Something Borrowed Parent Guide
Dishonesty isn't the only issue in this romantic comedy.
Parent Movie Review
Nice guys (or girls) finish last. At least that’s what Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) believes. All of her life, the serious, studious brunette has played second fiddle to her irrepressible and self-centered friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). While Rachel gets the good grades and a NYU law degree, Darcy ropes in the men, including Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel’s study partner and secret crush.
Now six years later Dex and Darcy are preparing to waltz down the aisle with Rachel as the ever-sacrificing maid of honor doing all the boring wedding work—like writing the vows. But after Rachel’s surprise 30th birthday party (an event put on by Darcy who manages to keep most of the attention focused on herself for the entire evening), the old college study buddies end up in bed together.
One indiscretion might be redeemable but Dex and Rachel don’t have the backbone to confess their mistake. (They aren’t even honest with each other about their feelings.) Too shy to hold hands in public (probably a good thing since Dex is an engaged man), they still sneak behind Darcy’s back to have more illicit sex instead of coming clean with the bride-to-be. As the wedding date looms nearer, these two spineless attorneys flutter around in Darcy’s whirlwind of activities while affecting a supportive face for the nuptials.
From the sidelines, Ethan (John Krasinski), Darcy and Rachel’s longtime friend, watches with frustration. He badgers Rachel to tell Dex how she really feels and to demand a commitment from him. He even accompanies her to The Hamptons for several weekends to offer the moral support she needs. However, Rachel continues to surrender to the wishes of her gal pal while lying behind her back.
However dishonesty isn’t the only issue in this romantic comedy. Whether at home in New York or at the beach house, these young adults consume copious amounts of alcohol, often to the point of drunkenness. A pair of them also sneaks out of a bar to smoke an illegal substance. Casual sexual pursuits, while not frequently depicted on screen, seem to be the activity of choice for these friends who sleep their way around (or at least imply that they are). Along with sexual sounds and innuendo, the script contains repeated anatomical terms and crude sexual comments.
Initially, it seems understandable to cheer for the underdog, especially one as emotionally restrained as Rachel. But as the story progresses, it becomes obvious that much of her repression is self-inflicted and the cause of pain for a lot of other people as well. Unfortunately nice guys do finish last in this movie, but Rachel isn’t one of them.Directed by Luke Greenfield . Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield . Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release May 6, 2011. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Something Borrowed rated PG-13? Something Borrowed is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material.
Violence: Violent scenes from Fatal Attraction, including attempted drowning, a bloody knife fight and a shot that hits a person and splatters blood all over the wall behind her, are seen on a TV screen. One character hits another in the face with a badminton racket. A woman yells at others. Characters lie frequently.
Sexual Content: Characters often discuss sexual activities. Casual sex without any commitment is accepted. Discussions include the use of crude sexual slang, crass comments, anatomical terms and descriptive dialogue. A couple kisses passionately on several occasions and is shown in bed together in the morning. Repeated sounds of sexual activity are heard. A couple watches a film with lesbian kissing. A man gives another man a peck on the cheek after he says he is gay. Women dance erotically at a bar. A suggestive and partially nude photo of a woman is seen. A character becomes pregnant. Individuals are unfaithful in their relationships.
Language: The script includes a single use of a strong sexual expletive, numerous terms of Deity, repeated swearing and scatological slang.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink in social settings, at home and in bars. Characters are depicted as intoxicated on several different occasions. A man invites a woman to accompany him outside to smoke an illegal substance. Although the activity takes place off screen, the couple is later shown in a relaxed state.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Something Borrowed after the break...
Something Borrowed Parents' Guide
Rachel blames Darcy for many of her problems. But what role does this lawyer play in her own unhappiness? Why does she allow Darcy to treat her as she does?
What results from Rachel’s dishonesty? Who, beside herself, is hurt by her lack of truthfulness? What are the long-term consequences of her lies? Do people sometimes confuse lying with being nice?
How do the characters’ casual attitudes toward sex and alcohol affect them? Does the script present any consequences?
The most recent home video release of Something Borrowed movie is August 16, 2011. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Something Borrowed
Release Date: 16 August 2011
Something Borrowed releases home video on DVD and as a Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy).The package includes:
- Left Off The Guest List: Additional Scenes
- Something… Old?
- On Location Tours With Emily Giffin
- Marcus’s Guide to the Ladies
- What is “Something Borrowed”?
- Inside “Something Borrowed”
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Dishonesty in relationships causes problems for many movie couples. Another girl who always plays nice discovers her inability to be straightforward is hampering her chances for happiness in 27 Dresses. A widowed man meets the woman of his dreams in a bookstore only to discover she is dating his brother in Dan in Real Life. Ginnifer Goodwin also stars as a woman who watches from the sidelines while her girlfriend falls madly in love with a movie star in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Kate Hudson can be seen as a bride in stiff competition with her best friend (Anne Hathaway) when they both book their nuptials on the same day in Bride Wars.