Parents' Guide to

Something Borrowed

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soap-operaish romcom is full of mature twists, betrayals.

Movie PG-13 2011 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Rachel has no morals

Rachel in the film something borrowed to me is a friend no one needs. Her traits on the surface are sweet & innocent however she has an underlining side of jealousy & envy. Darcy is ambitious & outgoing and maybe a bit self centered but I know she would never lower herself enough to do something as dirty as Rachel. The film tries to paint Darcy in a light that is unfavorable to the masses but in truth the bad friend is in fact Rachel, the one that would continually sleep with her supposed bests future husband. She had the chance to make him hers but she chose to remain friends with him. I have been in a similar situation, I am the ambitious & outgoing friend that’s just my personality. I’ve had a friend that would literally make me feel like I was a bad friend because I was social. She would constantly talk about how men were attracted to me and gravitated towards me all the time. I always felt as though we received the same amount of attention so I always encouraged her to be confident in herself but it never worked. My mom would tell me to distance myself from her because she seemed like an envious person. This movie just gives me the same feeling some people are just born haters or envious, nothing will change them. Ladies & Men, stray away from anyone who constantly compares themselves to you in a negative way. This is not a friend.
age 18+

The F word is spoken

How can PG13 have an F word in it? Even if it is only once.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (13 ):

This is forgettable fluff best left to the DVD queue. In his third feature film, director Luke Greenfield takes on the adaptation of Emily Giffin's best-selling chick-lit novel Something Borrowed, and while it will undoubtedly attract fans of both the book and romcom movies, it has little to offer viewers short of a few laughs and incredibly unlikeable characters. Hudson once again plays someone who's beautiful but awfully conceited, while Goodwin is typecast as the cute-but-insecure one. And as the story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that even Rachel isn't exactly a heroine to root for, because she's allowed her best friend to manipulate her and take her for granted for more than 20 years. What kind of best friend dates the object of her BFF's affection when she should obviously know better? And what kind of woman sleeps with her best friend's fiance, even if she is drunk and lonely?

Romantic comedies can be wonderfully enduring (When Harry Met Sally, Groundhog Day, and the classic The Philadelphia Story come to mind) but more often than not they're nothing more than an occasionally amusing excuse for a girls' night out. Perhaps in more than 300 pages, Giffin explores deeper themes about friendship and love, but in a 100-minute movie, the story is reduced to stereotypical characters (even the always-lovable Krasinski is stuck with either churlish one-liners or sugary-sweet declarations), and a dangerous message about what's acceptable and right in the name of love. Given all of its soap-opera plot twists, SOMETHING BORROWED isn't even all that lighthearted.

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