Are romantic comedies getting this bad?
When successful single lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) learns that her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) — the same guy she’s pined after for years — she’s determined to maintain her loyalty. But things don’t go quite as planned. Instead, she and Dex wind up in bed on the night of her 30th birthday party. Not surprisingly, the fallout from their romantic “slip” generates awkwardness for all concerned.
After viewing the romantic comedy masterpiece of 2011 that is No Strings Attached, I just couldn’t wait to see a film that had that running for its money. Thankfully, I didn’t pay to see either.
The one thing about this film is that it is so terribly written. First of all this is a melodrama that has some of the worst comedy, and even worse romance. The main reason why the comedy doesn’t work is because there’s not too much here and it just ends up being corny sex jokes, that never ever work.
But the real reason why the romance doesn’t work here is because these characters are so terribly unlikable. Throughout the whole film I kept wondering why anybody would want to be best friends let alone marry this skanky, sleazy, and ignorant chick named Darcy. She is so mean to everyone around her, and it’s pretty obvious that nobody wants to really be with her, other than for a one night stand, so why the hell has she attracted this guy Dex, and why is she best friends with this polar-opposite Rachel. The romance is also just full of terrible romantic cliches that always pop up in these types of films, and there is no new insight into relationships whatsoever in here. This plot just starts to unravel with nothing new, and nothing interesting to say.
The performances are bland as well even though I can tell everyone tries. Kate Hudson is terribly unlikable as Darcy, and she looks really tired in here, since she basically plays the same character in every romantic comedy that has been released in the past decade. The film also seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she is played by Kate Hudson, but that is just so wrong on so many levels. Ginnifer Goodwin is cute but very bland and her character isn’t that smart either since a lot of the situations the film gets put into are all because of her and her stupidity. So much for her being the next “it” girl. Colin Egglesfield aka Tom Cruise is also really lame here as the awesome named Dex, who has got no good qualities about him which is strange since these chicks are both in love with him. John Krasinski is maybe the only reason why I’m actually giving this a 1, because his constant sarcastic and boyish charm never ceases to work on me. Thank you John, you’re still the man even though you chose this shit.
Consensus: Basically in a nutshell: Something Borrowed is boring, unoriginal, cheesy, corny, filled with unlikable characters, and has nothing new to say or even do for that matter. Avoid at all costs, unless you really need a date movie.