The bonds of friendship

The bonds of friendship

Borrowing, the act of taking something with the intention of returning it, takes on a whole new meaning when it refers to a person, as is the case in the Hilary Swank-produced rom-com, Something Borrowed.

Based on Emily Giffin's novel of the same name, attorney Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and BFF Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been inseparable since childhood. However, on Rachel's 30th birthday, her moral compass guides her into rocky territory, and she ends up "borrowing" Darcy's husband-to-be, Dex (Colin Egglesfield).

To complicate matters further, Rachel has known Dex since law school, but both have been less than open about their feelings towards each other.

Something Borrowed tracks the trials and tribulations of a friendship of two polar personalities: Rachel is the sweet, hopeless romantic, who's always single; Darcy epitomises "Generation Me" and always gets her way, especially with men.

No doubt, we're meant to root for Rachel, the underdog, but Darcy actually proves far more intriguing. Hudson shines as the self-absorbed friend; although she's playing the prototype narcissist, she does it flawlessly.

That's not to say Goodwin misfires. She's perfectly cast as a carbon copy of her role in 2009's He's Just Not That Into You. And anyone who spells Jennifer with a "G" deserves major kudos.

Contains adult themes

YP Rating: 5/8

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