Something Borrowed

The half-star rating goes to John Krasinski for heroically rising above this vile dung heap of a movie. Krasinski plays Ethan, the comic relief in a film that offers no relief from pretty people doing despicable things. Which would have been forgivable if they didn’t do it so witlessly.

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The toxic queen is Darcy, played by Kate Hudson as if obnoxious equaled charm. She’s delusional. Hudson’s performance grates like two hours of nails on a blackboard. Yet Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin, trapped), Darcy’s BFF, has been taking crap from this loudmouth since Darcy stole handsome Dex (Colin Egglesfield) from her in law school. Now Darcy and Dex the dud are getting married, just as Dex and Rachel realize they should have been together. But the lovers can’t stick it to Darcy. Why? They think this egotist is their friend. Kill me now. This revolting rom-com, adapted from Emily Giffin’s bestseller, could have been over in five minutes if everyone had buried Darcy on a Hamptons beach and waited for high tide. Something Borrowed is directed by Luke Greenfield, the perpetrator of the god-awful The Animal and The Girl Next Door. I can truthfully say Greenfield has done it again.

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From The Archives Issue 1131: May 26, 2011