| A slightly unusual romantic triangle is at the heart of this definitive chick flick directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door”) from a screenplay penned by Jennie Snyder based on the popular novel by Emily Griffin.
Brunette Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin from HBO’s “Big Love” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”) and blonde Darcy (Kate Hudson from “Bride Wars” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”) have been best friends and soul mates since childhood. Rachel is smart, serious and able to mask her emotions. Darcy is a dumb, loud and outgoing party girl who usually gets everything she wants.
The movie opens with a surprise 30th birthday party for Rachel. Darcy, who planned the shindig, steals the spotlight with a celebratory toast. She remarks how Rachel has always been there for her as the sister she never had and the mother she sometimes needs.
Others at the party include Dex (Colin Egglesfield from “Melrose Place” and “All My Children”), Darcy’s fiancé and Rachel’s former law school classmate; Ethan (John Krasinski from “The Office” and “It’s Complicated”), Rachel’s confidante with a secret crush on her; Marcus (Steve Howey), a skirt-chasing charmer; and Claire (Ashley Williams), a love-struck gal in hot pursuit of Ethan.
Darcy gets drunk, so she and Dex leave the party early. Dex returns in a cab because Darcy left behind her expensive Chanel handbag. Rachel finds the missing purse after banging her head under a table. Dex and the birthday girl go to a bar for one more drink. After some passionate kisses in the back seat of a taxi, they end up in bed together at Rachel’s apartment.
With Darcy and Dex’s wedding only 61 days away, the rest of the movie is devoted to whether Rachel or Dex will tell Darcy that they slept together. Several weekends of fun, sun and partying are spent at the Hamptons with Rachel, Darcy, Dex, Ethan, Marcus and Claire under one roof.
The movie revolves around the failure to communicate and the inability to read non-verbal cues. Frequent flashbacks take us back six years when Rachel and Dex first sat together in a law school torts class. Rachel develops a secret crush on Dex, who has a great smile and makes her laugh. Dex harbors similar feelings, but is never able to express them. Rachel introduces Darcy to Dex. Darcy ends up stealing Dex’s affection, and the rest is history bringing us back to the present.
This lightweight soap opera is laced with unbelievable twists and turns. Everyone seems to be in love with or have a crush on the wrong person. It turns into a fun ride to see how things will eventually be sorted out.
Hudson and Goodwin have great chemistry together. Their best friends forever relationship is believable. This movie is the ticket that Goodwin can ride to Hollywood stardom.
Egglesfield is a beefcake hunk that women will salivate over. Krasinski does the best acting job and steals every scene he appears in. His character is the most realistic and has a handle on what is really going on.
The cinematography, scenic New York locations and a romantic soundtrack are added bonuses. Men need not apply as this romantic comedy is strictly fodder for a girls’ night out. Be sure to stay through the credits for a final scene that sets the stage for a possible sequel.
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"