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Something Borrowed (DVD)
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Something Borrowed (DVD)
Advantages: Believable, not predictable, good acting
Disadvantages: Flashbacks can be confusing if you're not paying full attention!
**THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW**
"Something Borrowed" definitely falls under the romcom category, although I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't follow the usual predictable romcom format and it kept me guessing about the outcome right until the end of the film.
The film opens with a surprise birthday party for Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), who has just turned 30 and her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) has arranged a party for her. Rachel and Darcy are two extremes, and it's sometimes difficult to imagine how they came to be friends in the first place. Rachel is shy and quiet, down to earth and studious, with a successful career in law. Darcy prefers the faster paced life and spends her time partying, shopping and flirting with men. Darcy knows what she wants and goes out and gets it, Rachel tends to go with the flow and lets life pass her by, not wanting to rock the boat. Differences aside, they are very close friends and have shared their most important and life-changing experiences together.
Darcy is engaged to the very handsome and successful Dex, who went to law school with Rachel and is still close friends with her. It doesn't take long to realise that there has been a ship that's sailed between these two, but there is still lots of chemistry between them. We see lots of flashbacks from Rachel where she remembers their days in law school, and how just as her and Dex were about to get it together, Darcy appeared on the scene and stole her thunder.
On the night of the party, Darcy ends up being taken home because she has had too much to drink, and Dex takes Rachel for a drink to continue her birthday celebrations. They talk about life and their dreams, and how they're both unfulfilled by doing what's expected of them rather than what they really want to do. Rachel reveals that she had a huge crush on Dex in college, and he is genuinely surprised as he was mad about her but thought it was unreciprocated and that Rachel had set Dex up with Darcy deliberately. What happens that night begins a love triangle which has many twists and turns, and will keep you guessing right till the end.
The film is very well acted, and one of the things I liked about it most was that I liked all of the characters. Usually in romcoms, you can tell from the start who the "bad guy" is going to be, and there's a clear cut outcome that you want to see and usually happens in a very predictable way.Usually, the girl's with the wrong guy, then she realises who she should be with and it all ends happily.
This film was different in that all the characters were likeable, there isn't really a "bad guy" or obvious outcome, but things had just got confusing and various people find themselves in impossible situations where the only way they can be happy is by hurting other people.
Kate Hudson is excellent in this film. She portrays the superficial partygoer perfectly, yet somehow manages to remain likeable and you can't help but feel a bit sorry for her at times. I usually take an instant dislike to this kind of character, and although I wasn't keen in the beginning she grew on me and I could see she had a good side.
Rachel's character was played by Ginnifer Goodwin, an actress I'm not overly familiar with. She was also very believable and reminded me of myself in my uni days because she's so timid and awkward. There's a great scene where she's trying to keep up with Darcy and they're both dancing in a bit of a burlesque way on the dancefloor, and she ends up pulling a muscle in a rather awkward place! This made me smile because it's exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me when trying to be something you're not.
The men are also convincing but they pale into insignificance a bit compared to the women. The main male character Dex is played by Colin Egglesfield, and I kept swinging between thinking he was an idiot but then feeling sorry for him. Again, I would normally be quite judgemental about these kind of situations but the characters made me empathise that things aren't always as easy as they seem.
I really enjoyed this film, because it's a bit different to the usual predictable romcoms and actually portrays that in real life, not everyone can have a happy ending. The acting is very believable and I felt like I'd connected with the characters and wanted things to work out well for each of them.
Some parts of the film use Rachel's flashbacks to tell some of the story, and although this isn't overly confusing if you're paying attention, it requires a little more concentration than most romcoms so if you pop out of the room for a toilet break make sure you pause otherwise you'll wonder what's going on when you get back!
I also liked the dynamics of the film in that at different times I wanted different outcomes. There are also some sideline characters who make a bit more of an appearance towards the end of the film, and this adds a new dimension to the love triangle. It's quite a thought provoking film, and makes you realise how sometimes if you don't figure out what you want and just go for it, the results can be life-changing and very complicated. It also makes you think about the importance of communication, because the whole reason Rachel and Dex never got together in the first place was because they both assumed the other wouldn't be interested, and neither actually told the other one how they felt.
This is a truly heartwarming feelgood romcom, which will keep you guessing till the end and will no doubt put a smile on your face yet leave you in quite a reflective mood after watching it. The fact that not everyone ends up with exactly what they want makes it a lot more believable than the average romcom. It's also very heartwrenching for anyone who's ever been in the position of unrequited love (which is most of us at some point in our lives!).
The film is 112 minutes long and a 12A certificate.
Summary: A better than average romcom