Wednesday, May 11, 2011



“SOMETHING BORROWED” has a strange yarn to spin,

a lesson to learn from, if any of those make any sound sense.

From one gal to another, it merely conjures an unapologetic statement, “Can I screw your fiance?”

Can you? Will you? (answer please, with a straight face).

The advertising slogan shouts “IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.”

So what kind of a moral is that?

The movie is based loosely on Emily Giffin’s naughty book of the same name, dwelling on the love/hate relationship of the two pairs of leads.

Rachel, an attorney is disgruntled because she’s still single and very available at 30 when most of her friends are already hitched.

She has to put up with being in the shadow of her best friend Darcy, a gregarious party girl who leads a charmed life.

Rachel has a secret crush on a dim-witted hunk Dex during law school . Lacking the confidence to divulge her true feelings for Dex, Rachel loses out and let a romance kindle between Darcy and Dex.

It’s a bad decision for sure.

Soon Darcy and Dex become engaged.

Rachel and Dex suddenly find a mutual sexual attraction for each other (at this time?) and begin balling each other behind Darcy’s back, starting an affair at a wrong time.

Ginnifer Goodwin plays Rachel. She may be wholesome and smart, but not smart enough as she shamelessly snares her best friend’s fiance.

Kate Hudson is Darcy. She’s beautiful, self-centered and not terribly bright. She’s the kind of girl all the fraternity guys’d fall for in college, until they realize she can be such an airhead.

Then there is Colin Egglesfield as Dex. Good looking – yes, but too lame of a bloke to be a real man.

“SOMETHING BORROWED” directed by Luke Greenfield is not a film that tickles everyone’s fancy.

It’s a girlie flick for die-hard fans of romantic comedies.

True, the movie may, at times ambles predictably, but there’s a redeeming charm if you care to look for it.

The lead actors are likable and funny and they gave their best shot.

To sum it all up, hear what the film producer Molly Smith has to say:

“You know, I think audiences are used to romantic comedies being sort of tied up with a red bow at the end, and this one’s not,” she said.

“I love that about the film, and that’s why we wanted to make it, because this one felt real and genuine. Life is messy and love is messy. That’s what we were trying to say with this film, which is that these are real, flawed girls.

You know, they’re sort of coming into their own and growing up. And it was a story we wanted to tell, about love and life and friendship.”

Point taken.


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