Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been lifelong best friends. Six years ago, on the verge of graduating from law school, Rachel inadvertently introduced her crush and best friend Dex (Colin Egglesfield who has the distinction of being Tom Cruise's doppelganger) to a rampaging Darcy. Darcy ignored her best friend's feelings for Dex and immediately pounced on him. If there is any one defining characteristic about Darcy it is her predatory sexual instinct. Dex ran after Rachel and asked her point blank if she had feelings for him and if he should remove himself from Darcy's clutches. She denied her own happiness and stupidly offered them her blessing at a considerably high sacrificial price.
In the present day Darcy and Dex are engaged. Making such a monumental commitment forces them to confront their demons. This leads Dex to reveal his longtime passion for Rachel, and Darcy down the road of being a floozy. She is a party girl after all with a healthy appetite for sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Rachel is caught in the middle of a crossroads where she must either deny her own happiness or spoil Darcy's. She engages in what has to be called a sweet, yet torrid by definition, affair with Dex. They have everything in common, including a shared history and the same dreams and aspirations. It is evident that Dex and Darcy are completely wrong for one another but that does not excuse Rachel from betraying her best friend in the world to steal her fiancé away.
In the middle of their summer long drama, Rachel's other best guy friend is always accompanying her to the Hamptons, and always consoling her when she needs a friend the most. Surprise, surprise, extra extra read all about it! He is madly, but secretly (shhhh) in love with her. Ethan (Krasinski) despises Dex and desperately tries to disentangle Rachel from his grasp as she is being bitterly strung along. Darcy meanwhile kindles a blazing hot sexual vibe with Marcus (Steve Howey) who is the least sensitive douche bag of all time. To add painful comedy amongst the agony of betrayal and heart-rendering, Claire (Ashley Williams) relentlessly pursues Ethan to the point of utter embarrassment.
Something Borrowed is an ironic title for a film that borrows almost nothing save for a hint of the St. Elmo's Fire love triangle, except in reverse. Krasinski, Hudson, Goodwin, and Egglesfield are splendid together. They will make audiences laugh, cringe, and feel any number of strong emotions, though for me, disgust is on top of the list. I am not a fan of modern romances that excuse cheating and put together couples to trade sexual partners on a daily basis. Sorry, no sloppy seconds for me, I am already full! Regardless, this is theater caliber chick flick so do not wait for the DVD, make this a true date night experience at the Cineplex.
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