Something Borrowed is a Keeper

An entertaining adult love story without the schmaltz, yes, believe it, “Something Borrowed” whets appetites with a plausible premise and an unpredictable outcome.  Sure to generate opposing views depending on how one defines true love, kudos to the filmmakers for daring to present something different to audiences long served the quintessential fairytale ending and to that I say, ‘Yay!’

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend, and, unhappily, still single—as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of the guy she’s had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield)… who just happens to be Darcy’s fiancé.

As one thing leads to another in the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy’s wedding, Rachel finds herself in an impossible situation, caught between her treasured friendship with Darcy and the love of her life.

John Krasinski of NBC-TV’s The Office fame also stars as Ethan, Rachel’s constant confidante and sometimes conscience, who is busy evading the affection of Darcy’s hopelessly love-struck friend Claire (Ashley Williams) while harboring a secret crush of his own.  Steve Howey costars as the charming and irrepressible Marcus, whose designs on Rachel don’t necessarily exclude any other woman who catches his eye.

The film is based on the best-selling novel Something Borrowed, by Emily Giffin and is produced by two-time Oscar®-winning actress Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry”), Molly Mickler Smith (“The Blind Side,” “P.S. I Love You”).   The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material.

I sat with cast members to discuss this adult-friendly film — 

(L to R) John Krasinksi and Ginnifer Goodwin
costar in “Something Borrowed”

Talk2SV:  The great chemistry between the two of you served the story well.

John Krasinski: One of the main reasons for me singing on to do this was because of Ginny. I always thought that she is one of the most talented actors we have so it was very exciting to work with her. I also think she’s a very different kind of actress. She has a unique presence on and off screen, so it was probably one of those situations where a super fan turned into a friend.  She was lucky enough not to see the super fan part (laughter).

Ginny Goodwin: It’s a hard thing to manufacture chemistry on screen and I feel that’s something I do struggle with to a certain extent.  But, with John, it was very easy.  We became fast friends and I love our scenes together.  I feel like our friendship definitely lifted up the material to a certain extent.

Talk2SV: Several aspects of this story ring true.  Are there any particular aspects that resonate with either of you?

Krasinski: For me, the idea of ‘the story’ is the hook and I was much more intrigued with this material than any other romantic comedy I’ve seen in awhile because it dealt with the reality of the relationships, being dirty and messy and not the easiest to get through.  Dealing with your friends and such in that there have been plenty of moments  that we’ve all had where our friends think you are not dating the people that ‘they’ wish you were or that you wish your friends were.  So, the fact that at the end of it you’ve gone through something with these people rather than more of the fantasy of romantic comedy that is [typically]  tied up in a bow and it’s just a ‘feel good’ experience.  This is more like seeing yourself on screen and in that way, I think you have to be more engaged in the story and that’s exciting.

Goodwin sports a sassy cut and typically wears wigs in film roles

Goodwin: Yeah, there is definitely something more to be endured than enjoyed and it’s not like you want to.  It’s not like anybody is going to want to escape into this world, but what I think is so refreshing about it and what is genius about it is that this romantic comedy doesn’t give you any answers, it just poses a lot of questions.  What satisfied me is that I was left feeling that this story continues and I don’t mean because we’re going to make a sequel.  What I mean is I feel that there is something substantial about the actions of these characters and I felt like they’re still dealing with that situation.  It’s as if what they are going through was as John said, extremely relatable and messy and gross and gray.  I liked that we didn’t glamorize it too much.

Talk2SV: Turning 30 is a big deal for the women in this film.  What do you remember about turning 30?

Goodwin: I actually worked with the filmmakers on the Rachel meltdown over turning 30; it was important to me. I was 31 when we filmed this.  I had had a similar meltdown and really responded to the character when I read the script because I was going through it at the time. I woke up on my 30th birthday and realized it is such a major check in point in life.  I certainly started questioning where I am in my career, I started questioning my romantic partners, my place in my own life line and so forth.  Asking sekf questions such as ‘Am I supposed to be thinking about having children now’ because that biological clock is ticking.  I do feel it.  Am I where I want to be in my career and no matter what, it’s a discombobulating thing because when we’re in our 20’s we can blame everything, all of our mistakes on our youth.  I think that we have to take more responsibility in our 30’s and that is a sort of jarring example of becoming an adult, I guess.

John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on NBC-TV’s The Office

TalkSV: John, I am a huge fan of The Office. Do you see this character as a departure from ‘Jim,’ the character you are best known for on that popular TV show?

Krasinski: You know I think it’s a departure.  I mean, my character is still a nice guy who is pretty put together but the fun thing about it was to be in an ensemble like this and get to play around on my summer break.  It was also really nice to be a part of a romantic comedy that was a little dirtier.  It was` nice to have a character in a movie that was actually saying things completely insane and I think Emily (Griffin) really captured something real in her book. I think that’s why the books are so popular is that you can find yourself in them. I’m not a huge “Chick Lit” fan … I didn’t even know that there was a division called “Chick Lit” so for me that was the fun part.  It was a really good time and I think that when you’re a part of a movie that allows you to analyze yourself somehow.  It’s always fun to see who people relate to or who you think they should relate to and they have no idea that they’re like those people.

Goodwin: Oh, on a side note, I based a character in a movie on one of my best girlfriends once.  The role was portrayed in such a way that when her executive friends all saw the movie, they called her and they said, ‘Oh my God, Ginny is clearly playing you in this movie.’  To this day, she is positive that it was a prank we were all playing because there is absolutely no way that she is seen as that particular character (in that particular film). She was so offended.

Kate Hudson as “Darcy”

Talk2SV: The role of Darcy, Kate’s character is particularly acerbic; do you know anybody like that? Have you had to avoid anybody like that? Have you befriended anybody like that?

Krasinski:  That character is one of the great archetypes in life, I mean, there’s that person who is just incredibly present and forceful.  Then there are people who have that force behind them and are done so delicately that it’s a wonderful attribute.  There are some people who are just straight bombastic, loud, and kind of pushy and there are no smooth edges, they just keep bumping up against things.

Ginny Goodwin as “Rachel” in the contemporary
romantic comedy, “Something Borrowed”

Goodwin: Nobody wants to be the Darcy character. Everybody thinks that she’s the Rachel character (smiles).

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