Friday, June 24, 2011

Looking for Something? Perhaps it was Borrowed

        Picture this: your best friend just threw you a surprise thirtieth birthday party.  You were expecting it, of course, but you figure to go along with the charade.  After too much partying, she goes home, and you and her fiance are the last to leave.  He suggests to go out, get a few more drinks, and before you know it, the both of you rekindle old feelings from several years ago, and make one of your biggest mistakes yet. 

And thus begins the film adaptation of Emily Giffin's best-selling novel, Something Borrowed. 

       The typical chick-flick opened May sixth this year, and is very perfect for anyone who enjoys something maudlin.  Our heroin Rachel White (portrayed by Ginnifer Goodwin), the good-girl, tests her friendship with lifelong-friend Darcy Rhone (Kate Hudson) after spending the night with her fiance, Dex (Colin Egglesfield).  Rachel gets to experience the ultimate cliche of finally getting her chance with the one who is perfect for her, but certain risks come into play.  With the advice of her friend Ethan (John Krakinski), who also faces the follies of love, Rachel goes forth to find out where her loyalties lie. 

       All the feelings harbored since law school between her and Dex have shone through, and in this very sappy adaptation, Rachel realises she needs to decide if she wants to risk losing her best friend or true love.

       Something Borrowed was a decent book; quite the page-turner actually.  Pretty different from the movie however.  Although the film had its moments, it is a bit of a letdown to someone who enjoys Emily Giffin's work.  Throughout the film, SB readers question whether or not Darcy really does have a job, as oppose to Rachel, who is always bombarded with assignments from her law firm.  And where is Hillary, Rachel's co-worker who gives her the girlfriend advice she needs?  Although this film is labeled as a romantic comedy, John Krakinski seems to be the only one providing comic relief; his one-liners will leave audiences quoting him for the rest of the night.  Rachel's character in the book and film seemed pretty consistent, however.  Both of them are indecisive, infatuated and tend to be quite the unreliable narrator.  If Rachel White is the self-proclaimed good girl, how exactly did she wind up having an affair with her best friend's fiance?!

        Don't be forlorn;  Something Borrowed was indeed a pretty good film.  I recommend it for anyone who enjoys sappy chick-flicks, Emily Giffin's books, or John Krakinski's sense of humor. 

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