by Del Harvey
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Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy which tries very hard to break the mold. Based upon the novel by Emily Giffin, the film stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, who plays the generous and loyal dear friend of engaged Darcy, played by Kate Hudson. Rachel has always been the good girl, always done the right thing and been there for everyone else. When she turns 30, she suddenly finds herself in the arms of Dex (Colin Egglesfield), a guy she’s had a crush on since law school. And he just happens to be her best friend’s fiance.
It is at her own birthday bash that the big mistake happens, and Rachel is still a bit tipsy when she wakes up in bed with Dex. The moments of wondering give way to heart-breaking realization and self-loathing after she discovers the handsome stranger’s identity. Rachel confides all of this to her good friend Ethan (John Krasinski), who it just so happens is clinging to his own tortured feelings. Complicating matters further is Dex’s admission that he is surprised by his own strong feelings towards for Rachel.
A rom-com with all the predictable turns common to the genre, there is also a sweetness and a sadness to Something Borrowed, as Rachel struggles to come to terms with her feelings - and the need to take care of herself for a change - during the final weeks leading up to Darcy’s wedding.
Something Borrowed is available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for download beginning August 16, 2011. Check out the official site by clicking here.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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