Something Borrowed


Something Borrowed
Warner Bro. Pictures
1 hour 43 minutes
PG-13

Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since childhood, and they have remained as close as sisters. They are turning thirty; Darcy is getting married, and Rachel is still single. Part of Rachel’s reasons for being single is Darcy’s fiancé, Dexter. Rachel has been in love with him since college; in fact, she accidentally introduced him to Darcy. Rachel drunkenly confesses her feelings to Dexter just months before the wedding, and is shocked to hear that he returns her feelings. They explore their potential relationship and wrestle with what they should do about Darcy and the wedding. Something Borrowed is based upon a book with the same name by Emily Griffin.

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Let’s begin by talking about the strengths of this movie, because there were so many things wrong with it. I thought it was very well cast. All the actors did a fine job. I particularly liked John Krasinski’s performance, who played Ethan. Kate Hudson played the role of Darcy. Ginnifer Goodwin was Rachel, and Colin Egglesfield was Dexter. Also, although I have not read the book, based on reviews and synopsis, the movie remained faithful to it’s source material. The movie did have a few funny spots, such as the physical humor during the badminton game on the beach. Finally, one of the movie’s greatest strengths was realistically showing a toxic relationship between women.

The movie was set in New York City, London, and the Hamptons. I felt that the strong locations were rather lost on the movie. This story could have been told anywhere and set in any social class. For the purpose of the movie, it was more desirable to create a fantasy world of super rich and beautiful people having relationship problems. I think this universality is actually a weakness of the film, insomuch as it relates to the setting because of the lost potential to do more with these amazing locations.

The greatest weakness of the movie was the plot itself. It was grossly immoral and offensive at various points. The way in which these characters hopped beds and broke promises was deeply unattractive. There was no compelling reason to care about any of these characters. Rachel, our supposed heroine, is so passive that she doesn’t even act to keep her crush to herself in college. She goes on to envy her best friend’s relationship with him, and ends up having an affair behind Darcy’s back. Dexter, our supposed hero, lacks resolve and has severe mommy/daddy issues. Darcy is no prize either. By the end of the movie, she confesses to several wrongs she has done that seem to have no place in the movie other than to manipulate the viewer into justifying Rachel and Dexter’s behavior. Ethan, Rachel’s male friend, seems like the most upstanding one among them, but even he is guilty of sleeping around and then lying about his sexual orientation in order to rid himself of unwanted female attention. In addition to these other faults, I was unhappy that several story threads were never wrapped up. We never find out if Darcy actually was accepted in Notre Dame (it was only implied), what ever happened to Ethan in London, or if these people are still stuck in jobs that they hate.

Similar movies, in tone or content, include The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City.

I would not recommend this movie.

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I am a woman working in the Twin Cities as a programming Librarian.
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2 Responses to Something Borrowed

  1. D.J says:

    Actually about the whole “We never find out if Darcy actually was accepted in Notre Dame (it was only implied)”, in the book sequel “Something Blue” we find it was a lie. I know movies don’t always follow books but like you said the movie and the book are virtually alike. This link shows the passage in the book to support my statement. http://books.google.com/books?id=vtbEdUWDah0C&pg=PA205&lpg=PA205&dq=did+darcy+get+accepted+to+notre+dame&source=bl&ots=MO5vSr0G25&sig=SZHIcwyne6aLTpUgNuXLgZfrP3A&hl=en&ei=atrqTd25E4OFtgfN5NS_AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CEgQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=did%20darcy%20get%20accepted%20to%20notre%20dame&f=false

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