Walt, I've never seen The African Queen, but that quote is priceless!

Thanks for the post Debbie!
have a great day,

Debbie Kaufman said...

Marilyn, I felt the same way about those lovely peach dresses I put on my bridesmaids!

I agree Anna. I am happy to be past the bridesmaid age. But, it is such a rite of passage for us!

Love the Chicken Run line. I can hear my 5yr.old granddaughter's voice in that one!

CiCi Barnes said...

Ah, yes. Good old bridesmaid dresses. No matter how good they look coming down the aisle, they just don't seem to translate to anywhere else.

For the quotes:

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." So simple, yet says so much. And being the Southern girl I am through many generations, I couldn't let that one pass.

I also love "Get off my plane." by Harrison Ford in Airforce One. Wouldn't he make a great prez?

And to add to Tamara's Robin Hood quote: When Maid Marion says: I would do it for you." Ah, sweet love.

Just be glad Hubby doesn't get on this site. He would inundate this place with every word that ever came out of John Wayne's mouth on screen. The man can quote his every movie, line by line.

Love the bridesmaid images, Debbie. Good job.


Linsey Lanier said...

Oh, I remember the pale yellow taffeta monstrosity I had to wear in my cousin's first wedding. Yes, I heard that line from several people. I was a junior bridesmaid -- still waiting to wear it again (I doubt it would still fit, even if I didn't get nauseous thinking about it :) ).

Great line from a movie? I didn't really care for the story, but "You had me at hello," from Jerry Maguire was a memorable one for me.

Great post, Debbie. This is another flick I'll have to see with my hubby.


Betsey said...

Guilty. Told one of the bridesmaids that Saturday night. She looked at me as if I was crazy. And, upon looking at the dress again, it did get kinda full above the knees, probably making it impossible to cut. But I did love the design of those dresses!

Debbie Kaufman said...

Linsey: Yeah, I liked that line too but, never really got into the movie either.

Yeah Betsey, they were elegant weren't they! What a wedding!

Susan May said...

Not very romantic, actually not romatic at all-"Make my day." Dirty Harry. I've said that over and over to my kids.

On the romantic end, "I love you. Always have. Always will." Bridgett Jones's Diary. Hard to beat that stuff.

Nice post Debbie.

Sally Kilpatrick said...

We live movie and tv quotes in my house. Some of our favorites:

me: I'm afraid I've been thinking
my hubby: I dangerous pasttime
me: I know
(from Beauty and the Beast)

"No, he's a pirate." Keira Knightly to Orlando Bloom in Pirates

"What's this?" inevitably triggers the song from Nightmare before Christmas

"Complications arose, ensued, were overcome." from one of the Pirates

Col. Mustard: This is war, Peacock! Casualties are inevitable, you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs any cook will tell you that!
Mrs. Peacock: But look what happened to the cook!
(from Clue)

Okay. I'm a geek. I'm going to stop now. I'm also going to rent 27 Dresses and take a look since I, too, have a closet full of hideous Bridesmaid dresses.


Tami Brothers said...

This is too fun!!! I had a blast reading all the quotes from the comments. Great job.

I had my bridesmaids wear peach dresses that rose at the knee and was longer in back. I was SURE they could be worn again. Possitive... I look at those pictures now and gag... What was I thinking? I can't believe the girls didn't shoot me.

Favorite quotes, (not romantic but my fav) "It does not due to dwell on dreams and forget to live." This is from Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. I have a habit of dwelling on what I want to happen and forget that I need to live for the here and now as well.

Okay, enough for me. Have a great rest of the day!!!

Tami Brothers

Debbie Kaufman said...

Sally, the picture of you guys quoting these is hilarious!

Susan, I'm sure I've lost count of how many times I've quoted Dirty Harry!

Tami, a very appropriate Dumbledore quote.

I've had fun with these ladies! Thanks for all the participation.

Carol Burnside said...

One that can easily apply to writing: "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." ―Yoda

There are a plethora of great quotable zingers in Steel Magnolias.

Clairee: "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger."

Ouiser: "M'Lynn, your husband is the boil on the butt of humanity."
and "I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!"

Shelby: "Well, we went skinny dipping and we did things that frightened the fish."

Not that I like the movie or anything. ;)

Enjoyed the post!

Sandy Elzie said...

I enjoyed the post.

I made my bridesmaids wear pink (gag) and I think they threw them least they did if they were smart.

As for movie lines, we collect movies and lines from movies are as common around our home as saying "I love you."

One night hubby asked if I wanted to watch a movie while we ate dinner. Sure, but I wanted it to be a love-story...killing 30 people in the first 5 minutes doesn't go well with supper. Anyway, when I sat down and the lights dimmed, Terminator 2 started playing. "I'll Be Back."

I'm not sure about it being a love story, but I gueeeessss it could qualify. (grin)

Good job, Debbie

Ana Aragón said...

Great post, Debbie! I had a great time reading all the comments.

Me? No bridesmaids. Only a maid of honor, and she wore something she'd worn before (probably an old bridesmaid dress--see, some have an opportunity to wear it again!) Yup, just a maid of honor and best man at our wedding. It wasn't too bad...has lasted 32 years anyway!

Ah. So many movies, so little time.

Have a great week, all.


Debbie Kaufman said...

Carol, I loved that movie but one of my favorite lines was the one where the woman is dancing and it is compared to two pigs... can't quite remember it.

Sandy, I know Nicki would say that Terminator is definitely a romance.

Well Ana, I guess that is one of the few ways to get more mileage out of a bridesmaid's dress!

It was fun ladies.

Pamela-reader said...

You guys took most of my lines, but here's one more.... I like the Croc Dundee lines....

"Mick, he has a knife!"
"That's not a knife..... (pulls out machete)... THIS is a knife!"