Talented cast can’t liven up “Something Borrowed”

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(L-r) John Krasinski as Ethan, Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, Kate Hudson as Darcy and Colin Egglesfield as Dex in Alcon Entertainment’s romantic comedy “Something Borrowed,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: David Lee.

By Sandra Kraisirideja

I am a fan of romantic comedies despite the fact that I am disappointed more often than not. Watching “Something Borrowed” I found myself trying desperately to enjoy it more than I actually was.

Like a woman who makes excuses for staying in a relationship that has no future, I kept telling myself that “Something Borrowed” was funny even though I wasn’t laughing.

Based on the novel of the same name by Emily Giffin, “Something Borrowed” stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield. It was directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door”) and written by Jennie Snyder (“90210”).

I’ve never read “Something Borrowed,” but from what I gathered from the movie, the message for women is this: if you’re unhappy it may be because you’re afraid to reach for what you deserve. It’s good advice and probably had more impact in the book and contributed to its popularity. The author wrote a sequel, “Something Blue,” which is hinted at toward the end of “Something Borrowed” although it’s not certain whether that movie will be made.

I wanted to like “Something Borrowed” mainly for the cast. I’ve been a fan of Goodwin’s since she was on the NBC show “Ed” and it was hard to believe she was the same person who played the enthusiastic yet awkward teenager, Diane Snyder.

For the most part all the actors deliver good performances and it was nice to see Goodwin looking glamorous and Hudson playing somebody who isn’t immediately likeable. Even Krasinski’s character is somewhat harsher and jaded than other characters he’s played in other romantic comedies.

While I liked the performances by the main cast, it wasn’t enough for me to like the movie as a whole. The dialogue is not particularly funny or clever and the plot unfolds in flashback which disrupts the flow of the movie. Even though the cast works well together their performances can’t make up for the lackluster script.


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