David Lee/Warner Bros.
David Lee/Warner Bros.
Review in a Hurry: NYC attorney Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) falls for her BFF's fiancé in this charmless comedy about indecisive Gen Yers looking for love. With its long guest list of chick-flick and rom-com clichés, Something Borrowed is something old instead of something new. Say "I don't."
The Bigger Picture: From Jumping the Broom to Bridesmaids and even The Hangover Part II, Hollywood is tying the knot with wedding-themed movies this summer. Let's hope they're all more lovable than unengaging Borrowed, otherwise, the honeymoon is already over.
For some inexplicable reason, Rachel (Goodwin) is a loyal friend to spoiled, self-involved Darcy (Kate Hudson, who should stop playing twentysomething party girls). The night after her 30th birthday party, usually virtuous Rachel sleeps with Darcy's betrothed, Dex (Colin Egglesfield, a Tom Cruise-Eric McCormack hybrid).
Rachel has secretly crushed on Dex since they were study partners in law school, which we learn through interjected flashbacks. See how they meet cute when...aww!...he lends her a pencil after she drops hers! Their interactions involve so many longing stares and mooning montages you half expect them to scream "Bella!" and "Edward!"
Rachel and Dex explore their new romantic relationship on the D.L., even as the frantic wedding prep continues. Torn between love for Dex and allegiance to gal pal Darcy, Rachel confides in wisecracking friend Ethan (John Krasinski), who harbors a secret of his own.
Despite some melodramatic moments in the last reel, there are no surprises here, except how long the inevitable resolution is delayed. Until then, suffer tearful revelations in the rain, dialogue like "Nobody gets me like you do" and the obligatory, girl-bonding dance break (this time to Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It"). Ugh.
It's tough to believe any of these annoying, chemistry-free characters would be friends, much less lovers. Yet they're always hanging out together in bars, at the Hamptons, on the beaches—all while prominently raising their bottles of Heineken, as if this were a two-hour beer commercial. Which, come to think of it, would've been more enjoyable.
The 180—a Second Opinion: Lovely Jill Eikenberry makes a welcome appearance as Dex's mom. Ironically, Eikenberry played the jilted fiancée in Arthur (1981), a far superior wedding/love-triangle comedy.