Something Borrowed (2011)

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Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Written by: Jennie Snyder (screenplay), Emily Giffin (novel)
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield

The one star that I have given Luke Greenfield’s Something Borrowed goes to Kate Hudson’s performance as the self-centered, headstrong Darcy – best friend to the film’s protagonist Rachel (Goodwin). From her heavy drinking to her uninhibited sexuality, the sheer dominance of Darcy’s character steals the limelight away from the central love story that should be holding our attention, but fails to do so. With plot development that is as indecisive as the good-looking characters, and lines that hit the cliche bell too many times, Something Borrowed definitely borrows every known and tried convention in the rom-com book, making us want to return this film to the library or video store as soon as possible. Or throw it out the window.

Indecisive soulmates

Rachel turns 30 and realizes that she is stuck in a job she doesn’t like, and hasn’t met anyone as wonderful as her long-time friend, Dex (Egglesfield), who is now engaged to her childhood friend, Darcy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! When Dex and Rachel slip up just days before the wedding and admit they have loved each other since their law school days, secrets, awkward holidays to the Hamptons, and serious soul-searching countdown to the big day.

While Something Borrowed is occasionally humorous and entertaining (mostly provided by Kate Hudson and the supporting role of John Kransinksi), there are far too many finger-twiddling moments of inaction and bad…bad…bad flashbacks to endure. Instead of trying to surprise the audience with odd twists and turns in the second half of the film, Something Borrowed would have done better to focus on generating more engaging characters. Without our empathy or emotional investment, Something Borrowed simply relies on a frustrating waiting game to keep us watching.

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