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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 distributed by Warner Bros.


Darcy throws her friend Rachel a surprise 30th birthday. She is a young, serious-minded single attorney in New York City, whereas Darcy is free-spirited, Rachel s polar opposite. Darcy is engaged to Dex, and Rachel s close friend Ethan is her confidante.

Darcy gets drunk at the party, so Dex takes her home, but returns for her Chanel purse. Rachel offers to help look for it, and he gets her a drink for her birthday. Afterwards, a drunk Rachel mentions the crush she had on him in law school. Sharing a cab, she apologizes, he kisses her and they wake up in bed together to Darcy s frantic message that Dex never came home.

Flashbacks show Rachel and Dex in law school, growing closer and culminating in a pivotal evening. Over drinks, they are sharing personal stories, but Darcy showing up breaks the romantic mood. When she teases Rachel about Dex, she says he is just a friend. He s disappointed, but she doesn t notice. Darcy relentlessly flirts with Dex, so Rachel leaves.

Meanwhile, in present day, things between Rachel and Dex remain awkward as the wedding plans proceed and Darcy hosts frequent gatherings in the Hamptons. Rachel says she is having sex with other men (first Marcus, then Ethan). Darcy tells Rachel she cheated on Dex once with someone from work.

Ethan is frustrated at Rachel for never standing up for herself against Darcy. Friends with Rachel and sometimes foe to Darcy, he reluctantly agrees to tolerate Rachel s lies. He soon tires of the charade, trying to tell the group about Dex and Rachel, but she hits him with a racket, angering him for not confessing.

Dex s mother s depression is being kept in check by her happiness with the upcoming wedding. Months after first being secretly intimate, Dex tries to talk to Rachel about what s between them; they skip Darcy s July 4 weekend in the Hamptons to stay in the city.

Running into his parents, Dex s father tells him to end it, as his wants are less important than the overall right. He stuck by Dex’s mom with her troubles so Dex should not abandon Darcy so close to the wedding.

As the wedding nears, Dex and Rachel speak less and less. At the beach, Ethan almost exposes their secret, who is frustrated with Rachel for lying to people she cares about. That night at the Hamptons bar, Rachel finally asks Dex to call off the wedding so they can be together, but he says he can t.

Ethan moves to London for work, so Rachel goes to visit him a week before the wedding. He confesses he loves her, but accepts it is not mutual. Deciding to go to the New York wedding, she acknowledges she has to support Darcy. She finds Dex on her doorstep on her return to New York City, as he called it off.

Rachel is ecstatic until Darcy arrives to talk. Dex quickly hides, overhearing her confessing that she has been cheating with Marcus (while Dex was cheating with Rachel). She is now pregnant with Marcus child, and says they are very happy. On her way out she sees Dex s jacket and searches the apartment for him. When he reveals himself, she finally realises her best friend is the other woman. Dex and Darcy argue, and she yells at Rachel through tears that she hates her and never wants to speak to her again, storming out.

Two months later, Rachel and Darcy run into each other. Darcy acts excited about her pregnancy, saying this is the happiest she has ever been. When Darcy notices Rachel has picked up one of Dex s shirts from the dry cleaner, she sees they are still together.

As they begin to walk away, Darcy turns and genuinely says that she truly is happy. Rachel smiles widely and says she s glad. Dex then calls, who is waiting on a bench around the corner for her. Joining him with a broad smile, he takes her hand as they walk together down the street.

In a mid-credits scene, Darcy surprises Ethan in London; he tries to ignore her, briskly sneaking away. The screen turns black with text indicating that the story is to be continued.


  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel
  • Kate Hudson as Darcy Peyton List as young Darcy
  • Peyton List as young Darcy
  • Colin Egglesfield as Dex
  • John Krasinski as Ethan
  • Steve Howey as Marcus
  • Ashley Williams as Claire
  • Geoff Pierson as Dexter Thaler Sr.
  • Jill Eikenberry as Bridget Thaler


Critical response

Something Borrowed received negative reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 15% of 117 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.00/10. The site s critical consensus reads: In spite of solid performances from Kate Hudson and John Krasinski, Something Borrowed is an unpleasant misfire that lives down to its title. Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B on an A+ to F scale.

Box office

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.

Possible sequel

In 2014, Emily Giffin confirmed that she had written the script for a sequel, Something Blue, based on her own 2005 novel of the same name. 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.

As of November 2017 there was still no official news from any production companies, despite a May 2017 Facebook post from Giffin.

