If you have ever been on the care-taker side of codependent; continuously putting the needs of others above your own, you need to see this movie.
The message of “27 Dresses” was one I sorely needed to hear. It was about loyalty and persevering in service to others-to a fault. It was about a journalist who intuitively pointed out the flaw of the caretaker and, deft as a counselor, kept his focus on the issue and the cure. It was about a best friend who admits her own moral compass does not always point due north, but still cares enough to hold Jane accountable.
In the movie “27 Dresses” Jane finally learns to speak up for herself. The things she says are truths that need to be spoken. But, she does it all wrong. Her friend Casey points out that she unleashed 20 years of hurt in a cruel way. Instead of just going straight to the person and speaking the truth, Jane waited until she was completely angry and then exposed her sister publicly. People suffered. Jane suffered. Some important relationships were nearly lost.
I have been there before; both on the job and in the home. It is a place where you perform a small intervention (as it was termed in communications class), but something goes wrong. Either you do it horribly wrong or it is received in the worst possible way. The result is a complete and absolute end of the relationship. Talking has no result. Apologies go unheeded. Reconciliation and restoration are out of the question.
Why is it so hard for a people pleaser – someone who really does care about others- to speak directly? How is it we think that covert hints are better than direct confrontation; clever exposures more valid than courageously speaking our own needs? Is it wise to keep stuffing our own wants until we explode in overkill? As a result of covert, clever overkill; I have been accused of being mean and controlling for exposing the weaknesses and deceit of others, when I most want to be known as a loving and accommodating person.
“27 Dresses” is also a story about second chances. It turned out alright. Jane was contrite about doing it wrong and she immediately acted on doing things right to the favor of her future. Her sister took the chance to hear and be heard and it benefitted her future behavior as well. Both were better people for truth spoken and heeded.
Some things I covet from 27 Dresses:
1) friends who stick with you and hold you accountable until you do the right thing the right way; family who loves unconditionally, and the chance to keep practicing until you get it right.
2) to be like Jane, tirelessly doing unto others what I would have them do for me.
Pretty strong messages for a chick-flick, don’t you think?