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I hadn't actually heard of this film before but when I saw it starred Kate Hudson I thought it would be worth a watch because I do enjoy her work. I watched the film on my Sky on demand service so this is a film only review.
It is Rachel's 30th birthday and her best friend Darcy is throwing her a party. Rachel is having an ok time but she cant help but feel overshadowed by Darcy who has had rather too much to drink. Darcy's fiancé, Dex decides its time to take her home but he comes back after Darcy has forgotten her purse.
We then learn that Rachel and Dex are actually old friends and they went to law school together. The pair begin chatting and it is clear there is some sort of connection between them. One thing leads to another and the pair end up sharing a moment. What will happen and, will Darcy find out?
I was looking for an easy to watch, laid back film that I could watch on a lazy Sunday morning. I was sure that this film would fit this and I am pleased to say it did. I liked the character of Rachel and it was clear to see right from the beginning of the film that Darcy often overpowered her. Rachel is quite a quiet person whilst Darcy is loud and the pair really are quite different.
I liked the character of Darcy simply because she was played by Kate Hudson. I think had she not been then I would have been much more sceptical and less accepting of her. Despite Darcy really being the victim throughout the film it was difficult to see her as this and instead I didn't really feel sorry for her as such.
I thought the plot flowed well. It had a good plot and I was keen to see what was going to happen and how the film would progress. I thought it was going to be predictable but it really wasn't. Although lots of things that I expected would happen did happen, there was one large surprise near the end that I was not expecting at all! I felt this gave the film a fresh feel and kept my attention really well.
The acting in the film was very strong. I enjoyed watching the actors make the characters their own and I do feel each character was well thought out by both the writer and the actor.
The film was released in 2011.
It runs for 112 minutes.
It is rated a 12A.
It stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield.
A good film perfect for a laid back watch, recommended.
I purchased this film from Blockbuster from the pre-owned section for £7.00. It can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk for £9.99 and off play.com for £9.99.
The DVD has a 12 rating due to some sex references and some strong language.
It is 108 minutes long (1 hour and 48 minutes).
If you like chick flicks then this is your sort of film!
This main four characters are played by:
Kate Hudson as Darcy
Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel
Colin Egglesfield as Dex
And John Krasinski as Ethan
Darcy, Rachel and Ethan grew up together, Darcy and Rachel are best friends and Ethan tended to be the tag along guy friend. But as the girls grow up despite staying close friends Rachel starts to see the differences between her and her best friend. Rachel is a sensible and caring friend whereas Darcy is the kind to backstab her best friend if it was to gain her something.
Rachel meets Dex at law school and the pair of them become great friends, as they seem to be getting closer, Darcy steps in and steals the limelight from her best friend, Rachel. Darcy then starts dating Dex and Rachel finds it hard to see the pair of them together but she never expressed to Dex how she felt about him before. As the lead up to Dex and Darcy's wedding approaches, Rachel talks to Ethan who cares deeply about Rachel (who has a secret crush on her) and Ethan persuades Rachel to do something about Dex and not to let him slip away. She can do something whilst Dex and Darcy are not married, but once married she will have lost her chance. What does Rachel do? Does love come over friendship? Or should she stand back and watch the love of her life and her best friend get married?
This is a funny, witty and romantic film. It shows how friendships can be tested by love. It struck me whilst watching this film that beauty comes from within. I started out watching the film thinking that both the two main actresses (Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin) were both extremely pretty and as the film went on as Kate in her character became self obsessed and selfish she became less attractive from the outside and Ginnifer became more attractive. I tried to explain this to my boyfriend who was obviously not seeing what I was seeing. But it did really make me think that the sort of people we are reflects on the outside as well.
I would certainly watch this film again and again, I had a few teary moments, it was one of those films that if you put yourself in the position of somebody being completely and utterly in love with somebody who you could not have that it would tear you apart in someway. Rachel (Ginnifer) found that she was not fulfilled in her job, in life and that she had reached 30 years old without anything she could really reflect back on. I have watched Ginnifer Goodwin in several films and I thought her acting had vastly improved in this film. Whereas Kate Hudson I found quite difficult to watch in this film with her character being so erratic and self obsessed (I have also watched many films with Kate Hudson in like How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and I loved her in this but not so much in this film). The two main guys in this film (as previously mentioned) I have not heard of or watched in a film before, but they both played their parts very well.
