Something Borrowed (film)

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Something Borrowed
Something borrowed poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLuke Greenfield
Produced byHilary Swank
Molly Mickler Smith
Broderick Johnson
Andrew Kosove
Aaron Lubin
Pamela Schein Murphy
Screenplay byJennie Snyder Urman
Based onSomething Borrowed
2005 novel
by Emily Giffin
StarringGinnifer Goodwin
Kate Hudson
John Krasinski
Colin Egglesfield
Steve Howey
Ashley Williams
Music byAlex Wurman
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Edited byJohn Axelrad
Distributed byWarner Bros. (North America)
Summit Entertainment (international)
Release date
  • April 2011 (2011-04) (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
  • (United States) ((United States))
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million[1]
Box office$60.1 million[2]

Something Borrowed is a 2011 American romantic comedy film based on Emily Giffin's 2005 book of the same name, directed by Luke Greenfield, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski and was distributed by Warner Bros.


Rachel is an unmarried attorney in New York City. After too many drinks on her 30th birthday, Rachel wakes up in bed with Dex, who is engaged to her best friend, Darcy. Rachel and Dex discuss how they have had crushes on each other since law school. Rachel initially believes the encounter is a one night stand, but it eventually develops into an ongoing affair with her continuously lying to Darcy and others in order to sleep with Dex and be there for him. Rachel lies to Darcy that she is having sex with two other men, but confides in their mutual friend Ethan and acquaintance Marcus. Ethan, who has been friends with Rachel and acquaintance to Darcy reluctantly agrees to play along with Rachel's lies.

Dex's mother suffers from depression and it seems that Dex and Darcy's upcoming wedding is the only thing keeping her happy. Months after they started having sex behind Darcy's back, they skip out on Darcy's 4 July weekend in the Hamptons to stay in the city. The two run into his parents, and Dex's father later tells Dex to end it as soon as possible, saying that what he wants should not be considered a priority when it conflicts with what is right, and that they’re not that kind of people, meaning he stuck by Dex’s mom with her troubles so Dex should not abandon Darcy and humiliate her so close to the wedding.

As the wedding nears, Dex and Rachel are speaking less and less. At the beach, their secret is almost revealed by Ethan, who is frustrated with Rachel for lying to people she cares about. That night at the bar, Rachel finally tells Dex that she wants him to call off the wedding so they can be together, but he tells her that he can't.

After Ethan moves to London for a job, Rachel goes to visit him. He reveals that he loves her but accepts that Rachel does not reciprocate his feelings. Rachel returns to New York to find Dex sitting on her doorstep. He reveals that he called off the wedding.

Rachel is ecstatic until Darcy arrives to talk. Dex quickly hides and overhears as Darcy reveals that she has been cheating with Marcus during the time that Dex was cheating with Rachel. Darcy is pregnant with Marcus' child and she says that they are very happy. Darcy notices Dex's jacket and begins to search the apartment for him. When Dex reveals himself, Darcy finally understands that her best friend is the other woman.

Two months later, Rachel and Darcy run into each other on the street. Darcy feigns excitement about her pregnancy and shares that this is the happiest she has ever been. When Darcy notices that Rachel has picked up one of Dex's shirts from the dry cleaner, she realizes they are still together. Rachel walks around the corner to Dex sitting on a bench.

During a mid-credits scene, Darcy shows up to surprise Ethan in London; Ethan tries to ignore her and briskly walks away. The screen turns black with text indicating that the story is to be continued.



Critical response[edit]

Something Borrowed received negative reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 15% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 116 reviews, with an average score of 3.93/10. The critical consensus is: "In spite of solid performances from Kate Hudson and John Krasinski, Something Borrowed is an unpleasant misfire that lives down to its title."[3] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100, calculated a rating score of 36, meaning generally unfavorable reviews.[4]

Box office[edit]

Something Borrowed grossed $39 million in the United States and Canada and $21.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $60.1 million, against a budget of $35 million.[5]


In 2014, Emily Giffin confirmed that she has written the script for a sequel, Something Blue, based on her own 2005 novel of the same name.[6] In February 2016, Giffin continued to suggest that she was working on the film sequel, though no other parties had issued any statements supporting this.[7] As of May 2019, over eight years after the release of Something Borrowed, there is still no official news from any production companies, despite a May 2017 Facebook post from Giffin.[8]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Amy (May 5, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Thor' to hammer competition at the box office". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Something Borrowed (2011) - Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Something Borrowed (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  4. ^ "Something Borrowed". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  5. ^ "Something Borrowed". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  6. ^ Maresca, Rachel (2014-05-24). "Emily Giffin opens up about new book 'The One & Only'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  7. ^ Hardesty, Edward (2016-02-16). "'Something Borrowed' sequel spoilers: 'Something Blue' teased by author Emily Giffin". Christian Today. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  8. ^ Eaton, Tisha (2017-11-18). "Everything We Know About 'Something Borrowed 2'". Retrieved 2018-09-26.

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