The Movie: 4/10
This is a romantic comedy that is not all that funny, and there is not a whole lot of romance. Something Borrowed is just a long list of characters acting out in ways that they should not, by doing things that just seem to frustrate the viewer. The acting is not horrible, but the story and characters are so one dimensional that it just becomes somewhat hard to watch.
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is turning 30, and her lifelong best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is throwing her a party. Darcy is the type of friend that is always the center of attention, and the life of the party, which makes it all the more interesting as Darcy is marrying Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who just so happens to be Rachel’s love interest. Ever since Rachel and Dex met in law school, the two have apparently (and somehow unbeknownst to each other) been in love with the other. Through flashbacks we see that the two were destined to be together, until that fateful night when Rachel kind-of-sort-of introduces Dex and Darcy, and then doesn’t protest when the two start to date. So far, I can’t feel sorry for anyone in this story, as Rachel seems too meek to make a move, and now her best friend and long time crush are well past dating, as there is a ring on Darcy’s finger. Perhaps it is too late, but against all odds, Dex and Rachel end up sleeping together, which starts the whole ball of wax moving towards destruction.
Rachel and Dex try to hide their relationship from Darcy, who seems just as oblivious, even though good friend Ethan seems to have figured out the affair. The characters all seem to just roll on with decision after decision that pits best friend against love interest, so much so that in the end the entire group is obviously destinged for heartbreak. There is nothing that seems to be able to save this group from themselves, and in the end, nothing does.
The main issue that I have with this movie is that the decisions that each of the characters make during the film are just bad, and it really makes the two hours seem long and frustrating, and by the end, I just didn’t care if Rachel ended up with Dex, mainly due to the fact that everyone seems to be getting hurt. It made for a rough watch. The acting was decent actually, but there was no real character development, and everything was pretty foreseeable right from the start. Something Borrowed was not horrible, but it was a real challenge to find the bright spots in this long winded display of how to ruin a few good relationships.
- Something Old – Apparently turning 30 is so horrible that we need a short extra about how bad getting that old can be.
- On Location Tours With Emily Giffin – Emily Giffin. the author of Something Borrowed, the book which the movie was based on, goes on tour in the 5 minute extra.
- Marcus’s Guide To The Ladies – This is a kind of impromptu set of rules for meeitng the ladies. This 7 minute extra was actually kind of funny, and features Marcus from the movie (Steve Howey) as he takes his ladies man persona to the extreme.
- What Is Something Borrowed – This little extra is only 2 minutes in length, and is a super short overview of the movie.
- Additional Scenes – There are about 8 minutes of extra scenes included on the Blu-ray. None of the scenes are missed.
- Gag Reel – The gag reel is relatively short, and decent as far as gag rels go.
- Digital Copy & DVD – Both are included with the Blu-ray.
Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
The cover for something borrowed is pretty drab really. Two couples, in various states of cuddling. It just seems a bit too plain for my liking, but the cover is miles above the stagnant menu that simply has shots of the 4 same characters, with no movement whatsoever. Blu-ray menus should no be static at this point, so make at least an effort. These are both just drab and unappealing.
Audio & Video: 7/10
Remarkably the audio and video were very well done. I was very surprised at the 1.78:1 widescreen AVC encoded 1080p presentation, which featured great colors and blacks. the video was also great, as was the audio, which was dialogue heavy, but very crisp and lively. There is not a lot of need for Surround Sound here, but the overall presentation in 5.1 was very nice.
I really did not love this movie. It dragged on and on and I really started to hate the characters. For a romantic comedy, this really kind of lacked any real comedy. The movie itself is just not as good as it should be, and while I thought the acting was decent, the characters were so depressingly one dimensional, and at times loathesome, that it really ruined any chance that you actually feel anything for them or care what happens. Even my favorite character, Ethan, who is funny and seems to have some brains, ends up being thrown in with the rest of the crew when he decides that the female that he has been screaming at to act like an adult, is somehow the one that he is in love with. I just cringed. This is a movie that I just don’t think has any lasting appeal.
Overall Score 4/10