Year 2011
ReleaseDate 2011-05-06
RuntimeMins 112
RuntimeStr 1h 52min
Plot Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy’s fiancé.
Awards Awards, 5 nominations
Directors Luke Greenfield
Writers Jennie Snyder Urman, Emily Giffin
Stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield
Produced by Yolanda T. Cochran, Noam Dromi, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Aaron Lubin, Pamela Schein Murphy, Ellen H. Schwartz, Molly Smith, Hilary Swank, Steven P. Wegner
Music by Alex Wurman
Cinematography by Charles Minsky
Film Editing by John Axelrad
Casting By Sari Knight, Mandy Sherman
Production Design by Jane Musky
Set Decoration by Leslie E. Rollins
Costume Design by Gary Jones
Makeup Department Kathryn Blondell, Sian Grigg, Don Kozma, Bernadette Mazur, Suzy Mazzarese-Allison, Sacha Quarles, Dina Sliwiak, Oney Syers II, Victoria Wood
Production Management Brad Arensman, David Bausch, Ellen H. Schwartz
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Keith Adams, Alan B. Curtiss, Claudio Jacobellis, Eddie Micallef, Brian Papworth, Travis Rehwaldt, John Silvestri, Woodrow Travers, Glen Trotiner
Art Department Roland Brooks, Garf Brown, Philip Canfield, Mason Chesler, Katie Clinebelle, Richard Bryan Douglas, Scott Gertsen, Jorge Luis Gonzalez, Robert Griffon Jr., Kenneth Hammer, Ryan Heck, Thomas Hocking, Derrick Kardos, Hila Katz, Joseph K. Kepple IV, Laurel Kolsby, Mark Lane-Davies, Joanna Leavens, James McBratney, Ryan McGrath, Jessica Panuccio, Giovanni Rodriguez, Mick Rossman, John S. Schlicter, Lisa Scoppa, Erik Knight, Randy L. Parisian
Sound Department Timothy R. Boyce Jr., Curt Cash, Mark DeSimone, Donald Flick, Avram D. Gold, Eric Gotthelf, Tim LeBlanc, Tod A. Maitland, Monette Melvin, Alyson Dee Moore, Matthias Neumann, Jason Oliver, Rick Owens, Egor Panchenko, Trevor Sperry, Jason Stasium, Gregory H. Watkins, Jerry Yuen
Special Effects by J.C. Brotherhood
Visual Effects by Mathieu Aerni, Ron Barr, Jamie Baxter, Mark Dornfeld, Eric Evans, Adam Gass, John Grower, R.J. Harbour, Chris Holmes, Jason Howey, Pia Odell-Foster, Kammie Rivera, Stephen Wilson, Jose A. Alfonzo
Stunts Scott Burik, Mike Burke, John Cenatiempo, William Cote, Samantha MacIvor, Victor Paguia
Camera and Electrical Department Kelly Britt, Andrew Cavagnet, Peter Colavito, Mark Cyr, Julian de la Pena, Gene Engels, Robert Falcone, Rachael Gentner, Kevin Gilligan, Joel Holland, Meg Kettell, Denny Kortze, Steve Koster, David Lee, Hamilton Longyear, Bruce MacCallum, Christian May, Ed Nessen, George Patsos, Tom Percarpio, William Rexer, Lance Rieck, Louis Sabat, Chris Silano, Francis Spieldenner, Donny Stegall, Kyle Stephens, John C. Walker, Ernest Yurich, Mike Yurich, Thomas Calandrillo
Casting Department Richard Burridge, Caitlin McKenna, Susanne Scheel, Grant Wilfley
Costume and Wardrobe Department Annie Kuty, Katie McClain, Tim McKelvey, Thomas Stokes, Mitchell Travers
Editorial Department Victoria Anderson, Julian Andraus, Susan Bliss, Tom Cross, Steven Cuellar, Kayla Emter, Jimmy Mann, Adam Ohl, Faust Pierfederici, Darrin Roberts, Richie Roefaro, Ruben Sebban, Lee Wimer, Jan Yarbrough
Location Management Keith Adams, Geoffrey Booth, Dana Corl, Michael DeRoker, Dena Ghieth, Bryan Iler, Stuart Nicolai, Jason Planitzer, Thomas R. Polleri, David Velasco
Music Department Christine Bergren, Jeffrey Biggers, Leah Curtis, Rebekah Johnson, Bronwen Jones, Dave Jordan, Stephen Perone, H. Scott Salinas, Ellen Segal, Lauren Shotwell, Curt Sobel, Jojo Villanueva, Joshua Winget, Alex Wurman, Andrew Silver
Script and Continuity Department Anthony Pettine
Transportation Department Gabe Turiello
Additional Crew Liz Adams, Muhitt Agarwaal, Angela Anvil, Buffy Barton, Nicole Barton, Breta Bas, Gavin J. Behrman, Theo Brooks, Micaela Brown, John Carrafa, Marlo Carroll, Beatrice Chisholm, Chad Clark, Wendy Cohen, Katherine Contess, Lyman Creason, Simon Dasher, Sam Day, Michael Dougherty, Ethan Duffy, Allison Ewart, Joshua A. Friedman, Erika Goldfarb, Nick Grimm, Jennifer Hackney, Michael J. Harker, Jeannette Hill, Marina Hirschfeld, Jodi Innerfield, Lieve Jansen, Geoffrey Jean-Baptiste, Laura Kautza, Warwick King, Julie Kuehndorf, Andrew Lee, Sara Lohman, Warner Loughlin, Brendan C. Lynch, Kristyn Macready, John Malakoff, Timothy Martin, Claiborne Michael McDonald, Emma McGill, David Midgen, Sonia Miranda, Elizabeth Neveu, Kory O Donnell, Timothy D. Orr, Brian Papworth, Ivan Paric, Noel Davis Poyner, Matthew Roper, Matthew Rutler, Josh Samataro, Rick Schirmer, Jon Schumacher, Chris Specht, Paris Themmen, Tessa Treanor, Jaren Vine, Greg Wason, Jacob Wasserman, Rebecca White, Valerie Joy Wilson
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Companies Alcon Entertainment, 2S Films, Wild Ocean Films
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.8
ImDbRatingVotes 62857
MetacriticRating 36
Keywords parents son relationship,romantic triangle,reference to a chipmunk,writing wedding vows,fiance fiancee relationship