Overall this is a great girly movie perfect for a girls night in or if you wanted to watch a film by yourself, I do not mean for this to sound sexist but as my boyfriend showed from his disinterest in the film it was not a guys film. And my boyfriend is pretty good usually at sitting through chick flicks.
I love this film and thought that the parts were well played by Kate Hudson (Darcy), Ginnifer Goodwin (Rachel), John Krasinski (Ethan) and Colin Egglesfield (Dex).
If you had a best friend that meant the world to you and the man of your dreams who is possibly your soul mate, who would you choose?
This is the difficult problem that Rachel has, having missed her chance at love with the man in question her best friend Darcy falls in love with him. The marriage is doomed and Rachel who has always loved Dex hides her feelings for him as she loves her best friend a lot.
Ethan tells Rachel she should start looking after number one as she always puts Darcy first. Rachel decides to share her feelings for Dex and they have a few romantic liasons which prove to them how suitable they both are together.
Darcy and Dex split up just before they are due to get married. Will Dex get back together with Darcy? Will Rachel find love with her good friend and confidante Ethan or will Rachel and Dex find true love?
you'll have to watch and find out, the ending isn't as obvious as it seems.
**THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW**
"Something Borrowed" definitely falls under the romcom category, although I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't follow the usual predictable romcom format and it kept me guessing about the outcome right until the end of the film.
The film opens with a surprise birthday party for Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), who has just turned 30 and her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) has arranged a party for her. Rachel and Darcy are two extremes, and it's sometimes difficult to imagine how they came to be friends in the first place. Rachel is shy and quiet, down to earth and studious, with a successful career in law. Darcy prefers the faster paced life and spends her time partying, shopping and flirting with men. Darcy knows what she wants and goes out and gets it, Rachel tends to go with the flow and lets life pass her by, not wanting to rock the boat. Differences aside, they are very close friends and have shared their most important and life-changing experiences together.
Darcy is engaged to the very handsome and successful Dex, who went to law school with Rachel and is still close friends with her. It doesn't take long to realise that there has been a ship that's sailed between these two, but there is still lots of chemistry between them. We see lots of flashbacks from Rachel where she remembers their days in law school, and how just as her and Dex were about to get it together, Darcy appeared on the scene and stole her thunder.
On the night of the party, Darcy ends up being taken home because she has had too much to drink, and Dex takes Rachel for a drink to continue her birthday celebrations. They talk about life and their dreams, and how they're both unfulfilled by doing what's expected of them rather than what they really want to do. Rachel reveals that she had a huge crush on Dex in college, and he is genuinely surprised as he was mad about her but thought it was unreciprocated and that Rachel had set Dex up with Darcy deliberately. What happens that night begins a love triangle which has many twists and turns, and will keep you guessing right till the end.
The film is very well acted, and one of the things I liked about it most was that I liked all of the characters. Usually in romcoms, you can tell from the start who the "bad guy" is going to be, and there's a clear cut outcome that you want to see and usually happens in a very predictable way.Usually, the girl's with the wrong guy, then she realises who she should be with and it all ends happily.
This film was different in that all the characters were likeable, there isn't really a "bad guy" or obvious outcome, but things had just got confusing and various people find themselves in impossible situations where the only way they can be happy is by hurting other people.
Kate Hudson is excellent in this film. She portrays the superficial partygoer perfectly, yet somehow manages to remain likeable and you can't help but feel a bit sorry for her at times. I usually take an instant dislike to this kind of character, and although I wasn't keen in the beginning she grew on me and I could see she had a good side.
Rachel's character was played by Ginnifer Goodwin, an actress I'm not overly familiar with. She was also very believable and reminded me of myself in my uni days because she's so timid and awkward. There's a great scene where she's trying to keep up with Darcy and they're both dancing in a bit of a burlesque way on the dancefloor, and she ends up pulling a muscle in a rather awkward place! This made me smile because it's exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me when trying to be something you're not.
