"SOMETHING BORROWED" — ★ ★ — Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski; PG-13 (sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material); in general release
"Something Borrowed," featuring Kate Hudson, has enough story line and romantic plot twists for a great one-hour movie. Unfortunately, it runs for two hours.
While it's entertaining as pure escapism, this chick flick bogs down as the characters stay caught in lovers' limbo. After awhile, the audience just wants some resolution, and it doesn't really matter which guy gets the girl. Just wrap up the story, please.
In addition, the PG-13 rating is a little soft for this film. The language and the morals (does anyone have any in this story?) are nothing to brag about to Mom. There's plenty of drinking, bedding and even an offering of a joint of marijuana, and no one seems particularly shocked.
The characters are a lot more concerned about how and what it takes to be a best friend than about whether they should be hopping into the sack with various individuals.
Darcy (Hudson) is an over-the-top party girl who always gets her way. She's loud. She's bossy and she's deep — about a skin layer deep. The parties and the music and the noise are ever present.
Rachel (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) is, by contrast, soft and thoughtful. She always has her hair in place and her makeup on straight, even after a roll in the hay.
Of course, this smart girl who is a top-notch lawyer can't speak for what she wants or claim what is rightfully hers. She just moons about wishing and hoping and going to bed with her best friend's fiance. It's such a dilemma, one that could be resolved about four times before the bitter end, and then it's kind of a letdown. (She chooses the wrong guy!)
There's definitely something here for women, not so much for guys, and maybe a story from which to learn a lesson.
But come on, give us some closure already.
"Something Borrowed" is rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material; running time: 113 minutes.