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Friendship fiasco

movie-reviews Updated: May 27, 2011 23:58 IST

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Something Borrowed

Direction: Luke Greenfield
Cast: Kate Hudson, Gennifer Goodwin
Rating: *

This chick-lit adaptation of the New York Times bestseller of the same name is glib, shallow and unrelentingly repugnant. Obviously aimed at romantically inclined teens, Something Borrowed follows two lifelong gal pals who are faced with a dilemma forcing them to choose between friendship and self-interest.

The script offers no insight and provides no more than one or two smiles to squeak by. The narrative ambles along a predictable romantic roundelay route. The friends in question are a submissive singleton (Goodwin) and a domineering about-to-be-married bridezilla (Hudson). Complications ensue when the prospective groom (Colin Egglesfield, a blandly boring young Tom Cruise lookalike) starts having second thoughts about which of the two women he is really in love with. The direction by Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) is uninspired. There’s no heart to the romance, little humour to the comedy and plenty of melodramatic clichés. Plus, there are a couple of annoying flashback interludes and brazen product placements for a popular brand of beer.

In a one-note role, Kate Hudson is not afforded an opportunity to bring any shadings to her character. As her cloyingly cute best buddy, Gennifer Goodwin is even less convincing. The movie also wastes the promising supporting cast including John Krasinski as the platonic friend forever dispensing tough love advice.

All in all, this is an embarrassing piece of wish fulfilment fluff.