HBO’s new movie this weekend was last year’s “Something Borrowed”.
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinki, “Something Borrowed” is a romantic comedy revolving around a woman (Goodwin) who lets her best friend (Hudson) from childhood always get her way, even including barging in on a college date she’s on. It turns out to be a fateful mistake, as the the stolen date eventually leads to an engagement.
But as the big day approaches, feelings that have been suppressed for years suddenly surface and the wedding is endangered.
Romantic comedy kind of tepidly ensues.
While at law school, Ginnifer Goodwin’s character is on a kind-of-a-date with the guy of her dreams. But her best friend, played by Kate Hudson, charges up and intrudes… Being a pushover, Goodwin fails to stand up for herself. Her date (Egglesfield) only makes a halfhearted to chase after her.
Now, years later, the obnoxious, drunken, boorish Hudson is getting ready to walk down the aisle with the man from that night so long ago. When she gets a little too plastered at a party, Goodwin’s character – the maid of honor – winds up finally hooking up with the Groom to be. When the two realize there’s feelings involved, the situation begins to get complicated.
The emphasis is on the romance here, there’s not a lot of comedy, and even the attempts to be funny that are there aren’t trying that hard. Goodwin and Egglesfield start hashing out their feelings, trying to keep Hudson in the dark, while John Krasinski advises Goodwin behind the scenes as one of those guy friends who’s just a friend.
I didn’t mind the movie, I didn’t think it was bad or anything. In fact, the fact that the film is just as much about Ginnifer Goodwin’s character increasing her self awareness, examining her own behavior patterns and learning to stand up to her best friend gave the movie an added degree of decency. Plus, it seemed to reject the standard romantic movie avenues at several points… setting you up to think things like, “ok, so here’s the big kiss”, and then doing something unexpected. Or, “Oh, ok, here’s where they hook up instead…” and then, nope.
::shrugs:: Maybe I just don’t watch enough romances for my finely honed movie prognostication senses to reach their normal acuity levels.
In spite of the decent character development and the occasionally unexpected choices they make, I really didn’t find myself laughing at all, so I can’t recommend it as a comedy, and the cast wasn’t the most charismatic crew, so I didn’t really buy into it as a romance.
Fans of the genre will probably get more mileage from it, but otherwise you’re on safe ground skipping it altogether.