A typical Sunday afternoon on cable consists of re-runs, marathons of “Say Yes to the Dress,” and back-to-back chick flicks. One of the movies that seems to pop up on my cable every couple of Sundays is Something Borrowed (2011).
Something Borrowed, 3/5 Stars
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin (Rachel), Kate Hudson (Darcy), and Colin Egglesfield (Dex), Something Borrowed follows the semi-boring life of Rachel as she watches her best friend Darcy prepare to marry Dex, the man Rachel loves.
In typical drama/comedy/romance fashion, the film flashes back and forth between Rachel’s present unhappiness and her missed opportunities for love (with Dex) in the past. One drunken night, Rachel and Dex end up in bed together at Rachel’s apartment, and the rest of the film revolves around Rachel waiting for Dex to leave Darcy, and Darcy proving herself to be an obnoxious yet somehow lovable character.
For example, at one point during the film she forces Rachel to take part in an old-school dance party for two:
Despite the cutesy-funny moment, however, Darcy essentially proves to be a cheating, lying, self-absorbed friend who sees what she wants and takes it–regardless of who gets hurt.
The only voice of morality and reason in the film seems to be Rachel’s guy friend Ethan (John Krasinski), who tells Rachel over and over again that sleeping with her best friend’s fiancé is wrong, and that Dex is stringing her along. He also tells us that Darcy lied about getting into Notre Dame, and shows that perhaps Darcy isn’t the best friend that Rachel thinks she is. However, when he tries to tell Darcy that Dex and Rachel are sneaking around, Rachel hits him in the face with a badminton racquet. Not too long after that, Ethan moves away to London to pursue a career as a novelist.
When Rachel finally freaks out about Dex going through with the wedding, she runs away to London to spend some time with Ethan. There, Ethan confesses his love for Rachel; in turn, Rachel comes back home and tells Dex he has to choose. Moments later, Dex tells Rachel the wedding is off.
Turns out, Darcy has been sleeping with Dex’s friend Marcus (Steve Howey) and is pregnant. In typical fashion, Darcy comes to tell Rachel the news, only to find Dex already inside Rachel’s apartment. Rachel and Darcy have a terrible falling out. Darcy storms off, and Ethan is never heard from again.
Flash forward a few months and Rachel passes Darcy on the street. Darcy is visibly pregnant and claims to be happy; Rachel is carrying Dex’s dry-cleaning. Ethan, again, is never heard from.
In sum, the movie follows the complete destruction of a number of relationships. Ethan completely disappears; Rachel and Darcy never make amends or honour their friendship at any time throughout the film; Marcus and Dex appear never to speak again. The only relationships that remain intact are the romantic ones that are created by cheating.
All-in-all, it’s a depressing film with a questionable message about the importance of romantic relationships over friendships you’ve held since childhood. It’s entertaining, easy to watch, has some good acting by Hudson and Goodwin, and Egglesfield and Krasinski are certainly easy on the eyes, so I give it 3 stars out of 5. Just be forewarned: the ending of the film may leave you feeling something blue!