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Something Borrowed Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Boom I Got Your Boyfriend: The Movie Read full review

1.0

Grae Drake Profile

Warning: May cause dizziness, vomiting, or Icee-throwing Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    36

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Soul-sucking romantic comedy.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces clichés and dodges all humor.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Doesn't so much borrow from other movies as settle into a comfort zone of raising provocative questions regarding love, commitment and marriage only to dismiss them with a brush of a hand as so much dandruff.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All of the characters are treated sincerely and played in a straightforward style. It's just that we don't love them enough.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy based on a popular novel has melodramatic twists that turn into a series of lies and betrayals that are portrayed as humorous. There's especially strong language for a romcom (one "f--k" and many uses of the words "s--t," "a--hole," and more) and a lot of scenes that take place while characters get sloshed at bars. Love scenes include kissing and loud sex noises, but nothing graphic is shown. Some of the movie's messages about love and friendship are pretty iffy, and the characters are sometimes unlikeable ... but in the end, as with all romcoms, everyone winds up with "the one."

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about friendship and love. Does the story justify/glamorize betrayal? Do the ends ever justify the means? What constitutes a healthy romantic relationship? A strong friendship?
  • Why do you think movies like these appeal more to girls and women than boys and men? Is it strange that girls are more likely to go to action movies than guys are to go to romantic comedies?
  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are there any realistic consequences for the characters' behavior?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Many of the messages in this movie are questionable: that it's not as bad to cheat if one party isn't married yet, that best friends should be willing to sacrifice everything at every moment for their friend, that it's OK to lie about being gay so someone will stop hitting on you, that love justifies betrayal. Even if everyone winds up happy at the end of the movie, their choices throughout make the messages slightly confusing.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: None of the main characters is a positive role model. Darcy is self-absorbed, anti-intellectual, and conceited. Dex, despite having admitted his true feelings, refuses to change his situation out of fear of disappointing his parents. And Rachel allows Darcy to call the shots in their friendship and doesn't assert her own feelings. Characters are deceitful and betray each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A character hits her friend in the nose with a badminton racket; a woman slaps an aggressively flirtatious man.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples make out and are then shown bare-shouldered in bed with a sheet covering them. In one scene, a couple makes love really loudly, and an entire house of people can hear them (viewers don't see anything). A woman comes on very aggressively to an uninterested guy who pretends to be gay to escape her advances (he touches another man's bottom and caresses him for her benefit). A womanizing man hits on many women and is sometimes slapped in the face. The girlfriends discuss whether a man is circumcised or not.

  • language false3

    Language: Heavier language than in some comparable romcoms, including one "f--k," several uses of "s--t," and "s--t head," plus "bitch," "ass," "ass face," "prick," "a--hole," "dick," "crap," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," "hell," "stupid," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Darcy sports two prominently shown Chanel purses, and BlackBerrys get a close-up. Other brands include Heineken, Diet Pepsi and Land Rover, and the New York City restaurant Shake Shack is shown several times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The characters spend a lot of time at bars drinking and getting drunk (shots, champagne, wine, cocktails, vodka, and more). In one scene a guy asks Rachel to share a joint, and she eventually agrees.

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