|Original title:||Something Borrowed|
|Production country:||USA 2011|
|Running time:||Ca. 113 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The promising career of Kate Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, began with films like the wonderful "Almost Famous". But in recent years Hudson's talent has been wasted time and again on ever more shallow romantic comedies, which has reached a sad low point with "Fremd Fischen".
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been her best friends since childhood. While Rachel's shy, party girl Darcy doesn't burn anything. During her studies Rachel meets the attractive Dex (Colin Egglesfield) and falls in love with him. But instead of taking the initiative, Rachel lets Darcy grab Dex. Now they are engaged and the wedding is imminent. Too bad Rachel just can't suppress her feelings. After the party for her 30th birthday, what Rachel always wanted to prevent happens: she ends up drunk and in bed with Dex - and thus starts a chaos of emotions that could not only destroy her long-standing friendship with Darcy...
The fact that the adaptation of Emily Giffin's novel "Fremd Fischen" was so disappointing is not necessarily due to the story. It may be surprisingly poor and follows all imaginable clichés of typical American romantic comedy, but the genre fan doesn't mind that much. Also, the fact that the production of "The Girl next Door" director Luke Greenfield is a bit viscous and flat is not the actual reason for the failure of the bestseller filming. This is to be looked for rather with the actors.
Ginnifer Goodwin would be a good choice for the female lead. She's cute and not unsympathetic, although she doesn't do much more than play a slight variation of the character she embodied in "He just doesn't like you". But since Colin Egglesfield, a completely colorless Tom Cruise clone, was put aside for her, who lacks any form of romantic charisma, Goodwin also remains disappointingly pale. After only a few minutes the viewer doesn't care at all whether the two get each other at the end or not. Worse still: since Rachel's best friend Ethan, played by John Krasinski ("Away we go"), the only real ray of hope in the movie, is much more likeable than Dex and the chemistry between Goodwin and Krasinski also seems to be right, one actually hopes that in the end these two will become a couple - which, it's fair to say, isn't the case, of course. For a romantic comedy, that just can't be good.
Kate Hudson has the most ungrateful role of film. Darcy is loud, narcissistic and almost unsympathetic in every way. The fact that Hudson plays this damn convincingly can of course be regarded as great acting. But she does not leave a really positive impression even then. Even side characters like Claire (Ashley Williams, known from the first season of "How I met your mother"), who hopelessly falls in love with Ethan, are given away by the loveless and completely exaggerated characterization in the script. Instead of hearty laughter, rather painful foreign shame predominates in their performances, which distracts a little from the all-dominant irrelevance, but at the same time also makes clear what potential has been trampled underfoot here.
A few well done moments and the two really likeable characters of the story are just not enough to make a good movie out of "Fremd Fischen". Those who like romantic US comedies will certainly be tempted to take a look here. But even the most hardened romantics will probably have only moderate fun. If that's enough for you, you can go "foreign fishing". All others should catch a better movie!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp