Something Borrowed (2011)
Better than I thought it would be, but still not my thing.
Something Borrowed is about a straight-laced lawyer who turns the big 3-0 and sleeps with her best friend’s fiancee after secretly being crazy about him for years, throwing back a handful of Heinekens, and telling him how she really feels (which works out beautifully since it turns out he’s been crazy about her for years, too). After feeling shame and mulling it over the next morning, they decide to keep things under wraps and come up with a solution so that they can be together without hurting her best friend. Being that polygamy is out of the question, they quickly realize that this idea blows, but they keep at it anyway and try to figure shit out as they go out to the Hamptons every weekend and pretend like everything’s gravy.
So I haven’t read the book, chances are I never will, and while I’m sure it’s as fine a read as my good buddy Fred tells me it is, I’m not exactly the target demographic here. And that’s fine, I knew what I was getting myself into and the good thing about these kinds of situations is that they don’t leave a whole lot of room for disappointment in turn. It’s a chick flick, you know the drill.
There’s not much to say about the directing here since the driving forces are story and the characters, and while I’m all for some fresh personalities in a genre that could use ’em, I don’t really think these are the ones I had in mind. On top of all the emotional drama that comes about thanks to all the sexin’ and such, there’s the whole dynamic between the two women of this story, Rachel and Darcy. See, not counting the affair she has with her best friend’s fiancee (which is a definite no-no), Rachel’s a pretty likable gal whose biggest flaw is that she doesn’t take charge when it comes to the things she wants most in life. And while I’m usually never that guy who’d give the go-ahead on sleeping around, that Darcy sure is a bitch.
I mean, I like to think I’m a pretty good judge of character and that my closest friends aren’t just around because I feel obligated or because I don’t have the balls to say, “Dude, you’re a dick. Friendship over.” Granted, none of these friends are ones that I had play dates with back in grade school so I can’t exactly put myself in Rachel’s shoes on that one, but the reason I’m not thick as thieves with those kids anymore is ’cause people change over the course of 20 years. Shocker, I know. Maybe things are different for girls who grew up together, but even with the lifelong history between these two characters, I can’t understand for the life of me why in the hell Rachel is still friends with Darcy. Like I said, the reason Rachel allows Darcy to walk all over her is because she’s never been able to say what she really feels, then again, I don’t buy it. Girl should have called up Darcy the morning after her birthday, informed her that she was a ho fo sho’ and then ran off into the sunset with her new man to have 500 babies.
As much as I’d like to chalk up Darcy’s behavior to just being aloof to the nth degree, it is really hard to believe that anyone would propose to her, let alone accept her friend request on Facebook. If you know that your best friend has had a crush on a guy for nine weeks, you don’t ask his ass out when your best friend is sitting right across the table. If you throw your best friend a 30th birthday party, you don’t make it about you and start dissing your best friend’s clothes on the way out like a drunken ass. God, I could write a thesis on all the crap this girl does and says that made me want to start chucking Milk Duds at the screen, but when push comes to shove, I think the fact that these two are friends at all is what really drove me up the wall.
But with Darcy aside, the rest of this movie was actually pretty decent. The biggest saving grace of the whole equation was actually John Krasinksi’s turn as Rachel’s best guy friend. Not to sound surprised or anything ’cause Krasinski’s always been great on The Office, it just seems like he’s been getting pigeonholed into movies like these for a while now and, from what I hear, it hasn’t really been a great fit. Regardless, he’s the most likable character of the bunch, he’s the only one who seems to have some genuine sense going on, and he’s even got some good lines to boot. And Ginnifer Goodwin’s good as Rachel, but that’s probably because I happen to be a minor fan of hers; Colin Egglesfield is good as the fiancee caught between this BFF love sangwich, Dex; and poor Kate Hudson continues to take roles that bring shame to the memory of Penny Lane.
I don’t think the fellas in the crowd are gonna get much out of this, and I really can’t say much for the ladies since Something Borrowed isn’t geared towards me anyway, but I’ve definitely seen worse. With the exception of a couple hiccups in the plot caused by prejudiced parents or the notion that someone’s sick mom will literally die from disappointment if a wedding gets broken off, I was generally interested to see how this story was gonna unfold and the unpredictability of how this was all gonna wrap up sure helped to keep me invested. Still kinda pissed off about all that Darcy stuff and the nagging feeling that both her and Darcy aren’t doing any favors for how women are presented in movies, but thank the heavens that John Krasinski signed up and helped turn this into something…fine.