Something Borrowed Movie Review: Your Typical Chick Flick Runs A Bit Long

April 30, 2011

I caught an advance screening of Something Borrowed, the movie based on the novel by chick lit best selling author Emily Giffin (one of my faves!). I read the book and loved it, so did I feel the same about the movie version? Read my review below.

Something Borrowed

Tagline – “Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy’s fiancé.”

If you’ve seen the trailers for this movie, you pretty much get the gist of what happens in the flick. I don’t think it’s really necessary to warn you of my spoiler alert coming up next, right? In a normal world, many aren’t very accepting of the notion that a BFF would sleep with her best friend’s fiance, how could one do that, right? In the book, which was wonderfully written, I found myself actually cheering Rachel on. I read it in a day because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens in the end.

Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Rachel, the good girl, and Kate Hudson as her obnoxious and self-centered BFF, Darcy. They have been friends since childhood. They attend different colleges, and it is in law school that Rachel meets Dex (played by the hunky Colin Egglesfield of All My Children fame). They go on to become study partners while Rachel, of course, secretly falls for him. About eight months later, Darcy finally meets dreamy Dex, and you guessed it, whatever Darcy wants she gets, as she has throughout her life. Darcy tells Dex to ask Rachel out already, to which Rachel of course tells her, ‘we’re just friends’. This sets up Darcy to tell Dex, ‘fine, ask me out.’ And so it begins, and fast forward six years later, where Darcy and Dex are engaged to be married.

It is on the night of Rachel’s 30th ‘surprise’ birthday party that she and Dex are thrown together. Darcy, in her drunken stupor, is taken home early by Dex, only for Dex to return to the party to look for Darcy’s forgotten Chanel purse, which she left at the bar. Rachel finds it and the two share a cab ride home. Dex asks her to go out for one more drink, and she of course gives in. After having a few drinks too many, Rachel just nonchalantly shares the fact that she had such a crush on him in law school, much to Dex’s surprise. So long story short, she apologizes for telling him that, he questions why she didn’t say something and voila! They end up sleeping with each other.

We see Rachel struggle with what has happened, and dealing with that little thing called a wedding between Dex and her BFF Darcy, which is coming up quickly. Insert some summer weekends here and there at the Hamptons (which prove to be awkward for Rach & Dex), a confession by Rachel’s other bestie, Ethan, and Darcy pondering if she should in fact marry Dex.

While I feel that Kate Hudson was spot on in the role of the egocentric Darcy, Ginnifer Goodwin does a good job as our heroine Rachel. I felt like something was missing from her, though. I can’t really put my finger on it. Colin Egglesfield undoubtedly fit the bill as the gorgeous Dex, but sadly, that’s about it. He didn’t seem believable to me in the role. John Krasinksi, on the other hand, helloooo! Just perfect. Thank goodness his character Ethan got more screen time than he did in the book. Thanks to Ashley Williams (yes, the younger sister of Kimberly Williams-Paisley), who played Claire, and Steve Howey (yep, from Reba fame) as Marcus, Dex’s best friend, who provided the comic relief. Claire tried desperately to hook up with Ethan while Marcus was always on a quest to bed anyone he comes in contact with.

There are, of course, differences between the book and the movie, but all in all it is your typical chick flick. It runs a bit long, though. Does everything get tidied up nicely in the end? I won’t say… Oh, almost forgot — it was great to see a cameo appearance by Emily Giffin, watch for it….she’s on the park bench reading none other than, ‘Something Blue’.

If you’ve seen the flick, let me know what you thought. Did you read the book as well? The trailer for Something Borrowed can be seen below as well as some pics from the set. The movie premieres May 6th in theaters nationwide.

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Photos:, HRC, Patricia Schlein

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2 Responses to “Something Borrowed Movie Review: Your Typical Chick Flick Runs A Bit Long”

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    Stacy Says:

    I actually didn’t know there was a book, but now I want to read it. May wait for DVD on this movie though!

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    Jeanette Says:

    I love Emily Giffin! After you read Something Borrowed, pick up the sequel – Something Blue. Even better!