Tags: something | borrowed | move | review | kate | hudson | engagement

Nothing Good About 'Something Borrowed'

Monday, 02 May 2011 12:25 PM


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Weddings are clogging the cinema calendar these days with invitations coming in for "Jumping the Broom," "Bridesmaids," "Love, Wedding, Marriage" and "Something Borrowed."

What these films also share in common is a comic ineptitude that makes you wish for Divorce American Style. But one invitation at a time since "Something Borrowed" is the cliched, predictable and exasperating movie under review here. The problem with this one is that of forcing rote characters into tired formulas that call to the mind the worst sort of TV sitcoms. All that's missing is a laugh track.

"Something Borrowed," opening Friday, doesn't so much borrow from other movies as settle into a comfort zone of raising provocative questions regarding love, commitment and marriage only to dismiss them with a brush of a hand as so much dandruff. Box office will reflect audiences' willingness to tolerate such laziness.

The really odd thing about all the characters in Something Borrowed is how much they dislike or manipulate one another. The engaged couple is clearly mismatched, the "best friends" friendship of bride and bridesmaid is a one-way relationship and everyone on their periphery either mock or take pains to avoid each other. Fun times.

Darcy (Kate Hudson), a blonde party-girl with an overpowering sense of entitlement, has stolen away an infatuated law-school classmate, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), from Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), supposedly her best friend since childhood. Now on the eve of the nuptials, Dex and Rachel impulsively sleep together and rekindle all those glorious law-school memories. Gosh, what to do? Well, call off the wedding and rethink things. Alas, if that happens there goes the movie so everyone dithers so much Hamlet looks like a decisive guy.

Surrounding this soap opera are such best enemies as Ethan (John Krasinski), Rachel's confident and secret admirer, who seems to exist for reaction shots; Dex's best mate Marcus (Steve Howey), a loathsome skirt-chaser that many of the film's women tolerate if not favor to the point of making them look daft; and Darcy's friend Claire (Ashley Williams), whose pursuit of Ethan makes him willing to pretend to be gay.

Every weekend these folks head for the Hamptons for thoroughly awful get-togethers. This does, however, gives rise to -- spoiler alert -- the movie's one and only witty line. Ethan declares the Hamptons are "a zombie movie directed by Ralph Lauren."

If only screenwriter Jennie Synder Urman had further pursued this sort of wit in a script based on Emily Giffin's novel. If only director Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") had relied less on music cues and more on his cast to tell this admittedly lame story.

The film most reminiscent of "Something Borrowed" was the quite enjoyable Steve Carell-Juliette Binoche romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life." What separates these two films, besides the creation of real characters in reasonably real situations in the latter, is an insistence that the two romantic leads in "Something Borrowed" once had their chance at romance and blew it only to drag a somewhat innocent person into a three-way that makes everyone look pathetic. (Actually Hudson's character is anything but innocent so the word is used here in the loosest possible sense.)

Consequently, you don't really like anyone here. No one deserves to be happy given the bad decisions, wrong values and susceptibility to outside pressure all the characters suffer from. Production values are Ralph Lauren slick without a zombie in sight. (To read more about our entertainment news, visit our blog "Fan Fare" online at http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/)

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.

Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Get me on Fast Features
Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved