Something Borrowed

2011-07-08 09:20
 
What it’s about:

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a successful lawyer who is about to hit her thirties and is unfortunately still single. Her friend – the lively, impulsive Darcy (Kate Hudson) on the other hand, is about to tie the knot to none other than her college crush - the impeccably handsome Dex (Colin Egglesfield). Rachel must choose between friendship and true love and finds that the decision is not that easy.

What we thought:

Something Borrowed...something blehhh. In this dry, uninspired comedy we are treated to an unconvincing tale of forbidden love as based on Emily Giffin's novel of the same title. Fine, the paltry plot in itself is not all bad, but that’s what’s so annoying about Something Borrowed – it could have been so much more.

Instead we’re once again left with saccharine cliché’s, insipid characters and Hollywood endings that desperately pulls rabbits out of hats in order to make the whole thing seem worth it.

Poor protagonist Rachel is easy to pity as she is trampled on by the nauseatingly narcissistic Darcy who, inexplicably is like, totally her BFF. Darcy and Rachel of course are childhood friends and this; it seems is enough reason for the two of them to stick together despite the fact that their relationship is obviously and grossly dysfunctional.

Darcy, vilified from the start, romps about knocking down egos in her path and goody-two shoes Rachel just accepts this.  In stead of creating a character that people love to hate, Darcy quickly becomes a character that you just hate.

Next we learn that Rachel has been harbouring a secret crush on Darcy’s man – the bland, preppy, pretty-boy Dex for many years . On the night of her thirtieth birthday party, the two share a few beers and end up sleeping together. Cue the rom com moral dilemma.

On the one hand the situation is rather interesting as the film tries to argue that true love can be an irrepressible force that can make respectable people behave "badly". But, Something Borrowed fails to convince anyone that Rachel and Dex's relationship is anything more than a couple of kids sneaking around. It certainly feels that way if one takes the childish, petty jealousies and cheesy lines into consideration.

The film ultimately spends less time convincing us of Dex and Rachel’s love and more on underlining Darcy's wickedness -since it is almost exclusively by that merit that their affair is justified. There is practically no chemistry between Egglesfield and Goodwin and if not even a “running after you in the rain scene” can improve matters - you know you're in trouble.

The only kinda likeable character in the film is the mediator in this hot mess John Krasinski as the other life-long best friend, Ethan. Ethan gives it to Rachel straight, which occasionally perks up the banality of the whole project. But Krasinki's sporadic injections of comedy is ultimately not enough to help one shake the feeling that the whole film focuses on some rather unsavoury characters and their selfish pursuits.

Despite trying so hard to sell the story as sweet or the characters as “nice” – the whole thing reeks of corruption, moral slippage and just a general sense of nastiness. And it's dished up in a way that's just horribly generic.

Something Borrowed attempts to investigate the tangled emotions and situations that go along with secrets, sex and surreptitious love affairs – but spectacularly fails to convince or to garner any real empathy for these clueless characters.

I fear even hard-core chick-flick enthusiasts might be disappointed by this one.


A dry, unconvincing tale of forbidden love.

Lunga 2011/07/12 8:39 AM
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Saw it. Enjoyed it. Chick flick. Don't judge me.
Vaal Donkie 2011/07/12 9:06 AM
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So, it's basically Bride Wars with one fewer groom?
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