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"Something Borrowed" had a lot of depth to it. I love that movie! Five Stars.
on September 26, 2014
I LOVE this movie, and have watched it at least 30 times. I never get tired of it. I love the music in it, too. This movie has a lot of depth to it. Something "borrowed" is what the BRIDE wears at her wedding, and is to be RETURNED. So, Darcy shamelessly snatched Dex away from shy Rachel, too insecure to speak up for herself. The TRUE LOVE in this movie is between Dex and Rachel, and was there all the time. It came out when Rachel revealed to Dex her secret crush on him in law school. Did you see the anger in Dex in the taxi when he realized what he had missed out on? Both their passion in the taxi was 6 years' worth of pent-up love and desire. I don't pass judgment on what they did together. I didn't find Darcy a sympathetic character at all. She was shallow and self-centered. She had an affair with Marcus and got pregnant, while still engaged to Dex. Why should Rachel want to give up the deep closeness she and Dex had in exchange for Ethan: "Gee, I like you. It's not love, but it kinda feels like love. I guess I miss you. You're like 'home' to me." They grew up together since childhood. They were close friends and that's all they'd ever be. That would not be a marriage of two souls. The love between Dex and Rachel has survived 6 years of separation. THAT'S what love is.
Dex was under the domineering thumb of his dad all his life, no wonder it was impossible for him to stand up to him. He wanted to be a teacher, but his dad said "No, you're going to be a lawyer." His mother suffered from chronic depression because her husband was so domineering and unloving (he skipped out on her when she needed him the most). And Darcy telling Dex's dad she'll have as many children as he wants her to have was disgusting! She's stealing Dex's manhood. Dex is not even being allowed to decide how many children HE wants to have.
Finally, Rachel gets the strength (thanks to Ethan) to stand up to Dex and tell him to cancel the wedding, and that gives Dex the backbone to do the same to his father. He doesn't want to marry Darcy, but his Dad tries to force him into it because [breaking up with Darcy] "that's not the kind of people we are." It's all about narcissistic image, he doesn't care about his son or love him or his poor mousy wife.
How appropriate that in the end, pregnant, unmarried and no future, Darcy is chasing Ethan down a street in London -- the man she thought so little of and called him a "s---head". She needed a husband, and she blew it. She gave up a 2 million dollar house for Marcus with no job, smoking pot, rescuing chipmunks, and riding a skateboard! That's all the future Darcy had. She got what she deserved.