Thursday, March 22, 2012

Books Made Into Movies: Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Originally Released: Aug. 2011
Running Time: 122 min.
Rating: PG-13


Synopsis: Chick-lit lovers, and those who love them, will flock to Something Borrowed, a frothy adaptation of Emily Giffin's bestselling novel. Something Borrowed itself borrows some of the best bits from earlier romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally…, 27 Dresses, and Sex and the City. Though Kate Hudson is the ostensible Big Star here, it's Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love, He's Just Not That into You) who finally comes into her own as a winsome leading lady. The plot is fairly simple: Rachel (Goodwin) harbors secret feelings for Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the fianc√© of her best friend, Darcy (Hudson). Along for the ride, and acting as a sort of stage manager/narrator √† la Our Town, is Ethan (John Krasinski), who just may be harboring some secret longings of his own. Will the right boys end up with the right girls? Well, Something Borrowed is one of those comfy films in which the viewer knows who's right for whom long before the characters do. And because of the light, easy direction of Luke Greenfield (whose previous works are mostly TV movies and series), and the sparky chemistry among the stars, Something Borrowed ends up delivering a delicious snack even more satisfying than the sum of its yummy parts. Krasinski, Egglesfield, and especially Goodwin shine in this ensemble, and fans of modern love stories--with a twist--will want to hold on to Something Borrowed. 


My Take: Just like I love me some chick-lit when I need to decompress, so its the same with a chick-flick. I am sure everyone else who wanted to, has probably already seen Something Borrowed because when it comes to renting movies we are about six months behind everyone else! However, on a recent rash of busy weekends I finally found some downtime and thought, yes the perfect mindless movie to accompany my need to do something mindless! And boy was mindless the perfect adjective for this movie, natch!


I had read Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed years ago when I first fell in love with the chick-lit genre and really enjoyed the book. I remember thinking it was a sweet and totally relateable story, especially Rachel, played by Gennifer Goodwin in the movie. Perhaps its the fact that I have (unfortunately) grown much older, or perhaps its just the adaptation but it did not play out as I had hoped. Somehow the guy everybody wants, Dex, played by Colin Egglesfield, and who is actually engaged to Rachel's best friend (played by Kate Hudson), is a spineless man willing to cheat on his fiance rather than just own up to his real feelings. Who wants to idolize and romanticize that?! Also, does John Krasinski have to play his character from The Office in every single role?! Don't get me wrong, he is totally loveable and the man that I am actually rooting for in this movie, but I feel bad for him being so typecast as Jim.


Ok so would I recommend this? Well not as the most memorable movie in history. But did it serve its purpose as a chick-flick to watch to relax to? Certainly. And sometimes that's all I need, even if it wasn't the best thing ever. Have you seen it? If so, please tell me what you thought!

10 comments:

  1. I haven't watched this movie, and I do love Chick-lit movies. I probably would like the book as well.

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    1. This sounds like one you would really enjoy then!

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  2. Well, as always if there is a book out there, I read it before I watch the movie. I wasn't impressed by either the book or the movie, Something Borrowed. However, I credit that to the fact that I am a bit older than you and most who loved the book and movie.

    A movie I want to see is We Bought The Zoo. I have already read the book, but like you I I am always two steps behind everyone else in seeing the movies. I look forward to seeing the movie, because I think it will be better than the book. Oh well, that remains to be seen. ; )

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    1. I haven't read We Bought the Zoo but I do want to see the movie! Looking forward to hearing from you how you think it compares to the book!

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  3. I hate it when a movie doesn't live up to the book.

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  4. Bf and I watched it and I have already forgotten everything that happened in it

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  5. The same thing happened with me in reading this book...I LOVED it, and then I read it again and liked it, and then I read it again and had all sorts of questions. You're so right about Dex...and Rachel thinking Darcy somehow owes her her fiance because she was kind of a brat in high school. I still read everything Giffin posts--she is a bathtub favorite--but it doesn't have the same sparkle as it did. (Did you ever read Something Blue?)

    I never saw the movie because a friend told me so much about the book had been changed, and not for the better. Why won't movie producers stay truer to the plot? It's what made the book a success in the first place, isn't it?

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    1. I think I did read Something Blue, way back when it first came out too. I agree, movie producers need to realize that books were good for a reason so stick to the script!

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