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May 13, 2011 > Movie Review: Something Borrowed

Movie Review: Something Borrowed

By Jennifer Gau

It's amazing how the topic of love and relationships can never get old... new chick flicks keep coming out. People will always have relationship challenges at every stage of their life. In "Something Borrowed," Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) reaches her 30th birthday with one regret; not working on her love life. Her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), never had problems with her love life and is counting the days to marrying the man of her (and Rachel's) dreams. The funny thing is that Rachel was the one who introduced Darcy to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) six years ago. For her entire life, Rachel has known Darcy as the girl who can get whatever and whomever she wants. But the world turns upside down the night of Rachel's 30th. Rachel and Dex end up sleeping together which starts a classic love triangle roller coaster of emotions. Does Rachel have it in her to keep the guy of her dreams?

Director Luke Greenfield brings to life the book written by Emily Giffin, who even has a cameo appearance in the movie. Giffin's style has a lot of character development and female independence which make it an enjoyable beach or weekend read. The actors fit each role impeccably. Hudson makes the perfect Darcy as the girl who always needs to be the center of attention. Egglesfield is a level-headed gentleman and quite dreamy when his shirt is unbuttoned. Goodwin plays the cute girl who has lived in her friend's shadow for too long, and is unaware of her own potential.

Ethan (John Krasinski) is the main source of laughter in the movie. His usual Jim Halpert character (from the TV series "The Office") fits in as someone who Rachel can talk to when her usual BFF is not available. He is the voice of reason when drama has engulfed those around him. Between working in New York and vacationing in the Hamptons on the weekends, the characters show how it's not hard to act like they're in their 20s while in their 30s.

"Something Borrowed" provides one of the best chick flicks of the year with surprisingly well-placed humor and a good soundtrack. The movie's ability to keep the audience guessing makes this movie the number one choice when spending a night with the girls.

Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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