Wobbly Compass Navigates Something Borrowed
- Friday, May 06, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: May 6, 2011
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue and some drug material)
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama, Adaptation
Run Time: 112 min.
Director: Luke Greenfield
Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams
Sometimes clichés are clichés for a reason, and one immediately springs to mind when watching Something Borrowed: With friends like Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin, Ramona and Beezus) and Darcy (Kate Hudson, Nine) on the loose, who needs enemies?
Yes, in case you missed the film’s trailer or the recent barrage of TV spots, Rachel is the do-gooding, perpetually single lawyer who’s also a major doormat. Coincidentally, that spineless sensibility is absolutely perfect when your best friend is Darcy. See, Darcy is the fun-loving party girl with a major narcissistic streak. In fact, when she throws a party for your birthday, she’ll still find a way to get all the attention, something Rachel reluctantly accepts when that dreaded 30th birthday rolls around.
And considering that Darcy has exactly zero good traits, save for the ability to cry without ruining her mascara apparently, you almost can’t help cheering for Rachel when she does something completely out of character. After Darcy leaves Rachel’s party, drunk and insulting her taste in footwear to boot, Rachel and Dex (Colin Egglesfield), end up (gasp!) spending the night together. Trouble is, Dex is engaged to Darcy and the wedding is, well, imminent.
Aside from Darcy’s sheer hideousness, the film makes a great case for forgiving Dex's and Rachel’s little indiscretion by showing their cute almost-romance in law school in several flashbacks. But what’s practically a given is that night changed everything—and Dex is definitely confused about whether marrying Darcy is actually the right decision.
Of course, things get increasingly dicey when Dex and Rachel decide to keep their liaison a secret, not exactly the easiest thing to do when you’re all sharing a summer home in the Hamptons on the weekends. Further complicating matters is that Ethan (a scene-stealing John Krasinski, It’s Complicated), who’s also a Hamptons houseguest, is about thisclose to revealing their big secret if Rachel, his crush for years now, doesn’t stand up for what she wants—namely the big happy-ever-after ending with Dex.
Incidentally, why Rachel favors Dex over Ethan is just one of the story’s many mysteries. Sure, no one’s doubting that Dex is drop-dead gorgeous (imagine a less toothy, much younger Tom Cruise). But when the going gets tough, he simply lacks the guts and maturity to stand up for what’s right, even if that decision happens to disappoint his parents. Truth be told, Dex would much rather marry the wrong woman and settle for an empty life in the ‘burbs to avoid conflict, not exactly the most attractive of qualities.
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