The men are also convincing but they pale into insignificance a bit compared to the women. The main male character Dex is played by Colin Egglesfield, and I kept swinging between thinking he was an idiot but then feeling sorry for him. Again, I would normally be quite judgemental about these kind of situations but the characters made me empathise that things aren't always as easy as they seem.
I really enjoyed this film, because it's a bit different to the usual predictable romcoms and actually portrays that in real life, not everyone can have a happy ending. The acting is very believable and I felt like I'd connected with the characters and wanted things to work out well for each of them.
Some parts of the film use Rachel's flashbacks to tell some of the story, and although this isn't overly confusing if you're paying attention, it requires a little more concentration than most romcoms so if you pop out of the room for a toilet break make sure you pause otherwise you'll wonder what's going on when you get back!
I also liked the dynamics of the film in that at different times I wanted different outcomes. There are also some sideline characters who make a bit more of an appearance towards the end of the film, and this adds a new dimension to the love triangle. It's quite a thought provoking film, and makes you realise how sometimes if you don't figure out what you want and just go for it, the results can be life-changing and very complicated. It also makes you think about the importance of communication, because the whole reason Rachel and Dex never got together in the first place was because they both assumed the other wouldn't be interested, and neither actually told the other one how they felt.
This is a truly heartwarming feelgood romcom, which will keep you guessing till the end and will no doubt put a smile on your face yet leave you in quite a reflective mood after watching it. The fact that not everyone ends up with exactly what they want makes it a lot more believable than the average romcom. It's also very heartwrenching for anyone who's ever been in the position of unrequited love (which is most of us at some point in our lives!).
The film is 112 minutes long and a 12A certificate.
Something Borrowed has to be one of the best films of it's genre this year. It was released in the cinema early in 2011 and it's dvd release was 29th August 2011. This review is solely on the film-and boy, what an excellent film it is!
The cast features Kate Hudson, a favourite of many rom-com fans and then some more minor, but equally as talented cast members such as Ginnifer Goodwin who was made famous for appearing as polygamist wife in the hit American sit com 'Big Love'. The cast also features the extremely hansome Colin Eggelsfield and the funny John Krasinski.
The plot itself follows Rachel (Goodwin), a young lawyer who's just turned 30. Rachel is loyal, quiet and pretty. Her lifetime bestfriend Darcy (Hudson) is the opposite, she's lary and the life and soul of the party who enjoys living her quite shallow exsistance. The two women have been best friends since childhood and it's the time they have been in each other's lives that binds them together, as sisters in all but blood. During numerous flash backs we realise that Dex (Eggelsfield) is the true love of Rachels life, dating way back from their time at college. But Rachel and Dex, both too shy to tell the other one how they truly felt spent years dodging the subject until a misunderstood conversation made Dex think his feelings for Rachel weren't reciprocated. So when wild and fun Darcy shows up to visit Rachel at college Dex thinks Rachel has set him with her best friend. Falling in love with her vibrancy, and her spirit Dex and Darcy begin a relationship and after ime become engaged to be married. All the while shy and quiet Rachel is in the background hiding her feelings for Dex and supressing her dreams of a life with him herself. Darcy throws Rachel a 30th birthday party and in true Darcy style she gets drunk and embarrasses herself. Dependable Dex puts his wife-to-be to bed before returning for her lost handbag. Over a few intimate drinks to celebrate her 30th, Rachel blurts out she had a crush on Dex in college. The look on his face says it all, his heart skips a beat....as far as my review on the plot goes, that is the build up-not a spoiler for all this happens in the first 20 minutes and you will have to watch this film to see how the love triangle unfolds and develops!
But as the line 'Their is A Thin Line Between Love and Friendship' says this film will fill you with hope that true love truly does exsist, and that some people do get their happy every after.
