Rachel (Ginnfer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) are best friends. They chat constantly on the phone and share everything. But things are about to change. In a couple of weeks Darcy is getting married to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) with whom Rachel studied at law school. Rachel had a crush on him then but nothing came of it and now, after her surprise 30th birthday party, she and Dex fall into bed together - for a night of passion. Friendships are tested as they all head to the Hamptons for the weekends with their good friend Ethan (John Krasinski), Claire (Ashley Williams) who has a crush on Ethan and Marcus (Steve Howey) who seems to have a crush on everyone.
Review by Louise Keller:
Everyone's in love with the wrong person in Something Borrowed, a chick flick about best friends and turning 30. The dynamic between best friends Darcy (Hudson) and Rachel (Goodwin) is what's at issue and the film toys with the pull push factors of a tell-all relationship between opposites who have shared everything happily - until now. Based on Emily Giffin's novel and adapted by Jennie Snyder, the story unravels as a comedy of errors in which communications misfire resulting in the risk of doing what is right instead of doing what you want. It's light entertainment that should prove a popular choice for a girls' night out, although it's too long and most of the characters are irritating.
The film starts with Rachel's surprise 30th birthday party and we sense straight away she is not surprised. After all, with a best friend like Darcy, who calls her a million times every day, how could she not know about it? But even though it's Rachel's night, somehow it is Darcy who steals the limelight as she gushes about the sister she never had, the mother she sometimes needs and how her BFF is always there for her. A missing Chanel bag is the catalyst that brings Rachel and Darcy's fiancé Dex (Egglesfield) together for one guilt-ridden night resulting in angst for the rest of the film. Darcy is the ultimate party girl and gets everything she sees and wants, although it looks as though Rachel and Dex are far better suited, but have just been too dumb to express their feelings.
Although the girls get most of the screen time, John Krasinski as tall, goofy Ethan, who has dated both Rachel and Darcy and says things how they are, is the best thing in the film. He pretends he is gay when Claire (Ashley Williams) pursues him, which seems ironic because if anyone appears gay, it's Dex. However, that's not how the plot is written. Darcy loves Dex; Claire loves Ethan; Ethan loves Rachel; Rachel loves Dex. And then there's Marcus (Steve Howey), who we learn is circumcised - or not.
The dialogue is liberally peppered with OMG and 'whatever' as well as some corny lines like 'You are home to me'. I was constantly irritated by the characters: Darcy is a twit and Rachel is a victim, while Dex is simply weak and Claire, stupid. The scene when secrets are revealed for each winning beach volleyball point has great humorous potential but sadly stops short before it gets interesting. In fact, that just about sums it up.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Kate Hudson does obnoxious brilliantly, and her performance as Darcy along with that of John Krasinski as Ethan are the two things - the only two things - that are worthy of note in this appallingly, irritatingly misjudged movie. Darcy and Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) are meant to be best friends since they were in nappies but we can't imagine why. Darcy (blonde) has long ago crossed the line from bubbly fun to loud and obnoxious, and is also dumb. Rachel (brunette) is the studious type with a law degree around the corner.
But it's the character differences that really set them apart - and our teeth on edge. Darcy is self centered and shallow, not to mention rude to her best friend.
We are taken back to college where Rachel had met and was getting chummy with fellow law student Dex (Colin Egglesfield), until Darcy barges in and takes over the Dex relationship.
In the present, Darcy and Dex are about to be married, but we aren't shown any good reason for that development, in terms of their relationship; there isn't one . . . a relationship. We never see them as a viable couple. And then one night Rachel and Dex reunite in more ways than one, setting up the scenario for a chick flick that is only for the least demanding or perhaps those in a desperate state of romantic mind.
Rachel and Dex annoy Rachel's real true friend, Ethan with their dithering around each other and he's lucky enough to get to say it out loud; we aren't, but we're just as annoyed. So much so we soon lose interest in their romantic plight and wish the film didn't feel like a three hour marathon of plastic situations and plastic characters - Ethan excepted. Maybe the novel works better.
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SOMETHING BORROWED (M)
CAST: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams
PRODUCER: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Aaron Lubin, Pamela Schein Murphy, Hilary Swank
DIRECTOR: Luke Greenfield
SCRIPT: Jennie Snyder (novel by Emily Griffin)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Charles Minsky
EDITOR: John Axelrad
MUSIC: Alex Wurman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jane Musky
RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 5, 2011 (special advance screenings April 23, 30, May 1)
RIVERSIDE SNEAK PEEK PREMIERES
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