In this nicely-played rom-com, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a smart but unhappily single lawyer whose life takes a wrong turn after one chardonnay too many. Darcy (Kate Hudson) is her best friend since childhood, a gorgeous but demanding party girl about to get married to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel's crush from law school. So far, so three's a crowd. Because, surprise surprise, Rachel is still in love with Dex. And for once in her self-effacing life, it looks like she might be about to go after what she wants...
Kate Hudson has long been type-cast, usually as the bubbly beauty who always gets the guy. But recently, she has added a new string to her bow: the role of the Worst Best Friend in the World.
Following her stint as an affianced tyrant in Bride Wars, here Hudson cements her talent for playing someone we are clearly intended to tolerate just because she's good at getting a party going.
In real life Darcy would be so horribly self-involved that no one in their right mind would agree to spend the rest of his life with her. Then again, her fiance is sleeping with her best friend so they're no angels either.
Something Borrowed resurrects numerous rom-com formulas that, though always familiar, can still sometimes be fun: the thwarted romance, the tirelessly available confidant (in this case, a lovelorn Krasinski), the girl with the glasses who is later transformed with the help of some contacts and some hair straighteners.
But the film fails because it appears so flippant. It raises very serious and difficult questions about marriage and friendship only to dismiss them with a suggestion that, well, er, it all sort of comes right in the end.
The film's saving grace is its casting: Goodwin has a real gift for seeming likeable and Krasinski's quirky charisma is a welcome contrast to dull Dex. But the film still loses pace half way through, with most of the jokes falling flat, apart from a great one-liner about the Hamptons resembling "a zombie movie directed by Ralph Lauren".
No doubt there are some cinema-goers high on wedding season who will still enjoy the "can love conquer all?" storyline. But those hoping for a regular rom com with the moral high ground should look elsewhere: this storyline is not only borrowed, it's more than a little bit blue.