12A – 103mins – Comedy/Drama/Romance – 6th May 2011
Something Borrowed follows Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she meets Dex (Colin Egglesfield) at university where they become best friends with feelings clearly developing but neither of them acting on said feelings. So when Rachel’s best friend the selfish and obnoxious Darcy (Kate Hudson) shows up and asks Dex out, Rachel gives her blessing, Dex says yes and several years later they are engaged to be married.
This leaves Rachel distraught for letting Dex slip through her fingers and with the cowardly and wimpish Dex (I’m sure just what ladies look for in a man) still conflicted as to what to do next. After Rachel’s birthday celebrations though, she and Dex end up sleeping together and supposed hilarity ensues as they try yet again ignore the chemistry between them and just let life run its course.
Thank god for Ethan (John Krasinski) Rachel’s friend who gave a voice of reason to proceedings by at least attempting to beat some sense into the main characters who seemed to be oblivious to everything around them. I think my main fault with the movie was the storyline and the way we are supposed to feel for Rachel despite the fact that she didn’t make a go of it with Dex, everything that happened to her was self inflicted and she has slept with her best friend’s fiancé; and given that Darcy isn’t a very nice person to say the least that either of them hung around with her in the first place.
The supporting cast outside the four main characters didn’t add to the film in any way shape or form. With some movies you get the token celebrities who show up for 10 seconds, say a line and then leave again and this is how the rest of the cast felt to me for the entire movie. They were just written in for one line and then would disappear never to be seen or heard from again.
Apart from a few witty remarks here and a bit of slapstick, there was not much comedy in the film with the overall feel of it leaning more towards a drama with a bit of comedy rather than the other way around which I feel is the better mix for this genre. There was nothing wrong with the acting with Goodwin and Egglesfield doing their jobs and creating some chemistry but it was merely a minor consolation which can’t cover up the rest of the issues highlighted.
As romcom’s go this was one of the worse that I’ve seen so much so that even if your an avid fan of this type of movie you’ll have a hard time getting any pleasure out of watching it. Time to forget about this and move onto another one.