National Release Date: 5 May 2011
Something Borrowed has a specific target audience in mind, and that target audience doesn’t include me. After all, it is based on the bestselling chick lit novel (by Emily Griffin) and stars Kate Hudson, who I simply don’t like for reasons I don’t really understand.
Something Borrowed is an apt title, I suppose, because it borrows freely from other chick lit and chick flicks. Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin from She’s Just Not That Into You — is it just me or has she lost a lot of weight?) is a thirty-year old single woman who is a quiet sidekick to her wild best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson), and is secretly in love with said friend’s fiance Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who was once her potential suitor and may have feelings for her too.
That’s all I’ll say but I imagine you can guess the rest. Angst, heartache, heartbreak, loyalty, betrayal, friendship, love lost and love won — you get the gist. It’s categorised as a rom-com but the humour is light and typical. I wouldn’t call it completely predictable but there was definitely a sense of inevitability to the whole thing, which was all very formulaic.
There were good reasons for me to like the film. Rachel is a lawyer (my old world) and her long-time confidant Ethan (John Krasinki) is a writer (my new world). It’s a film about something I can appreciate — competing desires — what you want against what others think is right. But I just couldn’t get into it, and I doubt the rest of the almost entirely male reviewer audience could either.
To be fair, I am a fan of Ginnifer Goodwin, who seems to be making a habit of being the lead actress without getting top billing (she was really the central character of He’s Just Not That Into You and dominates this film from start to finish). She gives a stellar performance and is likable as the torn Rachel. And as much as I hate to say it, Kate Hudson was pretty good too (but it doesn’t change the way I feel about her). As for the male cast, John Krasinki was solid, bringing his comedic presence from The Office along with him, but Colin Egglesfield was horrible. A fine looking man, but he failed to bring out a character that could have and should have been so much more.
Ultimately, the target audience may very well enjoy Something Borrowed. Modern fairytalesque love triangle, (very) light humour, pretty stars and a cookie-cutter plot with an ending that’s too neatly wrapped for my liking (though for a film of this kind it’s not too bad). I just wish it was more engrossing, had more laughs, and had more likable characters. Was that too much to ask?
2 stars out of 5