Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield PG-13 |
"Sometimes good people do bad things," says Ethan (John Krasinski), summing up how perpetual doormat Rachel (Goodwin) could betray her vapid, selfish best friend Darcy (Hudson) with Darcy's fiance, Dex (Egglesfield). That's right: The good girl is cheating with the bad girl's guy. If that sounds complicated, it's because Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin's bestseller, aims for something deeper than the generic rom-com. We root for the cosmically meant-to-be Dex and Rachel while hating their deception. It's not all heavy, though. Goodwin and Egglesfield have real chemistry, while Hudson, Krasinski and Steve Howey (as Dex's waggish buddy Marcus) are hilarious. Besides, it's nice to see a film put as much emphasis on a female friendship as it does on their love lives.
Jumping the Broom
Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett | PG-13 |
As an African-American newlywed, I'm relieved to see a wedding movie with people of color that (mostly) gets it right. Drama threatens Jason (Alonso) and Sabrina's (Patton) nuptials at her pad on Martha's Vineyard: Her wealthy parents (Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell) are bickering, his postal worker mom (Loretta Devine) hates rich people, and the wedding planner (the fantastically funny Julie Bowen) is a mess. To top it off, Jason and Sabrina haven't made it past third base, thanks to Sabrina's pact with God. The religious talk is a bit heavy (Bishop T.D. Jakes is a producer), but never gets in the way of a good joke. And Jumping has plenty, even as it tackles class issues bubbling up like champagne.
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin PG-13 |
Forget his real life. In this movie, Gibson has a puppet that's funny, cocky and talks like Michael Caine-and that's plenty to chew on. Suicidally depressed, Walter (Gibson) uses his "therapy puppet" to interact with the world. But why does the world put up with it? Walter's wife (Foster, who also directed) never even calls his doctor. (How director Foster made actress Foster do a love scene with Gibson and the beaver, I'll never know.) That said, the film is boldly original. Gibson delivers in a tricky, tragicomic role, and Yelchin shines as Walter's miserable son.