It seems like SOMETHING BORROWED was trying too hard to not be cliché in how they went about telling the story, since the story itself is already pretty cliché. What they came up with was a jumbled storyline where we meet the characters in their present time and then slowly go back and forth through the timeline to show us what we’ve missed. I feel like in this particular case, the story would’ve been more effective if they had just done everything chronologically, like maybe I would’ve had more empathy for the characters or something. I just did not care whatsoever about what happened to any of the characters in the story. I know that the screenplay writer had to keep Emily Giffin’s original story in mind, but sometimes for a book to movie adaptation to work properly, things need to be tweaked.
In the end, I think SOMETHING BORROWED was just trying to be too many things at once. They wanted it to be heartfelt, endearing, relatable, funny, crazy, romantic, conflicting and more. It just felt like they’re focusing too much on trying to make the movie all of these things and didn’t really focus on the content of the movie as a whole.
On Location Tours With Emily Giffin: The author of the book that the movie is based on, Emily Giffin, holds a contest via Facebook for several of her fans to go on an On Location tour with her. Giffin talks about her fans, why she’s currently wearing so much make-up and we also see Giffin appear on USA Today.
Marcus’ Guide to the Ladies: This was quite possibly the worst part of the special features for me. One of the characters from the movie, Marcus, does a clip still in character on how to get girls in bed, boasting that he’s slept with millions of women. It’s not very funny and easily could’ve been left off the features.
What is “Something Borrowed”? The cast and the crew take the time to talk about what the movie is to them. Some of the interview bits are actually taken from the Something Old feature and most of them just talk about what the title of the film literally means (as in from the wedding rhyme – Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and silver sixpence in her shoe).
Left Off The Guest List: Additional Scenes: This is a set of deleted scenes from the movie. There were only a couple and they couldn’t have gone on for more than five minutes total. None of them really brought anything exciting to the movie or took away from it.
Gag Reel: When I watch a gag reel, I really want to get some laughs out of the cast messing up their lines or I want to see how fun the actors and crew can be behind the scenes. This gag reel did virtually nothing for me, it was pretty meh and not very funny at all. Definitely could’ve been left off the special features.