As far as rom-com's go, I'm a huge fan! I've dreamt of happy ever after's since I was a little girl but as I've got older, and sadly no longer in the teenage frame of mind regarding love (oh how wonderful when everything seemed possible hey?!). I've realised with time that love and relationships are never black and white, they are never simple and unless you fight for your happy ending then it will probably pass you by. I've also learnt through my own mistakes and from others mistakes that if you live in a world where you have two sides 'black' and 'white' then your living in a dream world because in reality the inbetween is grey, in numerous shades. The lines are always blurred in love, in truth their are none really. Most rom-com's show a tell tale plot following guy and girl who fall in love, face a difficulty or seperation and end up together living happily ever after. What I like about this film is it's ability to show the truth of many 'true love' situations. Does loving two people make you wrong? Does meeting that one person who completes you, while you are in a relationship with someone else make you wrong? If your answers to this are 'yes' well, your living under a rock. Life and love is not simple and far from condoning cheating, for I would never condone this, I am merely saying it happens. A lot of the time it's for the wrong reasons and I accept that, but sometimes it's for the right reasons. And meeting under those circumstances does not mean the relationship is doomed to failure; some of the strongest, most loved up couples I know have met under difficult circumstances but who are we to refuse our own needs? In reality not many of us would, so this film shows that side of things in a light hearted funny way. It shows what it's like when faced with the question of the follow your heart of be selfish with love...
This film is deffinately worth a watch if you need a little boost in believing in love, or if you've ever been cheated on or even have cheated on someone. It's so refreshing to watch a 'real' plot in this genre because they are usually all too similar!
The film itself is 112 minutes long and is rated at a 12 rating as their is not a lot of bad language or sexuality in this film although a minor reference to drugs mid way through. It's an easy watch as far as it's funny and will deffinately get your laughing but it will also having you hiding behind a cushion in frustration! It's got something for all you rom-com lovers out there!
On the flip side though, if you don't like films about love and are the love 'scrooge' of your family, probably best to avoid it, unless secretly you like heart felt films! This one will definately leave you thinking about love.
So I've come to the conclusion that almost all rom-coms receive critical reviews, because let's face it, they're not made for their cinematic brilliance, they're aimed at those who are feeling a bit hopeless in love and need a pick-me-up, something to tell them that the right guy is out there, somewhere. The reviews are written by harsh critics who have seen the best of the best and know exactly what to look out for in a brilliant film, but who says rom-coms aren't brilliant? They are highly entertaining even if they lack credibility, though most people won't admit that they actually enjoy these movies.
Anyways, I enjoyed Something Borrowed. There are tear-jerking moments, comic moments and moments of incredulity, the basis for all rom-coms. However, what puzzled (and slightly annoyed) me about this movie was that some of the things the characters did were simply immoral and would probably be deemed unforgive
able in the real world. In what world is it okay to take your best friends fiancee? I guess as the story goes on it becomes more acceptable as we learn of the reasonings behind each character and the secrets that they're witholding from each other. If you ignore the fact that there are serious issues of morality it is still a comical, but highly predictable, entertaining way to spend an hour and three quarters.
Some aspects of the story are very preditctable and you can see them coming before the opening credits are even on the screen, but there are other parts of the story that are unexpected and you have to wait until the end to find out how everybody's lives pan out. I guess in this way it keeps the viewer interesting and ensures they carry on watching. Whilst many new relationships are formed, many are also destroyed, and it bothers me that one that had been consistent through out did not really draw to a particularly happy close.
Despite its numerous faults I still thought that Something Borrowed did the rom-com genre proud and filled its role perfectly. For anyone desperate for proof that true love does exist, then I guess this is movie for you!
Buy it on DVD on the 29th August 2011.
Rachel blends into the background, she's smart and beautiful but is constantly upstaged by her life-long best friend, the fun and flighty Parker. This even extends to love when Parker dates and gets engaged to Rachels long-time love and study partner Dax, who harbours feelings for the two of them. But as secrets get created and unveiled and as the road to happily ever after grows ever more gloomy the love triangle becomes ever more treacherous and the happiness of the three of them is endangered. This is even further complicated by Ethan, a close friend whose feelings for one of the girls guarantees that the fall out of the affairs and lies will end in heart-break.
