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Theatrical Release Date: 05/06/2011
Director: Luke Greenfield
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams
Rated: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material.
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes


Trailer:

The crowd watches with reckless detachment.

Based on Emily Giffin’s novel of the same title, “Something Borrowed” is a scathing review of single life as a 30s-something woman. It’s a simple love triangle gone astray and an interesting commentary on ethics, love, and the pressures women and society put on being single after a certain age.

Rachel and Darcy (Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson) have been friends since childhood. Rachel, the consummate good girl, is often overshadowed by Darcy’s brash and flashy behavior. Somehow though, it never seemed to bother Rachel until Darcy meets Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel’s law school study partner and crush.

The two women are yin and yang; Rachel is quiet, careful, insecure, and bookish, while Darcy is loud, reckless, self-assured, and a touch dense. Even though opposite often do attract, I caught myself frequently wondering why these two were best friends. Rachel simply lets Darcy’s bad behavior slide, no matter how terrible she is to her.

The film was decently cast, though Dex reminds me of the quintessential 80’s preppy frat boy. I didn’t find him to be hugely attractive, though by no means is Colin Egglesfield ugly, just simply not my cup of tea. My favorite character by far was Ethan (John Krasinski), another childhood friend of both Darcy and Rachel. I loved Ethan’s quirky, blunt, insightful, and light-hearted nature. His
character helped the movie stay on track.

This film was decently done; it was entertaining and funny, though utterly predictable. The entire plot seemed implausible, I simply couldn’t imagine mousy Rachel doing something so unethical and out of character. I don’t remember if the soundtrack was any good, or even a favorite scene. Unfortunately, this means that the entire film was completely forgettable.

In my opinion, “Something Borrowed” is better left as something rented, earning a disappointing 2.5 out of 5.

2.5 out of 5