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Something Borrowed

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm. However, she is unhappily still single as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) loves to constantly remind her. After one drink too many on her 30th birthday party, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she`s had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who just happens to be Darcy`s fiance. When Rachel and Darcy`s lifelong friendship collides with true love, it leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations. On the other hand, Ethan (John Krasinski), who has been Rachel`s constant confidante and sometimes conscience, has been harbouring a secret of his own, and Marcus (Steve Howey), an irrepressible womanizer, can`t keep his mind out of the gutter, or his hands off any girl within reach.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 9 Jun 2011
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Steve Howey
Director: Luke Greenfield
Format: NA

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Writer: Anne Jamaludin

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Watch this if you liked: “Bride Wars”, “The Romantics”, “He’s Just Not That Into You”

After appearing as the central character Gigi in 2009's "He's Just Not That Into You", Ginnifer Goodwin saddles up as the lead in "Something Borrowed" as Rachel White, a single attorney who realises that she is still in love with her best friend Darcy's (Kate Hudson) fiance Dex (Colin Egglesfield) despite her best friend Ethan's (John Krasinski) disappointment. This movie is an adaptation of the novel by Emily Giffin. Just like "Twilight", a romance novel film adaptation does not mean it will turn out exceptionally good. A good read might not necessarily be a good watch. Knowing that Oscar winner Hillary Swank is sitting behind the scene as a producer makes the feeling a whole lot worst.

The plot is like any other rom-coms that have appeared on DVDs before this. Two people who are supposedly meant for each other but faces a conflict in an unwanted third party/best friend? Check. The lead girl's one true love is marrying her best friend years after they kept their feelings to themselves? Check. The best guy friend who is always there for the female lead but she is too busy chasing her first love/dream guy to notice the best friend's feelings for her? Check. The selfish, bitchy best friend who is always the winner as opposed to the lead's poor unfortunate loser of a life? Check. There is just nothing new to this flick that will make it a decent watch at the cinema. Sure, hardcore chick flick lovers will not pass up the chance to catch this. Just do not be surprised if there will be a Team Rachel versus Team Darcy with most votes go to Rachel and Team Dex versus Team Ethan with most voters who opt for Dex will without hesitation move towards Ethan. If one could see where all this would lead, congratulations! They have got the whole story mapped out even before they watched it.

Despite the all cliched storyline, Goodwin plays her role perfectly. She embodies the typical, single, 30s career women who - just like Ethan said in the movie - waits for the man to make their choice when she had the power to choose all along. Audience will no doubt, sympathise with Rachel and secretly hopes she will get her happy ending too. Krasinski, is being his usual sweetheart self, making him one of the ideal boyfriends/potential husbands one would see in a movie and no doubt girls will be smitten with his average-looking but patient and caring persona. And just like his role in the hit television series "The Office", Krasinski brings most of the comical moments in the movie by himself. Meanwhile Hudson's portrayal as Darcy is no different from Liv in "Bride Wars", as the selfish, egoistic best friend who will do anything to get what they want; man and marriage among others like bragging rights. Egglesfield's Dex turns out from an initial heartthrob to an indirect douche in the movie but for reasons one might find out if they ever watch the movie.

Overall, this is a chick flick that deserves to be on a girls' night out watch list during a sleepover session instead of the cinema. It will also be a good company with one's pillow on a lonely, sleepless night. One would not miss much if they accidentally skip the rest of the story or even its conclusion because it ends like most typical Hollywood rom-coms; a happy ending but for this particular movie, the happy ending is wasted on the wrong characters. Period.


Cinema Online, 11 May 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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