Can a lifelong friendship survive a romantic entanglement of epic proportions? Should you sacrifice true love for a tenuous friendship? That’s the premise of the romantic comedy Something Borrowed, now on DVD, which puts friendship through the ultimate test with some all too familiar results.
Something Borrowed followed nice girl Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) who had a secret crush on best friend Darcy’s (Kate Hudson) fiancé Dex (Colin Egglesfield) ever since law school. Unfortunately, Darcy beat her to the punch in making the first move and ended up with Rachel’s dream guy. Now, Rachel is left in a dead end job and suffering through seeing Darcy making out with the love of her life. On her 30th birthday, Rachel makes a drunken declaration to Dex about her feelings and he surprisingly kisses her. Both of them were shocked to find themselves in bed together the next morning with no way to explain their mutual betrayal to Darcy. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be remains oblivious to their one night stand and plans nothing but parties and her wedding. Rachel’s only confidant is her childhood friend Ethan (John Krasinski) a writer who harbored a secret of his own. As Dex’s wedding nears, she grows tired of being the third wheel and declared that Dex need to make a decision as to who he wants to be with: his soulmate Rachel or her stand-in Darcy. Will Dex choose the life he really wants to live or the life his parents want for him?
In terms of plot, Something Borrowed’s storyline is pretty much from the playbook of every romantic comedy ever made with the standard clichés that come with them. Sadly, this is ultimately the movie’s flaw in the end because the plot itself seemingly condones Rachel and Dex cheating on Darcy, even though Darcy isn’t a very nice person herself. The movie seems to forgive the affair by making Darcy such a selfish party girl who uses the people closest to her for her own convenience. It also doesn’t help that Hudson has played the party girl in countless other romantic comedies (Bride Wars, Raising Helen, etc) that it has sort of type casted her in a negative light. Instead of playing these substance free characters, she should try doing riskier films that display her range as an actress like Almost Famous and the dark indie The Killer Inside Me that had her downplaying her appearance. The film’s biggest casualties were Goodwin and Egglesfield who lacked the chemistry to be the movie’s driving force romance. They basically spent the entire movie longing to be together and downplayed the fact that they didn’t know they were in love with each other all along. Borrowed’s saving grace was the underused Krasinski as the cynical friend who knew everything and had the best one liners of the entire cast. He should’ve been more integral to the plot than being used as disposable comic relief. Maybe he’ll get a shot at being a leading man someday or shine on another season of The Office.
Verdict: A casual romantic comedy that sinks under a less than charming plot.
DVD Score: 2 out of 5 stars
Movie Rating: PG-13
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)