If Emily Giffin had written Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets and the Montagues would have had a tearful heart-to-heart and then agreed to disagree. The plot of Giffin's 2005 best-seller is pure soap opera: BFFs Darcy (Hudson) and Rachel (Goodwin) fall for the same guy (Melrose Place 2.0 alum Egglesfield); he gets engaged to one and falls in love with the other. But notwithstanding a few besotted confrontations, Something Borrowed never quite comes to terms with the fact that its object of desire is, well, a colossal prick.
As the mousy good girl used to languishing in Hudson's gilded shadow, Goodwin manages the acrobatic contortions of playing a character who's not only unaware of her own beauty but also clueless that her self-effacing hesitation only enhances it. (Jennie Synder's script cements the friends' past bond with a pas de deux to Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It.") Beginning with a surprise birthday party, the movie shuttles back and forth between Goodwin and Egglesfield's law-school meet-cute---it involves pens---and his impending wedding to Hudson. Neither the consistently upstaged underdog nor the groom-to-be has the gumption to act on their feelings until the impending nuptials are nigh; cue laughter, sighs and abundant running in the rain. Still, no amount of gloss can turn Egglesfield's two-timer into a tortured hero, and his bland, vague performance doesn't help. This rom-com certainly has something old, something borrowed and something blue---the something new, however, is MIA.
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