Box art for Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

comedy, romance

Perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of the guy she's had a crush on since law school... who just happens to be her best friend's fiancé.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Soap-operaish romcom is full of mature twists, betrayals.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy based on a popular novel has melodramatic twists that turn into a series of lies and betrayals that are portrayed as humorous. There's especially strong language for a romcom (one "f--k" and many uses of the words "s--t," "a--hole," and more) and a lot of scenes that take place while characters get sloshed at bars. Love scenes include kissing and loud sex noises, but nothing graphic is shown. Some of the movie's messages about love and friendship are pretty iffy, and the characters are sometimes unlikeable ... but in the end, as with all romcoms, everyone winds up with "the one."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about friendship and love. Does the story justify/glamorize betrayal? Do the ends ever justify the means? What constitutes a healthy romantic relationship? A strong friendship?
  • Why do you think movies like these appeal more to girls and women than boys and men? Is it strange that girls are more likely to go to action movies than guys are to go to romantic comedies?
  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are there any realistic consequences for the characters' behavior?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The most dispiriting thing about "Something Borrowed" is that with a little more art, craft and wit it could have been a lot better, maybe even good.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rotten: In Something Borrowed, Kate Hudson looks exhausted, as if she is as tired of wading through another one of her feckless duds as we are of watching them.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, May 6, 2011

Rotten: Krasinski is, once again, the best thing about a romantic comedy.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 5, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's a thin line between love and friendship. Saw it again! Very good movie. I just can't help to enjoy chick flicks like this one. The story to me was very enjoyable and kept me indulge in it the whole time. Nice funny young cast to go along a nice screenplay. Rachel is a lawyer. When she was in law school she fell for another student Dex who comes from an affluent family. But she's too shy to say anything. When Dex meets her best friend Darcy who treats her like dirt sometimes, who was visiting her, she makes a move on him and gets him. Eventually they get engaged and Darcy asks Rachel to be her Maid of Honor. But Rachel stills has feelings for Dex and still can't say anything. But when Darcy throws her a birthday party and Dex is there. When she and gets Dex are alone, she blurts out that she had a thing for him in college which surprised him. And after drinking a little they spend the night together. They try to forget the whole thing but can't but agree that it means nothing. But Ethan, Rachel close friend tells her that she'll spend her entire life regretting that if she does nothing.

- MANUGINO, Sunday, August 11, 2013

3 stars

I have always loved Kate Hudson as an actress and this is another great film from her. Her characters never fail to make me laugh but I can't help but think that this isn't as good as her other films. Although still a great film and would definitely reccomend it!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011

2 stars

This is a romantic comedy that tries to change the formula around, and some of it works, and some of it fails. First, it has some very funny moments. John Krasinski has some very hilarious moments throughout the movie. He is by far the best actor and most likeable character in the film. I also really liked the way the movie told the story of Rachel(Ginnifer Goodwin) and Dex's(Colin Egglesfield) relationship through flashbacks. Not many rom-com's do that, and I think it really worked here. My biggest hang up with this is the ending. It's not a satisfying conclusion at all. I really didn't care for Darcy(Kate Hudson), and thought that Rachel would do much better than what she ended up doing. God, I sound like a girl in junior high. My wife really liked it, so I guess it met it's target audience(women). But for me, other than the ending, it was a very enjoyable film. There are a lot worse movies like this out, trust me, I've sat through most of them:-p

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, June 25, 2011