Something Borrowed, a title which, by the way, doesn’t actually have a true referent, is rom-com fare that runs with its averageness in a way that few could hope to manage. It’s almost as though the film actually revels in being the poster child for a largely meaningless, but utterly necessary film genre, and moreover, aims to celebrate the multi-faceted nature of being “fine enough,” for as wide an audience as possible.
I don’t mean that to be as negative as it cannot help but sound… especially since I mean it to sound rather negative.
The genre itself is largely a waste of time, but a waste of time with an actual purpose, and the idea that “waste of time,” when referring to what we’re screening, certainly shouldn’t rule things out immediately.
There are wastes of time, and then there are wastes of time, and while Something Borrowed is nowhere near the exception that proves the rule category, it’s ultimately a pretty nice effort.
What’s somewhat odd about it is that it is laid out with such precision of form, and with every step and nuance built so exactly to specifications of the mold. Even among rom-com efforts, there are usually a few beats out of place here and there, just so that there is something to be worthy of some note. As the saying goes, if no one hates your story, no one can love it.
Nine times out of ten, a movie would be just that much worse than average for the effort to be average, but here we surprisingly find ourselves landing at a spot that is just a bit better.
We have a story that eases us quickly into a comfortable spot, and never really causes us to question our initial predictions of how everything will work out. Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) are best friends, and have been forever. Darcy is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), but Rachel has had a crush on him since law school. In fact, it was back in those law school days that Rachel very nearly asked Dex out, when Darcy swooped in.
That’s how their relationship has always been. Rachel, the mopey (read: dressed down and “less lively” in order to appear less attractive than she actually is, in typical rom-com fashion), competent, responsible one. Darcy, the fun-loving, bouncy, “hot” one. Darcy gets what she wants, because she goes after it (read: she’s a bitch).
We enter the story with the wedding approaching, and it turns out that Rachel and Dex get shoved together, and don’t unshove until the next morning.
Things play out much as we’d assume, especially adding in Rachel’s other friend, Ethan (John Krasinski), who doesn’t like what Rachel is potentially setting herself up for, or her wishy-washy approach. It’s a low-key, antic-free effort in the date movie world, and spends most of its time focusing on the (alleged) heart of the matter, as it were. It has a fair number of laughs, and doesn’t bog down, and that’s all it’s after.
More often than not, the best things you can say about romantic comedies are the negative things you don’t say, which makes this movie a winner. Sometimes, you want to have a good time, and relax with something that knows better than to try too hard, and this is that movie almost like no other.
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a generous and loyal pal to her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the guy she’s had a crush on since law school…and who happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. In the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy’s wedding, Rachel finds herself caught between her long-time friendship with Darcy and the prospect of losing the love of her life.
Based on Emily Giffin’s bestseller, this funny and touching romantic comedy also stars John Krasinski as Rachel’s constant confidante and conscience, who busily evades the affection of one of Darcy’s lovestruck friends while harboring a secret crush of his own. http://somethingborrowedmovie.warnerbros.com/dvd/
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