Something Borrowed was a 2005 bestseller book penned by Emily Giffin. As with all popular books, chic-lit or not, they are always pounced on by movie makers for a little plot-blockbusterization action. More often than not, that plan crashes and burns. Movie adaptations are almost always not as good as the book; and the only exception to this rule is if you've not read the book.
I had not read the book (and obviously Adam hasn't either) so I went into the movie with a clean slate of mind.
Something Borrowed follows our main protagonist, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), a demure, smart, single, play-by-the-book lawyer who just turned thirty. Rachel has the two mandatory best friends whom she grew up with, Ethan (John Krasinski - from The Office! :D) and the vivacious, gregarious Darcy (played by blonde bombshell Kate Hudson). Rachel spends most of her life, if not all of it thus far, being a supporting act to Darcy, and it seems as though the domineering Darcy is more than happy to have Rachel in her shadows, which bugs Ethan to no end.
|The main cast of Something Borrowed - Krasinski, Goodwin, Hudson & Egglesfield|
Now here's where the plot thickens - Darcy is about to tie the knot with her fiancé, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), and by default as best-friend-since-forever, the maid of honour is none other than Rachel. Which would be perfect, but it's not because...
...Rachel actually harbours a crush on Dex that stems from their varsity days. And vice versa. Ever since their first day of law school, Dex and Rachel have been almost inseparable and unbeknown to each other, have both started to fall in love with each other. See, the thing is Dex is pretty much Mr. Perfect; he's tall and good-looking and comes from money and Rachel, although pretty, feels that someone like him would never fall for someone like her. The clincher? Rachel unknowingly pushes Dex away to her best friend Darcy, and by some strange twist of fate, they fall in love. In just a stone's throw away from the wedding, some old flames are reignited between Rachel and Dex, and in a night of nostalgic (and semi-drunkedness) stupor, they sleep together and realize that their feelings are reciprocated. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why she's in such a cliched sticky spot throughout the movie.
It's the age-old love triangle with a best friend thrown in, but unfortunately, things go rather wrong in this chick flick. The script was contrived, dry and draggy.
|Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel|
Goodwin tried her hardest, with what she was given to work with, bless her soul. Her portrayal of Rachel won't be winning her any awards but it made the movie better. She was charming and loyal and... immensely nice. With Goodwin's persona, she made Rachel the kind of person you wanted to be friends with. It was easy to root for her, for her to finally get what she wanted.
|Kate Hudson as Darcy|
|Colin Egglesfield as Dex|
|John Krasinski as Ethan|