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Something Borrowed "insipid"

Kate Hudson romcom misses the mark by a wide margin

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I don’t know how true Jennie Snyder’s screenplay is to Emily Griffin’s novel because I never finished reading it. In the movie, smarty-pants lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and bossy party girl Darcy (Kate Hudson) are BFFs. After Rachel’s birthday party, she hooks up with her boring but supposedly hunky lawyer friend Dex (Colin Egglesfield) who is also Darcy’s fiancé---oops. Ethan (John Krasinski), the other best friend, makes an insipid story funny while he’s on screen. Too bad Rachel didn’t hook up with him instead---but then we wouldn’t have an excuse for nearly two hours of brooding, law school flashbacks, getting-drunk-in-the-Hamptons montages and sneaking around. I forgot: every intelligent brunette needs a dull pretty boy to feel like her best self. Thanks, Hollywood. Definitely needed that one.

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