Romantic comedies generally follow a
formulaic script and Something Borrowed is one of those romantic
comedies. The premise behind the story revolves around ugly duckling
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) who is actually quite beautiful but plays
second fiddle to her over-sexed best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson).
Unfortunately for Rachel, her best friend
Darcy is about to marry rich-boy Dex (Colin Egglesfield) whom she set
both of them up in law-school. However as the story progresses and
through a one night stand between Darcy and Dex, we learn through
careful flashbacks and uncomfortable scenes set in the present that both
have secretly been yearning each other. As the wedding date looms for
Dex and Darcy, Rachel and Dex steal as many moments as they can to
determine if there is truly something between them which leads to the
rather predictable ending.
Hudson plays the extroverted friend well,
especially for the comedic moments and generally seems to play the movie
drunk. Then we have Ethan (John Krasinki) who grew up with both Rachel
and Darcy and just like Rachel has been the third wheel between Darcy
and Dex. "Shockingly" we learn that Ethan also has his eye on one of his
friends from childhood. Ethan's character has definitely been thrown in
to add an element of comedy to this film but his character feels pushed
to the side unfortunately.
Lastly, we have Marcus (Steve Howey) who
plays the skateboarding rich dude as he attempts to bed every women he
can in the Hamptons which is where the majority of this film is based.
The final piece to this puzzle is Dex who is actually quite a
complicated character as he does not want to hurt the feelings of Darcy
or embarrass his rich parents by calling off the wedding. It may not be
the most original film of the year but for those who enjoy this genre,
it definitely hits all the right buttons.
Best friends Darcy and Rachel
Video, Audio & Special Features
Video and audio quality is above average
with sharp images, vibrant colours and deep blacks. Audio sounds decent
but don't except your surround sound system to be taken through its
paces. It's not the most exceptional Sony release but it still looks and
sounds good on Blu-ray. Where this release does shine however is for its
wide myriad of special features from bloopers to behind the scenes and
everything else in between. You do need to be a fan of the movie to
enjoy the extras but thankfully they are there. All in all, Something
Borrowed is enjoyable yet ultimately predictable and clichéd romantic
comedy. Definitely for those who love this genre!