It's rare that a romantic comedy elicits a genuine reaction from me; I am a big supporter of the genre and feel that most of criticisms which are a routinely levelled against it are flawed; but I rarely leave one feeling anything but mildly charmed. So imagine my surprise when, as 'Something Borrowed' shuffled towards its conclusion, I started to feel genuinely sick and a little outraged. It is such a mean-spirited and misguided exercise in movie making that the fact it even got made is mind-boggling; the storyline is a disaster, the performances hideous and the underlying message one of the most awkward in recent rom-com memory. These films don't actually have to do very much other than get a, presumably already susceptible, audience to invest in a few characters and offer up a bit of heart and a few laughs, but this fails on all accounts. It boils down to a story about mean people behaving badly without consequences or thought for the people they are supposed to care about. That we are supposed to root for any of them and that, even worse, we are supposed to feel their fairy-tale endings are well earned feels like a cruel joke.
It's hard to see what the film-makers are trying to get audiences to feel throughout the whole thing; the lead character is insufferable and all but one of the supporting players are selfish, egotistical and one dimensional. You get no greater sense of who the character's are as the film progresses and the stakes feel so strangely low that it is beyond impossible to invest even a tiny bit of emotion into the outcome. I would probably go so far as to say that the film is vile and really quite offensive in its off-handed treatment of its character's feelings and it's obvious contempt for the people who have paid to witness it. I understand that moral ambiguity is a, welcome, change of pace for the genre, but it's not ambiguous when nearly every player is damn right horrible. If they were trying to play with cinematic conventions and offer up a more 'edgy' twist on what is a well worn road then they would have been much better served to build layered characters than thin, mean stereotypes. In fact, the one character that is genuinely interesting and warm is stranded and left with a bizarre and kind of heart-breaking resolution. The message is heard loud and clear, those who have the sharpest claws get the happiest endings.
The script biggest weakness is that it fails to establish any kind of foundation for the story; we get no sense of who the characters are or even why they are interacting with each other. They all seem like they are in different movies and some of the more bizarre plot points are nothing but misleading; there are real gaps in logic and chronology with only the most tenuous links to reality. It seems to assume that we will identify with vacuous, terrible people because, well I don't know why, as there is little to no attempt to endear them to the audience. Jennie Snyder writes strictly in broad stereotypes and many of the genre's culprits are on display; the mousy push-over, the handsome wimp and the absent minded party girl to name a few. The whole thing is also severely damaged by the fact that the relationship between Rachel and Darcy is highly implausible and there is no real attempt to make us understand why the health of their relationship is of any real importance to either the story or the characters themselves. There is some quite good dialogue on display, especially between Ethan (the only sensible character in the thing) and Rachel as they occupy a sort of realistic connection that is made more fun by the disaster surrounding them.
None of this is made better by the fact that most of the performances completely miss the mark; Ginnifer Goodwin, who's feather-weight presence can often add to a film is just too flimsy to make the poorly written character relatable or interesting and her natural demeanour seems completely at odds with the often cold-hearted actions of Rachel. Colin Egglesteing is wooden and weak as Dex, failing to establish the kind of chemistry with his two leading ladies which might have made the battle for him vaguely believable and seems completely incapable of pulling his weight in the dramatic department. One scene, which should have represented the emotional crux of the whole story, is rendered almost laughable by these two's lack of spark and Egglesteing in particular lack the depth and range to make his character's weakness (which we are supposed to see as charmingly vulnerable) anything but wildly off-putting. Kate Hudson fairs slightly better as the hard partying and casually cruel Darcy because it plays right into her wheel-house and, to be fair to her, she does inject some much needed energy into the gloomy proceedings. Truly, though the only 'good' performance is from the predictably solid John Krasinki. He's actually quite brilliant as Ethan, vital and charming with the exact amount of heartache and snark that should place him in the for-front of the film. He is a major player in the handful of good scenes that 'Something Borrowed' possesses and delivers one of the films more crushing blows with elegance and sincerity.
The whole thing is predictably glossy, with some good, but hardly memorable, location shooting in New York.
