Movie review: Something Borrowed

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When chick lit becomes chick flick, guys can typically expect a painful and begrudging date night.

"Something Borrowed" has that pedigree, and it's squarely aimed at that audience, but it's got enough going for it to be at least tolerable for dudes who would rather be at "Thor."

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a sweet but driven New York attorney. Her best friend since childhood is Darcy (Kate Hudson), a brash and outgoing party girl who is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield).

Rachel had a crush on Dex when the two were in law school. And, as confirmed by a semi-drunken pre-wedding tryst, Dex harbored a secret attraction to her, too.

"Borrowed" has its flaws, but it's funny and warmly entertaining - a fine date movie. Director Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") gets laughs without too many gags and works the moral gray areas.

The leads are a mixed bag. Goodwin is delightful in the lead, sweet without being precocious. Hudson, on the other hand, makes Darcy too one-dimensional for us to feel much sympathy, a key failure of the film.

Still, there's plenty to like, particularly John Krasinski turning on that funny/charming blend he's perfected on "The Office."

I might not take "Something Borrowed" down the aisle, but it's definitely worth a one-night fling.

Flick it:

"Something Borrowed"

Opens Friday

3 stars out of 4