Something Borrowed WTF
This “Romantic Comedy” has been playing non-stop on HBO, and I didn’t really hear much about it when it came out May 2011 – so I sat through it. Something Borrowed tells the story of lonely single attorney, Rachel White (Ginnifer Goodwin), who after having way too many drinks on her 30th birthday ends up in bed with her best friend’s fiancé. Considering the movie got one-and-a-half stars on cable I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be the only one that thinks this movie sucks. It’s one of those films that will have you cursing to yourself over the stupidity of characters.
1. “You’re all going to hell anyway.” Pretty much every character in this movie sucks and is unlikable. They’re either extremely annoying, or just do things that are pretty messed up and stupid. So who exactly am I supposed to care about in this movie? The safest best would be Rachel, right? The lonely, hard-working attorney who lets her bossy best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), push her around. But I don’t have much sympathy for her, because okay – she made a mistake, but she just fumbles throughout the entire movie with how to handle the situation. Then there’s the handsome Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the fiancé who’s had hidden feelings for Rachel this whole time, but ended up engaged to the best friend. He’s rather spineless throughout, and even with him striving to please his snooty parents I simply think he’s a jacka-s. The only likable character is Ethan, played by the lovable John Krasinski, and he even said the funny lines I quote here today. Yet for some reason all the other characters belittle him and even make jokes about his sexuality – meh.
2. Lie, lie, and lie some more. Like the film The Dilemma (which wasn’t very good either), the whole plot depends on the fact that some people just won’t grow up and bite the bullet. The story would end so quickly if either Rachel or Dex simply told the truth and handled their business. This film is just dragged on ever so slowly to be solved by something so simple as coming out with it, and we all know it’s what needsto happen within the first 10minutes. So of course one lie is told then covered by another, and we see this endless chain of reactions continue seemingly forever.
3. “I don’t get it…” and neither do I. Okay, people make mistakes so maybe it’s a little harsh to say these characters are “stupid”, but the actions of these characters is enough to make me pull my hair. Not simply cause their actions are nonsensical, but also because it’s even clichéd. For example, Rachel does not make the huge revelation that she is way too passive around Darcy until she’s WALKING in the rain. Why does she get this great revelation when she’s drenched?
This movie just bothers me, and it doesn’t help that it attempts to harp on clichés in order to resemble past romantic comedies. Kate Hudson is pretty funny as the self-absorbed and tyrannical bride-to-be, and John Krasinski is pretty much adorable and kind of serves as the voice of the audience / reason. And then there’s Marcus (Steve Howey) who is the hilarious horn-dog that pops up every now and then in the movie. He’s pretty charming as well as cute, and he serves well in the movie. But overall there isn’t much to entertain – it isn’t all that funny, it can get frustratingly stupid and it has those clichéd moments that make me wonder “why is it always in the rain!?”