Monday, February 3, 2014

Something Borrowed (2011) [PG-13] ***

Best friends Rachel and Darcy (Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson) are both in love with Dex (Colin Egglesfield). Rachel met him first, in law school, but she never told him how she felt, and, instead, she introduced him to Darcy, and now they're engaged to be married. Then, on Rachel's 30th birthday, Darcy goes home drunk from a party, and Rachel and Dex finally get around to talking about their feelings for each other, and doing what they should have done years earlier.

Sadly, this potentially entertaining romantic comedy is doomed by its boring screenplay and one-dimensional characters. Darcy is loud, obnoxious and narcissistic; Dex is handsome in a Tom Cruise sort of way, but there's no depth to him; and Rachel is a good girl who tries to make everyone else happy while she suffers in silence. The supporting characters are no better: Ethan (John Krasinski) is a nice-guy, childhood friend of Rachel's who cares deeply for her; Claire (Ashley Williams) is slightly slutty in her desire to get Ethan into bed, and Marcus (Steve Howey) is a womanizer who can't keep his hands off any girl within reach. The result is that none of these characters is interesting enough to make us care about them or their eventual happiness. Something Borrowed is a virtual clone of The Romantics starring Anna Paquin, Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, and the two films are equally forgettable. 

[Blogger's rating: ** out of 5 stars. This is a perfect example of the disconnect between critics (**/5) and viewing audiences (****/5). Sigh...]

Labels: comedy, drama, romance    
Internet Movie Database   
Metacritic 36/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=39, viewers=62)    
Wikipedia (caution: spoilers) 

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