Something Borrowed

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield

Director: Luke Greenfield

Stars: **

"Something Borrowed" poses the question: What happens when you realize you're in love with your best friend's fiance? But the characters are either so ill-defined or unlikable, it's hard to care whether they get out of this tricky situation with their emotions and relationships intact.

And that's odd, and unfortunate, because ``Something Borrowed'' stars the ordinarily adorable Ginnifer Goodwin as a New York attorney who finds herself in that predicament.

Directed by Luke Greenfield (``The Girl Next Door'') and based on the novel by Emily Giffin, ``Something Borrowed'' introduces us to Goodwin's character, Rachel, on the night of her 30th birthday. She's quietly freaking out about the passage of time because she's still hopelessly single, the cliched trademark of so many chick-lit heroines. Meanwhile, her closest pal since childhood, the blonde party girl Darcy (Kate Hudson), is about to marry Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel's good friend from law school.

Rachel introduced the two of them six years ago and encouraged them to get together, even though she was secretly in love with Dex. (And Egglesfield, a former soap opera star in his first major film role, is traditionally handsome in a young-Tom-Cruise sort of way.) But after a few drinks at her surprise party, she and Dex end up sleeping together _ and that inspires them to revisit feelings they'd both suppressed.

Clearly, they're meant for each other, but each feels a responsibility toward Darcy _ which makes no sense, because Darcy only feels a responsibility toward herself. As Hudson describes her own character in the film's production notes, ``Darcy is all about Darcy.'' And as Hudson plays her, she is rampantly narcissistic; the script from Jennie Snyder Urman renders her in such one-dimensional fashion, it's hard to figure out what she does besides drink and shop. She may not even have a job.

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