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Movie Review: Something Borrowed

May 6, 2011

Something Borrwed – A Warner Bros. Pictures’ Release

Release Date: May 6th

Rated PG for mature theme, language may offend

Running time: 112 minutes

Luke Greenfield (dir.)

Jennie Snyder Urman (screenplay)

Based on the novel Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Alex Wurman (music)

Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel

Kate Hudson as Darcy

Colin Egglesfield as Dex

John Krasinski as Ethan

Steve Howey as Marcus

Ashley Williams as Claire

Photo by David Lee

(L-r) John Krasinski as Ethan, Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, Kate Hudson as Darcy and Colin Egglesfield as Dex in Alcon Entertainment’s romantic comedy Something Borrowed, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Our reviews below:


Something Borrowed Movie Review By John C.

*1/2 (out of 4)

Based on a popular novel by Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed gets its name from all of the better stories from which it ‘”borrows” various plot points and situations.  The film falls so deep into romantic-comedy clichés and dumb plot points, that the bloated 112-minute running time easily ranks as one of the more excruciating movies of the year.

Six years ago, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) met Dexter (Colin Egglesfield) at law school.  But all of these years true feelings have been pushed to the sidelines, with Dex’s marriage to Rachel’s obnoxious and materialistic best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) fast approaching.  When Rachel tells Dex about that pesky crush, she wakes up beside him the next morning.  Rachel is constantly getting empowering advice from her best friend Ethan (John Krasinski), and everything predictably comes to a head as the wedding day gets dangerously close.

I just couldn’t look past the most obvious question that should have been asked in the script.  If Dex really liked Rachel this much in the first place, then why weren’t they together?  People might say that I’m not qualified to discuss this movie as it is about female relationships.  But on the flipside it is about a shallow man who can’t make up his mind, falling in love with a nice woman but going for her obnoxious best friend just because she is there.  The fact that we are supposed to believe this has been going on for six years is just insulting.

The actors are all talented enough to deserve better roles than starring in this unbelievably clichéd film.  We get a scene where they kiss in the middle of the road with slow-mo traffic in the background, and also an entirely misplaced dance sequence that feels thoroughly like an outtake that should have been saved for the DVD.  A woman sitting near me literally gasped at one of the most obvious plot twists, and it’s sad to think about just how few movies she must watch.

Despite some nice moments courtesy of John Krasinski, Something Borrowed is a desperate, trite and contrived romantic-comedy, with obnoxious plot turns that could have been solved with 2-minutes of sharp dialogue.  The film wants us to like it, but the characters are just unlikable and the situation too stupid for us to truly care.


Something Borrowed Review by Erin V.  

*1/2 (out of 4)

In Something Borrowed, Ginnifer Goodwin plays Rachel, a woman who after turning 30 feels that she is missing out on the best years of her life.  Her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is getting married to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) – the guy she’s had a crush on since law school.  Rachel ends up having a one night stand with Dex, and then they try to keep it a secret so as not to ruin the wedding, but they are actually falling in love.  Rachel’s friend Ethan (John Krasinski) – who is the only two dimensional character – keeps trying to convince her this is not a good idea, but she does it anyway.

There are many questions here – a big one being, is the source material better?  I don’t know.  But I will say that all of the actors do fine in their roles – the material is just really bland.  I really didn’t feel any tension between the characters here, and the film is almost two hours.  The characters were underdeveloped to the point that I was trying hard to stay awake throughout (which rarely happens to me even when I’m bored), and ultimately, the ending left me annoyed.  Something Borrowed becomes ‘something boring,’ and ends up being nothing more than an overlong, not very funny, or well-developed rom-com.


Something Borrowed Review by Nicole

**1/2 (out of 4)

What if your best friend was engaged to someone you love?  Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been best friends since childhood.  But problems arise when Darcy gets engaged to Rachel’s law school buddy Dex (Colin Egglesfield).  Rachel and Dex still have feelings for each other, and after one night of drinking and partying, they find themselves waking up in the same bed.  This develops a relationship with each other.  While Rachel doesn’t want to tell Darcy, Rachel’s friend Ethan (John Krasinski) suggests she does, since Darcy and Dex are ill-matched anyway.

Something Borrowed is predictable.  The characters, except for Ethan, are not that believable.  But it is well acted, relatively clean with no nudity or depicted sexual scenes and moderately entertaining.  This is an enjoyable film that can be watched by teens and adults alike.


Something Borrowed Review by Maureen

**1/4 (out of 4)

When a rom-com like Something Borrowed is based on a popular chick-lit best-seller (Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin) it comes with an already established fan-base.  In the case of this movie, it’s a good thing.  If this had to count on its own merits to be a successful movie it would be out of luck.  The cast here are all talented, experienced and good-looking actors.  If only they had better material to work with.  With a completely predictable plot-line and not that interesting or believable characters Something Borrowed felt like something boring at close to two hours.

Ginnifer Goodwin plays Rachel, a young lawyer who realizes at her 30th birthday party that she is still in love with Dexter (Colin Egglesfield) her former law school study partner.  The problem is, Rachel foolishly allowed her best friend, self-centred Darcy, (Kate Hudson) to get her hooks into Dexter and now the pair are engaged.  The only person who can see the situation clearly is Rachel’s best guy pal, Ethan (John Krasinski).  It’s Krasinski who saves this movie.  He brings believability, humour and sweetness to every scene his character is in.

Something Borrowed isn’t a terrible movie.  It’s just not that terribly interesting or unique.  It’s mindless, light rom-com entertainment.  If you are a fan of Emily Giffin’s book or any of the actors (especially the handsome soap-star, Colin Egglesfield) then you might just like Something Borrowed.  See it now on the big screen, or wait for DVD, it won’t make much difference.  Just watch the end credits for what suggests a possible sequel.


Something Borrowed Review by Tony

** (out of 4)

Rachel’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is throwing her a 30th birthday party two months before her own wedding to Dex (Colin Egglesfield). Rachel and Dex had gone to law school together but Darcy had moved in on Dex before Rachel and Dex could express their own mutual attraction. Now six years later, as Dex takes Rachel home, this attraction is not only suddenly revealed but consummated. We have to wait almost two hours to see how it all turns out. Meanwhile we are reminded over and over how much better suited the quiet and serious Rachel and Dex are to each other than Dex is to the shallow and rarely sober Darcy. Rachel is encouraged by her sweet friend and neighbour Ethan (John Krasinski) to follow her heart, while Darcy tries to set her up with the crude and obnoxious horndog Marcus (Steve Howey).

The best that can be said about Something Borrowed, based on the popular book by Emily Giffin and the first major theatrical release from TV feature director Luke Greenfield, is that it is inoffensive, but the cast, also largely coming from work in TV series deserves better material in a much shorter film.


Consensus: Despite some nice performances, the story and characters of Something Borrowed feel clichéd and unoriginal as it borrows from other movies, and at 112-minutes the film ultimately becomes something boring.  ** (Out of 4)

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