SOMETHING BORROWED: Innocent, Ill-timed Intimacy Among Best Friends

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
SOMETHING BORROWED: Innocent, Ill-timed Intimacy Among Best Friends

Something old, Something new, Something borrowed and something blue represent ‘good luck’ for a bride. The bridal custom began in the Victorian era , and, obviously, the borrowed object represented an item loaned from a happily married friend or family member. It certainly did not foretell a loan that set off serial cheating by a bridesmaid and the groom.

Romantic comedy has been striking out with audiences, but “Something Borrowed” glimpses the two months prior to a wedding between Darcy (Kate Hudson) and  Dex (Colin Egglesfield) whose terminally single best friend and bridesmaid, Rachael (Ginnifer Goodwin) , steals the groom before he walks down the aisle.

Opening with the celebration of Rachael’s 30th birthday, the attorney feels left out with her BBF soon walking down the aisle. Not totally lacking options , Rachael often pairs with her bestie, Ethan (John Krasinski') , but he’s not till death do us part material.

New Yorkers weekend delight --- retreating to the Hamptons --- provides close proximity for a Dex and Rachael law school acquaintanceship reunion. Except it appears both have unrequited love on their mind.

“Borrowed,” the first of a string of marital related comedies which studios unleash in anticipation of snagging an audience anxious for the “Hangover II” sequel, shares first bride down the aisle honors with “Jumping the Broom” (featuring Paula Patton and Angela Bassett over at Martha’s Vineyard). “Bridesmaids” has now made it a trio of nuptial nonsense.

Unlike Judd Apatow chic’s drifting into pre marital gauged raunchiness (“Bridesmaids”), “Something Borrowed” allows friendly intimacy to permit Cupid’s arrow to score an ill-timed bull’s-eye.

Hudson’s just happen to be blonde had everything swoon on a platter at her feet arrogance has a sense of subtlety that gradually gives way to more pronounced “me, me” personality. She’s so diverted with center stage bridal customs that the groom’s change of heart goes unnoticed.

Goodwin and Krasinski have more natural chemistry than when she lusts after Egglesfield. That step down of on screen romantic ogles allows the maintenance of longer suspense before Darcy’s eyes turn teary and her mouth turns foul.

 

Although appalled at turning 30 lacking a significant opposite sex other, Goodwin’s Rachael retains merely flirtatious ingénue attributes. The lack of malice separates “Something Borrowed” from other girl steals guy from best friend styled flicks. Director Luke (“Girl Next Door”) Greenfield fares well with laughs and heartbreak in a somewhat exceptional reality (not that dissimilar from the man in a coma awakening to find his next door girlfriend a Playboy model).

No screwball ha-ha’s --- it needed to borrow some for best reception --- the film emphasizes the pre-wedding drama, which itself stirs laughing but not hilarity. Call it a nice little blended chic buddy romantic comedy in need of more enriching foil placements to detract further from the obvious masked by drinking, confessing, and the power of vetted recall.

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