Directed by Luke Greenfield. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski.
A movie that makes absolutely no sense, gives rom-coms a very bad name indeed, and makes you wonder why no one making this film felt that Ginnifer Goodwin’s character deserved better than the Tom Cruise lookalike dud Colin Egglesfield. The rest of the audience certainly did.
And I thought Jennifer Aniston rom-coms were tiring (with some exceptions like Just Go With It). So here you have a wedding story about Dex (Egglesfield) and Darcy (Hudson) who were introduced to each other by Darcy’s best friend and Dex’s college study partner Rachel (Goodwin) six years ago. And then in the very first scene of the movie Rachel and Dex sleep together. And then you’re expected to believe that in college, while Rachel had a crush on Dex she never for once realised that he had a crush on her. Perhaps a female director would have worked better for this one.
Oh and then you have the friendship between Darcy and Rachel that is supposed to create the guilt factor of the film. How can he leave her? How can her best friend do this to her? Because she’s a bitch! They should have slept together in the first 10 minutes of the film and gotten married the next day. But no, the filmmakers insist on putting you through an ordeal of bad jokes, ugly situations and charmless characters. Darcy is shallow, self-obsessed and vain. There are no endearing qualities about her and you wonder why Rachel (ably performed by Goodwin) would ever be Darcy’s friend. Nothing establishes this unbreakable bond apart from probably Rachel’s preference to be used as a doormat.
Through the film are scenes of the gang of friends and the couple-to-be going off on summer vacations to the Hamptons and doing nothing. Then you have Dex and Rachel stealing some ‘free’ time together on the 4th of July since everyone has left New York and they can walk the streets holding hands without a care but alas Dex’s parents spoil that for them. His mother has been unwell and is ‘getting better’ but from what we’re never told. So he’s mama’s boy and can’t spoil the family name. Poor chap.
The one and only good thing about Something Borrowed is Rachel’s friend Ethan played by John Krasinski (TVs The Office and other films). He’s the only voice of reason in the film, the only one with bearable lines that speak to you and give you a bit of a chuckle. By the end of it all you’re not rooting for Dex and Rachel to get together, you really are hoping for Rachel and Ethan to salvage this unromantic piece of witless, charmless, joyless and frankly brainless trash that has passed off as a film.