SOMETHING BORROWED


2011

5/10

DIRECTOR: Luke Greenfield

CINEMA REVIEW

Will we be adding this to our collection? Maybe

May Contain Spoilers!

Based on the book of the same name by Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed is a pretty straight forward rom-com, following the misadventures of a group of friends, who’s relationships are strained by the unrequited affections of two of the them, Dex, Colin Egglesfield, and Rachel, Ginnifer Goodwin, who end up sleeping together after a one too many Heineken, the beer with apparently sponsored the film, along with Blackberry!

Dex is the obnoxious Darcy, Kate Hudson’s fiance and Rachael is her more less self-assured best friend but their relationship and feelings predates Hudson’s relationship, though the pair didn’t seize the moment all those year earlier. The problem with this film is its messy.

On one hand, though be in somewhat well-worn, the plot of a love triangle like this is very relevant to many people, as is the involvement of an overbearing, selfish friend, who nobody understands your affection for. But it isn’t deep enough to lay claim that it’s really about that.

It tries to be a light and fluffy rom-com with a deeper, emotional centre but fails at both. The chiche’s that it evokes are cut off in mid flow, seemingly in the misguided belief that the audience doesn’t want chiche’s but they kind of do. Don’t get me wrong, it has it funny moments but those which should be belly laughs are underdeveloped and leave you wanting more.

And with a running time of 112 minutes, I do feel that it is at least 22 minutes too long. The story is just a simple one: Girl meets boy; couple miss their chance; Boy falls in love with girls best mate; 6 year later they’re getting married; Boy and girl sleep together throwing everything in a disarray; will it be resolved in the end? What do you recon? Could this have been covered nicely in 90 minutes? I think so…

And that’s the other thing. All films require the suspension of disbelief but I find it incredible that a couple could be in love, then be separated by her best friend, and the spend the next 6 years deluding themselves that they both feel nothing for each other while Hudson has a successful relationship with him. To me, this pushes things to far. I would give that scenario no more than 12 months before it collapsed and ended in tears.

What happened here? Well, not that. The best thing about this film by far, was John Krasinski, best known for his role in the American version of The Office. He plays Rachel’s confidant and best friend who becomes increasingly frustrated by the actions of Rachel and Dex, particularly Dex who quite accurately is trying to have his cake and eat it.

Overall, a watchable and at times, mildly enjoyable rom-com that offers nothing new to the genre and lacks the faith to dish up the chiche’s, even those it starts. Hudson, though good, became grating very early, with Goodwin and Egglesfield though not bad, lacked enough chemistry to carry this film the way that they should.

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