Review: Something Borrowed

If you’re a fan of the Emily Giffin novel in which the film was adapted from, stop reading now and bask in the greatness of the book. If you’ve never had the opportunity to read Something Borrowed and are wanting to see it brought to life on the big screen − run to your nearest bookstore and buy the book.

Why?

For starters, Something Borrowed should have borrowed dialogue, character development and the original storyline from the New York Times best seller.  Why mess with perfection by making it completely watered down and mediocre? The pacing was horrible and the characters somehow managed to have zero redeeming qualities; whereas in the book you actually feel sorry for Darcy (Kate Hudson) and end up rooting for her to get her shit together in Something Blue, the companion novel to Something Borrowed and the sequel to this film. (Sidenote: Look for a cameo of both Something Blue and author Emily Giffin in the film)

Speaking of Kate Hudson, there was a point where even she looked as if she’d rather be anywhere else but in this movie.  Clearly the role of the spoiled brat/friend/lover whatever wasn’t a departure for Hudson, but even her due diligence wasn’t enough to rejuvenate this sinking ship of a film.  Enter John Krasinski. Thank God for John Krasinski. As Ethan, Krasinski brought the character that fans of both Borrowed and Blue have come to love to life in its purest form.  His character expansion is one of the few things that wasn’t true to the book but it was for the greater good, as his perfect comedic timing made for a scene stealing role that inevitably became the audience’s voice.

Story wise, it bears repeating that if you’re a fan of the book you’ll walk in knowing the backgrounds of the characters but you won’t be fulfilled at the way things play out on the silver screen. Personally, it was the omission of the minor yet very pertinent details that left me disappointed in the story progression.  Giffin’s novel gave us characters to invest in while Jennie Snyder’s screenplay made us detest those same characters, and question why we ever cared in the first place.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Steve Howey and a very attractive but wooden Colin Egglesfield also star in the film, though by the end you’ll want whatever memory you have left of them to disappear immediately. Howey delivers some great one liners, making it a real shame that him and Krasinski aren’t in more comedies, while Goodwin manages to be adorable and Egglesfield just manages to be in the number and not flub his lines.

At the end of the day, Something Borrowed has all the makings to be a romantic comedy but misses the mark by a longshot.  This one is without a doubt a rental!

My grade: 4.5/10

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One Response to “Review: Something Borrowed”

  1. The film seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she’s played by Kate Hudson. It’s hard to imagine a worse miscalculation. Just a plain old, terrible film that I couldn’t stand after awhile. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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