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Something Borrowed (2011)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 97

In spite of solid performances from Kate Hudson and John Krasinski, Something Borrowed is an unpleasant misfire that lives down to its title.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 34

In spite of solid performances from Kate Hudson and John Krasinski, Something Borrowed is an unpleasant misfire that lives down to its title.



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Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend, and, unhappily, still single-as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of the guy she's had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield)...who just happens to be Darcy's fiancÚ. As one thing leads to another in the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy's

Aug 16, 2011


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The movie is merely a joke-stoked soap opera; its bare-bones plot leaves the characters unrealized and the situations undefined.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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The film seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she's played by Kate Hudson. It's hard to imagine a worse miscalculation.

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source:
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"Inept and implausible in almost every way, Something Borrowed is the smug rom-com answer to the Apatowian man-child comedy."

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie strains far too hard to make what Rachel and Dex have done all right, as if their guilty anguish - and the movie's saccharine score - frees us to root for them.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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In Something Borrowed, Kate Hudson looks exhausted, as if she is as tired of wading through another one of her feckless duds as we are of watching them.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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"Something Borrowed" is something ... ew.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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From its empty soul to its poorly framed shots ready for pan-and-scan conversion, Something Borrowed seems primed to play on Saturday afternoons on E!, sandwiched between reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians...

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Chemistry-free casting (Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski) and a flawed premise, not the recipe for a great romance

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The work of the lead trio keeps the movie from ever becoming something blue.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

No romantic drama has ever been so misguided and eager for you to root against its characters. This tacky, morally abhorrent film is unbearable.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

While Something Borrowed obviously wants to explore themes of competitiveness and betrayal in female friendships, it seems to feel compelled to hit pre-programmed chick flick beats at regular intervals.

August 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

It's neither romantic nor comedic. Sort of defeats the whole point of the exercise, you know?

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

You'd have a lot more fun sharing a few Heinekens than wasting your time on this movie in which lies build upon lies until the whole plot comes crashing down.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Prepare to leave feeling something blue.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

...a passable romcom that just barely gets the job done...

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

An intoxicated condition might be the best one in which to watch this terrible movie.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The book was good but the movie is not. Too many unlikable characters without any softening.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

It should have borrowed some charm.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

As a wedding drama which feels like we've seen it 1,000 times before, Something Borrowed certainly lives up to the 'seen-it-all-before' title.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

I was grasping at straws to find anyone in the film that acted like a normal human being with a moral center.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

It's the Transformers of chick-flicks, a brain-stabbing hundred minutes of brutal hurtness.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

Even though it's chick-flicky with men who are either girly men or brutish clods, Goodwin and Krasinsky (in the Tony Randall role) give good performances.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

If you met any of these people in real life, you'd head for the hills; here, we're trapped with them for the duration, and it feels like a season in hell.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Some of the most utterly unlikable characters you've ever met. The exception is Kate Hudson's Darcy, who is completely detestable.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Spineless people slowly falling in love is painless to watch. 'Something Borrowed' now stands as proof of this.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
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The genre always assumes we'll sympathize with ugly, soulless, personality-free women doing terrible things... But even grading on that rom-com curve, this is a disgusting movie...

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Something Borrowed

It's a thin line between love and friendship.

Saw it again! Very good movie. I just can't help to enjoy chick flicks like this one. The story to me was very enjoyable and kept me indulge in it the whole time. Nice funny young cast to go along a nice screenplay.

Rachel is a lawyer. When she was in law school she fell for another student Dex who comes from an affluent family. But she's too shy to say anything. When Dex meets her best friend Darcy who treats her like dirt sometimes, who was visiting her, she makes a move on him and gets him. Eventually they get engaged and Darcy asks Rachel to be her Maid of Honor. But Rachel stills has feelings for Dex and still can't say anything. But when Darcy throws her a birthday party and Dex is there. When she and gets Dex are alone, she blurts out that she had a thing for him in college which surprised him. And after drinking a little they spend the night together. They try to forget the whole thing but can't but agree that it means nothing. But Ethan, Rachel close friend tells her that she'll spend her entire life regretting that if she does nothing.
August 11, 2013
Manu Gino

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Good chick flick. I liked the characters even though they were all pretty much cheaters and hard to feel sorry for - I think that is a credit to the cast to be able to say that!
Decent story and not silly as some of these movies can be , even in spite of Kate Hudson's over the top Darcy.
November 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

At over two hours long this recycled and totally unbelievable mess of a movie had me close to welling up with tears of boredom rather than emotion. After seeing "Bride Wars" a few years ago, I fear that Kate Hudson who delivered so well in "Almost Famous" earlier in her career, is drifting into the stereotypical "bridezilla" best friend who has nothing in between her ears but air. Irritating cast, especially Goodwin, with the only one redeeming feature being the sexually frustrated Kransinski and the ever hilarious Steve Howey as Marcus. Aside from the basic comedy elements of this movie, it felt like I had already seen it a million times and no one needed a guide book to know how this bad boy ended. Dissapointing, but expectedly so.
November 1, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams, Geoff Pierson, Jill Eikenberry, Jonathan Epstein

Director: Luke Greenfield

Summary: When successful single lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) learns that her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) -- the same guy she's pined after for years -- she's determined to maintain her loyalty. But things don't go quite as planned. Instead, she and Dex wind up in bed on the night of her 30th birthday party. Not surprisingly, the fallout from their romantic "slip" generates awkwardness for all concerned.

My Thoughts: "As typical and predictable as the next rom-com. But I did enjoy it just a little more then I thought I would. I loved John Krasinski in this film and I don't think he was used enough. His character was the only honest, genuine, funny character worth watching or liking. Steve Howey as Marcus was very funny as well. He made the film more enjoyable too. The three main leads were just OK, although I do usually like their acting. The film kind of romanticizes cheating. You want to root for Dex and Rachel, but you want to dislike them at the same time. It was hard for me to believe that Rachel could even think to destroy her relationship with Darcy that she has had for so long. I'm sure it happens and as the film goes, you find out what the outcome from it is. It's an unfortunate position to be in. Makes you wonder if yourself was in that position what would you choose, love or friendship?"
October 3, 2011

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    1. Rachel: Wait, don't be nacked.
    – Submitted by Patrick S (2 years ago)
    1. Darcy: If people fell in love based on their similarities, then two of you would be couple.
    – Submitted by Sheena Rie B (2 years ago)
    1. Ethan: I liked you until he came in the picture, I liked you even more!
    – Submitted by Rica d (2 years ago)
    1. Rachel: The idea of life without him is not only un-bearable , it's un-imaginable.
    – Submitted by Tahany K (2 years ago)
    1. Rachel: Your an a**hole!
    2. Ethan: Yeah maybe I am. But I am the only a**hole here that gives a s**t about you.
    – Submitted by Jeng M (2 years ago)
    1. Rachel: I just didn't think someone like you could ever like someone like me.
    – Submitted by Arnee M (3 years ago)
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