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Something Borrowed (chicks
8/10; guys 4/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 103 minutes
Not for children.
Chicks might love this movie;
guys not. The first hour would fit any manís legal definition of torture
for any normal guy. The only reason I remained in my seat was that I had
walked out of a screening of Thor after the first 15 minutes and
anything would look good compared to that monstrosity. After an hour,
however, when Ethan (John Krasinsky), the Tony Randall role, got more
attention, there were actually some laugh-out-loud scenes.
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and
Darcy (Kate Hudson) are BFF, and as chick-flicky as they could possibly
be. Darcy is engaged to marry Dex (Colin Egglesfield) and Rachel has
long carried the torch for Dex; in fact she introduced Darcy to Dex.
Neither Rachel nor Dex have the courage to speak up for their feelings.
So Darcy filled the void and grabbed him and has no clue about how
Rachel and Dex feel about each other. The entire movie is getting them
to confront their feelings and deal with Darcy, who is aggressive and
domineering. Derivative and predictable come flooding to the mind.
The problems with all these
chick flicks are twofold. In the first place, they are generally written
by chicks (here itís Jenny Snider from a novel by another chick, Emily
Giffin), and the chicks that write them donít have a clue about how
normal men act, think, or speak. Thatís true here. The men, you should
pardon the expression, are either girly men, like Dex, or sexless, like
Ethan, or unbearably gross and crude, like Marcus (Steve Howey), who is
clumsily trying to bed Rachel.
The second problem is the
dialogue, mainly between and among the women. I hope that this isnít the
way real women speak and act with each other, because all those scenes
are enough to send any normal man running out of the theater, screaming.
Despite the script, however,
the acting in this is very good, especially Krasinsky and Goodwin.