The plot: “Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy’s fiancé.” – IMDB
My thoughts: A very, very, very (I can’t stress the word “very” enough) typical chick flick about love, best friends, and women finally learning that they’re allowed to be aggressive.
I hate that these movies always have a protagonist who just can’t seem to put her foot down and get her way. Why can’t we see a powerful, strong woman that men can’t keep up with or that are intimated by her success? No, instead we get girls who get walked all over because they’re afraid of how they’ll be perceived. While I appreciate that this movie looks at (though, not that seriously) the ethics of a sticky situation like being in love with your best friend’s fiancé.
What irritated about the movie is that it doesn’t take a stance on whether cheating is or isn’t okay and if it is okay, when it is. For the duration of the film, we (along with Goodwin’s character, Rachel) are going back and forth about what she should do. Should she go after what she has always wanted or should she “do the right thing” and let the wedding happen. And for a while the audience (or at least I) leaned toward saying she should let the guy make his choice but not get involved, but toward the end of the movie, it’s revealed that the best friend has been cheating and is pregnant, which suddenly validates Rachel’s affair – like they cancel each other out.
John Krasinski’s character was adorable – pretty much just Jim Halpert in a romantic comedy setting. His character, Ethan, knows all about Rachel and Dex’s affair. For about three-quarter’s of the film, he’s the platonic best friend and it was refreshing. It was refreshing to see a male and female just be friends, which When Harry Met Sally insists isn’t possible. And of course, at the end, Ethan is confessing his love for Rachel. Because how can men and women just be friends? It’s not like it’s an every day occurring event.
A plus to the film? It ended a little ambiguously. Rather than fast forwarding four years and seeing everyone back to being perfectly happy and best friends, we see the two best friends two months later, seemingly having not spoken since all the truths came out. They have an awkward exchange and we find that both are happy and there is hope that one day, their relationship might get back to a good place.
I’m a sucker for chick flicks and while I did giggle a few times, as a whole, the film was a let down.