Rom-coms are endearing for two main reasons, sparkling chemistry and comic relief. Adapted from a book by Emily Giffin, “Something Borrowed” lacks both. A leading lady who is way past her prime and uninspired performances add to the sorry mess. Out of the many films made in this genre every year, most of them at least have some sort of chemistry going between the lead pair. In fact, most even survive on just chemistry. “Something Borrowed” however clearly needs more spice and a younger cast. Kate Hudson looks as if on auto-pilot from all the very many bitchy roles she’s played over the years. Ginnifer Goodwin and Colin Egglesfield try to emote, but look like they gave up half way.
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is an attorney at a top New York law firm and is best friends with Darcy (Kate Hudson). Darcy is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) who is also Rachel’s law school crush. Days before the wedding, Rachel and Dex confess their affections for each other. Turns out they were too spineless to admit it all these years. Dex now has to decide between Rachel and Darcy. Ethan (John Krasinski) is Rachel’s confidante and sometimes conscience who is harboring a secret crush of his own. As lives get mixed up and thing’s get complicated, the audience quickly zones off into dreamland and waits for the movie to get over.
There are some enjoyable moments, but they are few and far between. Overall the flick probably lacks sincerity and comes off as a skeleton of somebody’s half baked idea of a rom-com.
Verdict: Let’s just say it makes the book look bad. It’s one of those films.