By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 5, 2011 at 1:07AM
Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent genuine romantic article: the royal wedding.
This freshman effort from producer Hilary Swank and partner Molly Smith tries to remedy what's wrong with the current rom-com formula by casting non-movie star brunette Goodwin in the lead role as a passive shrinking violet and exuberantly blonde Hudson as her narcissistic best girlfriend who is about to marry Goodwin's soul mate. The movie throws out some challenging moral dilemmas at the start but flounders on weak writing, bad casting and unsatisfying resolution. Anti-heroine Goodwin can't carry this movie; it would help if we liked Hudson more. Why would anyone want to be friends with this screeching, constantly tipsy harpy? (A sampling from critics and the trailer are below.)
Something Borrowed is earning worse reviews than the upcoming Bridesmaids, which also goes overboard in painting women at their worst, as well as teen flick Prom. But when Drew Barrymore delivers authentic girl-power goods with Whip It, women don't show up in theaters.
“'The Hamptons are like a zombie movie directed by Ralph Lauren.' Enjoy that line, because it’s about the only one that might make you laugh in the irredeemably lame romcom Something Borrowed. From the minute you see Ginnifer Goodwin wearing an unconvincing long brown wig, you have an inkling of just how false this by-the-numbers film is going to be."
"The poster, featuring colorful little boxes with headshots of the stars, is nearly the same lazy design used to promote the superb, humane comedy How Do You Know last year—a disturbing example of insensate Hollywood selling its best and worst in the same package. If not the worst, this is at least the most dissembling. It’s no coincidence that Something Borrowed features lawyer protagonists; while making a pretense of being a comedy of modern sexual ethics, the movie never asks a hard question without an answer prepared in advance."
"Something Borrowed doesn’t so much borrow from other movies as settle into a comfort zone of raising provocative questions regarding love, commitment and marriage only to dismiss them with a brush of a hand as so much dandruff. Box office will reflect audiences’ willingness to tolerate such laziness…Consequently, you don’t really like anyone here. No one deserves to be happy given the bad decisions, wrong values and susceptibility to outside pressure all the characters suffer from."
"Based on Emily Giffin's beach-read bestseller, this relatively charmless adaptation centers on the relatable-enough panic of watching one's ideal partner tie the knot with the wrong person, but ditches all the elements that link the premise to real life,…Try as she might, Hudson can't turn Darcy into a three-dimensional character: She's astonishingly easy to dislike,..And so, in the absence of a naturally comedic cast, Krasinski becomes the go-to guy for funny cutaways, with The Office thesp delivering his trademark monkey-face expressions whenever the other characters do something weird. Even with nothing more to do, he's a more plausible love interest than Egglesfield's Dex, a Tom Cruise-handsome rich kid who's spent his whole life trying to please his parents."
"Kate Hudson does obnoxious brilliantly, and her performance as Darcy along with that of John Krasinski as Ethan are the two things - the only two things - that are worthy of note in this appallingly, irritatingly misjudged movie…we soon lose interest in their romantic plight and wish the film didn't feel like a three hour marathon of plastic situations and plastic characters."
"Thank heavens Krasinski, at least, had the screenwriter’s ear. He makes every one-liner land…And the message of it all may be the blandest, most trite ingredient on the screen here, that 'Sometimes good people do bad things.' Talk about 'Something Borrowed.'"