Re-Watch: Something Borrowed (2011)

Something Borrowed
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writer: Jennie Snyder
Based on: Emily Giffin‘s book
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams
Seen on: 30.12.2019
[Here’s my first review.]

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been best friends since about forever. Darcy is an extroverted party girl, while Rachel is pretty comfortable in Darcy’s shadow. But after a drunken night Rachel sleeps with Darcy’s fiancé Dex (Colin Egglesfield) who she’s been in love with since about forever. What starts as a single mistake soon ends up an affair that puts most of Rachel’s values in question.

It’s been almost ten years that I saw the film for the first time, and to be fair, when I decided to watch it again, I wasn’t even sure anymore if I had seen it. But I liked the film back then, and I liked it a lot again now.

The film poster showing the main characters of the film.

If you don’t know anything about it, Something Borrowed looks like a standard RomCom (which is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong), but it’s not. It does borrow from the genre, but its much more interested in the relationship between Rachel and Darcy – and I loved how they handled that. They are both wonderful characters who get to be flawed and make mistakes. They don’t always treat each other right, but they love each other – that much is true. And I loved that the film sticks with that.

Also, the situation Rachel finds herself in is understandably difficult. It’s not one of those movie drama situations that just exist because the plot demands that there is drama. To me, it was very understandable how they ended up where they ended up, even though not all decisions were good decisions, of course.

Ethan (John Krasinski), Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), Darcy (Kate Hudson) and Dex (Colin Egglesfield) sitting around a table.

That being said, there were some things that made me less happy than the overall film – and that was mostly the way Ethan (John Krasinski) handles his relationship with Claire (Ashley Williams), or rather her advances. He treats her like shit and the movie handles that mostly with making fun of it – and her. It’s pure luck that Ethan is played by Krasinski who is so likeable that I didn’t want to strangle Ethan, but it was a close call. And the last scene of the film just was the unnecessary icing on that particular cake.

But still, I found Something Borrowed great to watch. It’s a thoughtful film about friendship and looks at when and how we need to put ourselves first – and when the friendship. It’s not always easy to balance those things, so it’s great to get a film that takes such a decent look at that question.

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) out together.

Summarizing: definitely worth watching.

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