Darcy (Kate Hudson) and Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) have been best friends forever. Darcy was always the outgoing, get what she wants type. Rachel was the more shy, demure, help Darcy get what she wants type.
While Rachel was in law school, she met Dex (Colin Egglesfield). They were inseparable. After hearing Rachel talk about Dex all the time, Darcy finally meets him. She dares Dex to ask out Rachel. When Rachel says they’re just friends, Darcy dares Dex to ask her out. He does. This changes the course of all of their relationships.
On Rachel’s 30th birthday, Darcy throws her a surprise party. After the party, Dex (now engaged to Darcy) goes back to get Darcy’s purse, which she had forgotten at the bar because she was trashed. Rachel tells Dex that she had always had a crush on him. Rachel and Dex wake up in bed the next morning. (You do the math.)
Rachel is torn between the love of her life and her lifelong BFF. Dex is torn between his love for Rachel and “doing the right thing” marrying Darcy. It’s all very complicated. Right?
Ethan (John Krasinski) is a good friend of Rachel. (In a humorous side story, a woman he slept with keeps trying to get him back.) He figures out what is going on with Rachel and Dex, and tries to get Rachel to confront Dex to make a choice. The climax of this tension comes in a furious secrets sharing badminton match. (This scene is hands down the funniest scene in the movie.)
Which side will Rachel choose? Will Dex make the same choice? What happens to poor Ethan? Does he end up alone in all of this?
This is a chick flick. Plain and simple. I found it entertaining. John Krasinski made the movie. Almost all of my laughter came from his scenes. There is the obligatory “I’ll make him jealous in a seductive dance-off” scene. It’s part of the formula for this genre. It was done pretty well.
Overall, I would say I probably didn’t enjoy it quite as much as my fellow movie-goers with higher estrogen levels. (Although, the older man sitting next to me was quite taken in with the entire movie.) But it wasn’t unenjoyable. It’s not one of those movies where I find myself wishing I could get those two hours back. (It helped that it was a promo screening, so I didn’t pay.) That said, guys, take your women to see it. You won’t be terribly disappointed. They’ll like it. You’ll earn brownie points.