Something Borrowed

Year: 2011
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writer: Jennie Snyder Urman
Cast: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski

The essential problem with too many romantic comedies is that they too often stretch believability with characters who are either colossally stupid or breathtakingly bad at just telling each other how they feel.

That's not the worst thing about this film and plenty more in the genre are guilty of it, but it's got so little else to offer all it did was remind me of the all-too-common rom-com tropes.

Kate Hudson, further abandoning all the promise she arrived with in Almost Famous for tat like this and Ginnifer Goodwin (about whom something just rubs me up the wrong way – I want to slap that pixieish grin off her) are best friends Darcy and Rachel, although the former has always been the self-centred one.

Darcy is marrying the blandly handsome Dex (Egglesfield) but Rachel had a huge crush on him in college she's never forgotten. Way too close to the wedding, they learn how each other feels, end up in bed and realise they're in love. The conundrum that drives the rest of the film is whether Rachel should be herself and finally take what she wants, hurting Darcy in the process, or do the right thing.

John Krasinski is the comic sidekick best buddy – another tired stalwart of the genre – and the whole thing felt too long, too thin and too similar to a million progenitors. Where are all the movies about love that make us laugh but also have smarts, like (500) Days of Summer?

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