Where’s the love in this triangle?

2011-07-11 00:00

IT’S hard to write a review on a film that apologises for every decision that it tries to make. I want to complain about having wasted my morning, but the film appears to feel bad enough as it is.

The plot centres on a love triangle (though I was not convinced that any of the characters were actually in love with anyone but themselves). Darcy (Kate Hudson) is an obnoxious, plastic, dumb-but-pretty blonde who is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), a prim, successful lawyer from a reputation-conscious family who prefers to be the party wallpaper, while his wife-to-be boisterously takes the stage.

Although Hudson looks stunning, one can’t help but imagine what the two of them see in each other (even if opposites do attract).

Enter the best friend, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), the plain singleton who always smiled in self-involved Darcy’s shadow, despite supposedly having an averagely high IQ and law degree. She’s the female version of Dex and quite predictably has been in love with him since they first met in law school. He’s loved her too, but somehow thought it was a good idea to let his feelings slide and ask her best friend to marry him instead.

Enter Rachel’s other friend, Ethan (John Krasinski), who switches between total tool and super-nice guy when the plot requires. He loves Rachel too, but declines when she asks him to marry her and pretends to be uninterested until she reveals her love for Dex. Men!

The film works hard at trying to justify everything. Dex and Rachel sleep together behind Darcy’s back, but it’s okay because nobody likes Darcy anyway. Ethan sleeps with some chick and it’s okay for him to treat her like junk because she is crazy. Dex refuses to end things with Darcy and marry Rachel because his parents told him so and the last thing he wants is to make his depressed mother sad … Wait, how old is he?

I’m sure someone, somewhere had a good idea when brainstorming Something Borrowed, but the end result is a painfully written rehash with a few good lines by characterless stereotypes who all make implausible choices. **

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