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Something Borrowed

Updated on March 30, 2012

Something Borrowed

Director: Luke Greenfield

Writer(s): Jennie Synder, Emily Giffin

Cast: Ginnnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams

Synopsis: Rachel is a lawyer. When she was in law school she fell for another student Dex who comes from an affluent family. But she's too shy to say anything. When Dex meets her best friend Darcy who treats her like dirt sometimes, who was visiting her, she makes a move on him and gets him. Eventually they get engaged and Darcy asks Rachel to be her Maid of Honor. But Rachel stills has feelings for Dex and still can't say anything. But when Darcy throws her a birthday party and Dex is there. When she and gets Dex are alone, she blurts out that she had a thing for him in college which surprised him. And after drinking a little they spend the night together. They try to forget the whole thing but can't but agree that it means nothing. But Ethan, Rachel close friend tells her that she'll spend her entire life regretting that if she does nothing.

Genres: comedy, romance, drama

PG-13- sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material

A Romantic Comedy About Life Choices

Every once in a while, there comes a romantic comedy that will not only touch the heart of it's audience, but it'll make us laugh gleefully as it unfolds. Unfortunately, most romantic comedies often fail to generate this kind of success, as most of them tend to be generic knock offs of every cliche that's been done before. Where does "Something Borrowed" lie? Well if I had to say, it would be somewhere in the middle. It's certainly a helluva a lot better than most of the romantic comedy crap we're treated to in this era, but I would hardly say it's a modern classic like "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You Got Mail."

However, for what it is, it's definitely worth watching. Although I'm sure this movie will appeal more to women than men, it's not one of those typical "chick flick" movies that most men will be dragging their feet to while secretly asking, "Why am I here?" No, "Something Borrowed" tends to pretty much borrow a lot of it's humor content from "Sex and the City." A comedy designed to engage a female audience's perspective on romance; while still remaining sensible enough to even allow the men to enjoy it as well. Although I wouldn't dare try to compare this movie to the famous HBO show, "Sex and the City", but the comedy stylings are vastly similar in comparison.

The movie follows three best friends who have grown up together. Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a well to do lawyer, who runs a fairly good practice. Her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), is getting married soon to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), an old college classmate of Rachel's. As luck would have it, Rachel has always been secretly in love with Dex, and vice versa, but neither have ever confessed their feelings to the other before; hence the dilemma. Due to one reckless night, the two accidentally consummate an affair with each other, after Darcy throws a birthday party. Now caught between her intense feelings for Dex, and her loyalty to her best friend, Rachel must decide make a decision that could infinitely change her life forever.

Meanwhile, Dex must decide which woman he loves more. His fiance that his family encourages him to marry, in spite his protests. Or will he finally grow some cajones and be with the woman he really loves, and make a decision for once in his life....damn it. However to be fair, I wouldn't be too hard on Rachel, as it seems Darcy has her little affair to hide as well. Therefore, is this a case of poetic justice? Or tragic irony? I'll let you be the judge.

Like all romantic comedies, "Something Borrowed" tends to fall into the same stereotypical cliches of the genre. Fortunately, the film does throw in a few subtle plot twists for good measure to keep it interesting.

Although I wouldn't go on record to say this is the best romantic comedy that I've ever seen, it's not half bad if you give it a chance. Sure, it probably won't do much to convert anyone who usually detests romantic comedies, but it'll certainly keep you entertained on a Friday night.

However, I think what really impressed me about this movie is surprisingly how strong the theme was for it. The theme of the movie was essentially about the choices we make in our lives will often dictate the lives we lead. Something that even Shakespeare himself once said, as it plays true to life. Although most of this movie is cliched, the theme of the movie is remarkably strong in spite of that. Could the movie have been better? Definitely. However, it's fairly decent for what it is.

In the end, I would have to give this movie a two and a half out of four. Fairly decent for a rental, but I wouldn't pay to see this in a theater.


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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      He's okay. If anything, I think he's probably only sane character in the film. Although it is rather sad that even though he's described as the best friend of the two girls in the film, he's rarely in it that often; which is kind of sad as I really liked his performance in this one. Anyways, thanks for the compliment. :)

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nice review....I can see how 2 and half stars would be a good score. I am really starting to like John Krasinski's subtle is he in this movie?....On my 2011 movie chart this movie is ranking about 52nd out of 68 movies so far this year.....thanks for the review voted up and useful.