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Something Borrowed Review, Starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski

Something Borrowed: More Blue Than New

Something Borrowed presents the kinds of conundrums and moral dilemmas that we've seen on screen a million times before: what do you do when you have the hots for someone who doesn't want you in return? Or what if he does return your feelings, but he's already spoken for? These issues may exist beyond teenage years, but Something Borrowed is so fluffy that the film is more like an extra long episode of Gossip Girl than a realistic portrayal of love and friendship.

At the epicenter of the tangled web is mousy lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), who's spent her life loyally playing second fiddle to her outgoing, obnoxious-but-hot-so-she's-forgiven best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). Rachel's self-esteem is at an all-time low on her 30th birthday, and after a few drinks she inadvertently admits to Darcy's fiancé Dex (Colin Egglesfield) that she had a crush on him during their law school days together. They end up in the sack, thus inciting a Summer of longing glances across the room, weekend rendezvous, and a whole lot of secret keeping. Though there are plenty of jokes along the way, ultimately there's no way to make light of the fact that we're supposed to be rooting for a relationship dripping with betrayal.

To see why Something Borrowed falls flat, just keep reading.

Director Luke Greenfield compiles a promising cast, but they're not much more than good-looking cartoon characters. Rachel could pass for a live action Cathy comic — she's so convinced that she isn't good enough that there's an actual incident in which she tells herself out loud that she sucks. We can all relate to a lack of confidence, but are we really expected to believe that cute Rachel is so far out of Dex's league? Meanwhile, Egglesfield is the perfect portrait of eye candy, but there's not much else to work with — Dex and Rachel's scenes together can be described as bland at best.

As with any guilty pleasure, there is some entertainment in Something Borrowed, due largely to Hudson and John Krasinski as Rachel's platonic BFF. Though Darcy is relentlessly selfish, she's kind of like that bitchy friend who's fun and entertaining as long as you're on her good side (a role Hudson seems to have no trouble playing at all). Meanwhile, Ethan acts as Rachel's cheerleader and voice of reason, but he's basically just there to provide zingers so the audience has something to laugh at as a distraction from the other characters' inner turmoil. Krasinski fits the part like a glove, but almost a little too perfectly: next to dreamy but vanilla Dex, it's almost impossible to believe that neither Rachel nor Darcy have ever looked at him as more than just a brother-type.

The film struggles to strike a balance between the theme of going after true love and the undying power of friendship, but the line becomes so blurred that it achieves neither. On a similar note, the script has its funny moments (mostly courtesy of Ethan's wisecracks and Darcy's over-the-top means of attracting attention), but the heavier scenes are filled with painfully heavy-handed dialogue. Nearly every serious conversation that takes place between Ethan and Rachel sounds like it's out of a self-help book.

That's the other issue with Something Borrowed. The film deserves some credit for daring to step outside the cookie-cutter romantic formula, but it's packed with so many clichés that it's not exactly original. Overwrought conversation made even more dramatic by rain? Check. Characters that seem to irritate everyone and yet still show up in half the scenes? You bet. Dance numbers that seem to come out of nowhere? (Yup, though I'll forgive those because really, who doesn't love a dance number?).

Usually I smile in spite of myself at the predictably cheesy happily-ever-after romantic comedy ending, but Something Borrowed doesn't even provide that high that only fantastical love can give you. Instead, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and the message that relationships are more important than life-long friendships. It's meant to be a lesson in going after what you want, but the real takeaway is far more depressing: ladies, watch your backs.

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sugerbaby061092 sugerbaby061092 5 years
people need to quit haten' this movie and book was amazing!!!!
noonehere noonehere 5 years
(And Colin Egglesfield is very cute but looks so shallow it's hard to fall for him)
noonehere noonehere 5 years
You just cannot see the depth of their love so the cheating seems awful... Their romantic affair is certainly not well depicted neither in the book nor in the movie.
noonehere noonehere 5 years
Kate Hudson is the one you want to root for. She's funny and lively. So is John Krasinsky. Others are lame and boring. And you do not believe (or care for) their love story.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I have seen all kinds of silly movies that I didn't take too seriously! I mean, I watched Clueless for about the millionth time this weekend, along with Mean Girls and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. And, sorry, I can't condone cheating. Watching one movie with a totally different plotline doesn't invalidate that point.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I thought the book was OK, so I went into the movie with an open mind. (I also saw it at a Sugar screening, thanks for hooking us up, PopSugar!) Anyway, I was disappointed. Goodwin and Egglesfield didn't have much chemistry, Rachel came off as unlikable and boring, the clothing was even comically bad. (And yes, multiple people I was with made comments about this.) In the book I was conflicted, but in the movie I really had trouble rooting for Rachel. I actually found myself liking Darcy more. Friends who hadn't read the book were annoyed that it was obvious we were supposed to be rooting for Rachel, but they liked Darcy better. Sure, Darcy is self-centered, but the movie almost made it seem like confidence and assertiveness are reprehensible qualities. I get that Griffin wants her fans to see the movie, and I'm sure most of them will. But, I am still holding out for a smart female-driven comedy. (At least this one passes the Bechdel Test, so maybe we're getting somewhere!)
Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 5 years
The book was a favorite at the Sugar offices last Summer! The movie is pretty close to the book, but I personally still have a hard time with the subject matter, and the fact that Rachel has such low self-esteem. If you think it's bad in the book, it's even worse in film form.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 5 years
" Though there are plenty of jokes along the way, ultimately there's no way to make light of the fact that we're supposed to be rooting for a relationship dripping with betrayal." This sums it all up. I still do not understand how anyone could have liked this book.
care0531 care0531 5 years
I don't like this review or any of the other bad ones I am reading. I follow Emily Giffin and she is asking for all fans to support the movie if they love the book. They need to have a good show at the box office so they can get the green light to do Something Blue. I saw scenes of this moving being filmed last summer and I loved the book so regardless I will be seeing it. I found myself at some points of the book also wanting there to be more between Rachel and Ethan so I think that would be normal to see that on the screen. Also Darcy and Ethan did have a small period of dating when they were young. I feel like people doing these bad reviews haven't read the book at all. I think fans of the book will still go see the movie regardless of the reviews. It's like all the Twilight movies...they might not be the best but we loved the books so we have to see the movie and own the movie etc. Lastly....WHO DOESN'T LOVE THEM A GOOD ROMANTIC COMEDY? I don't care if they are all the same we still get sucked in and love them!
liz313 liz313 5 years
I saw an advance screening thanks to Pop Sugar! And I loved it. I just read the book a few weeks ago. It followed it pretty perfectly. Its the definition of a chick flick so definitely not anything too thought provoking... its going to be easy and breezy. Go with your girlfriends and you will have a good laugh while enjoying the eye candy.
nonstpcute nonstpcute 5 years
nonstpcute nonstpcute 5 years
LOVED it! See it!
jannam jannam 5 years
I recommend it!! I saw it already and I LOVED it. I don't understand why it's getting such bad reviews. I thought it was hilarious (mostly due to Krasinski, who is adorable in this movie). Anyone that read the book and liked it, will like this movie!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
I am so disappointed this movie is getting such bad reviews. I was really hoping this would be a good movie. Not sure if I'm still going to go see it.
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