Movie Review – Something Borrowed
My friend and I were 100% in the mood for a chick flick. We debated seeing WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, but put that idea aside for a little more cheese, SOMETHING BORROWED. It met my expectations and filled the chick flick craving nicely.
SOMETHING BORROWED had all the right elements, the two best friends who are not quite alike, with Kate Hudson’s character, Darcy, being the more fun, flirtatious and outgoing gal and Ginnifer Goodwin cast as Rachel, the more, studious and dowdy girl. Goodwin isn’t a perfect fit, though, as she came across on screen as the aesthetically more beautiful of the two. But Goodwin knows how to play the self-effacing, hopeless girl a la HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU and Kate Hudson has already been down the road of more vivacious, overbearing, kind of bitchy friend in BRIDE WARS. So the role for each of them is not new and perhaps a bit too comfortable – no surprises here.
John Krasinski plays the third wheel in the childhood friendship. His character Ethan is closer to Rachel (of course) and as expected, holds her close to his heart. When Ethan expresses his feelings to Rachel, Krasinki’s performance is golden. You just want to give him a big hug. For me, that was the only heartbreaking moment of the film.
The dreamboat in the cast of characters, Dex (seriously, very cheesy) is Colin Egglesfield. The five years he spent on the daytime soap ALL MY CHILDREN prepared him nicely for this role. He’s impossibly handsome, has a killer smile, is charming, but has absolutely zero substance. I’m sure he’s great in bed, though. He probably smells really good too! I’m sure there are lots of public references to him being a young Tom Cruise look alike. There were moments I thought I might be watching TOP GUN with those pilot sunglasses. He’s a hottie, for sure, but did not come across as a man to fight over.
All the right elements, I mentioned. We were treated to love scenes on roof tops, the Hamptons, comic relief in the form of a horny cousin of Dex’s, the girls’ sleepover night with dance scene bonus and even a night time run-in-the-rain moment (Dex didn’t get wet in the scene, so points removed there). There was plenty of good conversation between Rachel and Ethan and sappy, girly moments between Rachel and Darcy. The film played out exactly as expected with neither a twist nor a turn, nor even an unhappy ending.
It was not the best romantic comedy I’ve ever seen, clearly. I’m patiently waiting for another WHEN HARRY MET SALLY or 27 DRESSES, but until that little gem comes along, SOMETHING BORROWED fills the time and let’s me mindlessly enjoy a story which has been told a dozen times, this time with really good looking and/or likeable characters.
Side note – I’d love to see John Krasinski in the lead role of this genre. Girls would swoon and cheer for him to get the girl in the end. Trust me. He’s adorable.
Take note – stay to watch the credits, as there is one quick scene with Darcy and Ethan and a “To be continued…” announcement. I’ll venture to say the title will be SOMETHING BLUE and that perhaps that darling John Krasinski’s Ethan finally finds love.