Something Borrowed

14 May

Title: Something Borrowed
Year: 
2011
Director: 
Luke Greenfield
Writer: Jennie Snyder, based on the novel by Emily Giffin
Starring: 
Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey
MPAA Rating: 
PG-13, sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material
Runtime: 
103 min
Major Awards: –

IMDb Rating: 
5.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 
15%

The film I saw after Jumping the Broom was this one, Something Borrowed, which was good because I really wanted it to be. Both were released on the same weekend and both dealt with weddings, so I was eager to see how they compared to each other. Audiences gave the weekend edge to Jumping the Broom actually, as that one made $15.2 million on its opening weekend to this one’s $13.9 million, an even bigger victory considering the latter took only $7 million to make while this one came with a $35 million pricetag. However, I gave Jumping the Broom a C grade, so it wasn’t gonna take much to beat that one on my personal scale. And yet, Something Borrowed didn’t even do that.

That’s right, Something Borrowed is worse than Jumping the Broom to me, not by much, but still, it was a real unfortunate weekend for films about weddings. Anyways, the story of this one goes like this: Rachel is a lawyer who’s long had a thing for Dex, her law school friend, but she did nothing because she let her party-girl best friend date him instead, and they’re now engaged. However, on her 30th birthday, Dex and Rachel get a bit tipsy and end up sleeping together. Something that Darcy, the best friend and fiancée, is totally ignorant of, but that Rachel’s male bestie, Ethan, is on in.

That’s really all the plot you really need to know. And it’s really nothing we haven’t seen before, and the characters are all just horribly one-dimensional, saved only by the fact that the film at least somehow managed to get some really good actors to play them. Because really, that’s the only thing this film has got going for itself, and the only reason why I’m not failing it, it really did manage to get a solid cast of actors to at least try their best to flesh out this characters a little bit, something they don’t really achieve but not because of a lack of trying, but just because the script plain sucked.

But I will say one thing I honestly loved about Something Borrowed: John Krasinski. This guy, much like he was in 2007’s License to Wed, is the only good thing in a romantic comedy, and it goes to prove that he’s someone that should start getting juicier roles to really excel at. He plays Ethan, and his timing is just so damn good that he makes the film watchable, his character still isn’t well drawn-out, but at least Mr. Krasinski has the skills to make him likable and, considering he mostly calls things as he sees it, he acts as the audience’s middleman, especially when he just rapidly concludes that Rachel’s being stupid and Dex is being a dick, that right there summed up that conundrum Something Borrowed spends an hour and forty minutes pondering over. Really, somebody should get in the business of making this man the next Tom Hanks, and fast.

As for the rest of the cast, they really try to make their characters something with a bit of believability, but they don’t come close to Mr. Krasinski’s admirable results. Ginnifer Goodwin, who you might now from HBO’s Big Love, takes a stab at playing Rachel, and even though she’s a really sweet actress who’s proven she can act she really can’t do anything with this role. Rachel’s indecisiveness gets unbearable fast enough and there’s just no turning back and she’s another member of this cast who really needs to be given material in which she can really shine, especially now that Big Love ended its five-year run, which even though was full of ups-and-downs on the last couple of years, was still pretty brilliant overall.

As for Dex and Darcy, we get to see Colin Egglesfield and Kate Hudson tackle those roles. He you might know from his four-year run in All My Children or his turn as Auggie in the CW’s failed attempt to reboot Melrose Place a couple of years ago. And he looks the par here, but that’s about it. But then again, considering his character can only be viewed as a coward at times or a jerk at others, then it’s not as though he was thrown such a good bone to begin with.

As for Ms. Hudson, who I’m usually a big fan of, well, she’s kind of good here, the best part of the film other than Mr. Krasinski, but still far from great. Even though it was nice to see her kind of take on the more ‘evil’ role of the film considering she’s usually the good girl, her character was way too obnoxious to care even one bit about her. She does get a few scenes to work her magic, I guess, and they work for a minute, but only for a minute, and it doesn’t take too long before her character is back to just being a horribly formed caricature, the girl who obviously shouldn’t have gotten the guy, who just likes to party like crazy and doesn’t care a bit for anyone that isn’t herself. Again, we’ve seen all of this before.

But this is a trio of real fine actors (Mr. Egglesfield hasn’t done enough for me to come to an opinion about him just yet), and they deserve so much more than what they get in Something Borrowed. Their talents are enough to make me not want to fail this one, Mr. Krasinski saved this movie for me, but I’ll still recommend you to definitely skip this one, it’s not worthy of your money, some of the stuff that happens here is just implausible, and the other half is plain dumb. We’re ready for our something new, please.

Grade: C-

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One Response to “Something Borrowed”

  1. CMrok93 May 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    The film seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she’s played by Kate Hudson. It’s hard to imagine a worse miscalculation. Just a plain old, terrible film that I couldn’t stand after awhile. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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