All in all, 'Something Borrowed' is one of the most unpleasant films I have seen in a long time; partly because it fails to live up to its promise (as a romantic comedy with teeth) and partly because it is so monumentally mismanaged. In a time where the world seems to need escapism more and more it is disheartening to see a film that pits women against women, men against men and mean against meaner. It's certainly not funny, certainly not charming and definitely cold.
Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel White
Kate Hudson as Darcy Rhone
John Krasinski as Ethan
Colin Egglesfield as Dex Thaler
Steve Howey as Marcus
Rachael is a thirty year old single lawyer in New York city. After getting a few drinks with her college friend Dex, who is also her best friend Darcy's fiancé she ends up in the same bed as him the next morning. It turns out that Rachael had a crush on Dex at law school which Dex was not aware of. Ethan is a childhood friend of both Rachael and Darcy although Darcy doesn't like Ethan very much and Ethan isn't fond of Darcy either. As the wedding approaches each character finds out more about themselves and what they truly want from life.
After seeing the trailer I really wanted to see the film. I am a fan of Ginnifer Goodwin after seeing her in He's Just Not that into you and Big Love.
Darcy is a very fun an energetic character that seemed to make up most of the energy in the film. I also felt that she was very immature at times and she did seem to be very selfish. This is seen when she interrupts Rachael and Dex when they are having drinks to celebrate the end of their exams 6 years ago. She must have known that Rachael likes Dex more than just a friend because Rachael and Darcy are best friends. She even says to Dex that Rachael talks about him all the time and that he should ask Rachael out on a real date. After he pauses she tells him to ask her out on a date. This is why I think that she is selfish and she isn't really a friend at all. There are other things that she does in the film that are very selfish and not at all what I would expect a best friend to do. I think that it was really Darcy who stole Dex from Rachael. I didn't like the character at all. She was fun and energetic but she doesn't think of others. She says to Rachael that she would never let anyone hurt her. I have seen Hudson in other films before and this is the first one where she was playing such an upbeat and party loving character.
Rachael is very passive and throughout most of the film she was very much a push over. She would let Darcy dictate the terms of their friendship. She is very different to Darcy as she is more sensible, smart, hardworking and loyal. I find it hard to see how Darcy and Rachael are friends as they are such polar opposites. The relationship that Rachael and Darcy have isn't very believable in my opinion. The characters didn't gel together very well and I was not convinced of them being best friends. I couldn't see how this was possible. Rachael didn't tell Dex that she liked him 6 years ago yet when her best friend is only 2 months from marrying him she decides to tell him that she used to have a crush on him. I thought that this was really weird, why had she waited so long to say this? Also Dex looked as though he liked her. The fact that she sleeps with Dex despite him about to marry his best friend shows that she is not totally innocent and sweet. She however lacks the ability to stand up for herself and she doesn't see the way that Darcy treats her as wrong. Ginnifer Goodwin has starred in He is Just Not That Into You and Big Love. Her character here is different to that she plays in her other roles as she smart and very reserved whereas in her other roles she has been very bubbly and fun. I think that it was good to see her play a different role.
I don't really understand Dex because he proposes to Rachael's friend yet he says he loves her. He also had plenty of time to change his mind and he could have asked Rachael out on the date and not Darcy, who he hardly knew. He has a similar personality to Rachael so I find it hard to understand what he sees in Darcy. I think that he probably likes the fun and playful part of Darcy but they seem more like friends than partners. Colin Egglesfield who plays Dex is a new actor to me as I haven't seen him in any films and given that there are big names in this film I was a little surprised that he was given the leading role.
I liked the speed and pace of the plot. There was a danger of the film becoming long and tiring but it was paced well and there wasn't large irrelevant scenes which I have found some romcoms do to fill time. The film hits with the ground running and there are snippet scenes of the past shown rather than having a long beginning with all the non essential details.
I loved the soundtrack to this film by Natasha Bedingfield. The song is called Little too Much. Her songs seem to be very popular in films as Pocket full of Sunshine is the soundtrack to Easy A and Strip me is the soundtrack for Morning Glory.
Overall this was a very light melodrama that was easy to watch. I would highly recommend that those who like romcoms. I would think that this film is geared towards women more than men as I watched this with my brother and he thought it was really boring.