Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is the perfectly organized shy practical type. So much so that she does not realize that Dex (Colin Egglesfield), her hot law school study partner, actually shares the same feelings she does. Instead Rachel just assumes that Dex would never fall for her, so when he invites her out to dinner she thinks that they are going just as friends. Just as things start to get a little more flirtatious between the two of them, that’s when Rachel’s best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), shows up.
Darcy is more carefree, an attention-seeker, and always seems to get exactly what she wants. On that particular night, Darcy’s eyes are set on Dex. And in her own way, Darcy sort of asks Rachel if it is ok for her to pursue Dex, but Rachel does not object even though it is pretty clear that she has feelings for Dex. That brings us to present day where Dex and Darcy are engaged and their wedding day is just around the corner.
Even with her wedding coming up, Darcy still finds the time to throw a huge birthday bash for Rachel’s 30th birthday. Naturally, the party somehow seems to be more for Darcy’s sake than for Rachel’s, but the sentiment is definitely still there. Needless to say, Darcy sort of overdoes it with the cocktails and Dex ends up taking her home early. Dex actually has to come back to the party because Darcy leaves her very expensive designer purse at the bar. Everyone is gone at this point, except Rachel is still there and she offers to help Dex find Darcy’s purse. Eventually they find Darcy’s purse, but Dex can tell that Rachel is a little down in the dumps on her birthday and so he forces her to stay out a little longer and have a drink with him. Rachel and Dex have a few drinks and start reminiscing about law school when Rachel blurts out that she had a crush on him back then. Dex admits his feelings too and things seem a little awkward for a hot second. That is until they start making out in the back of a cab and then wake up together the next morning with the phone ringing off the hook (it’s Darcy)! Now what!?
This movie is difficult to rate. It really has its ups and downs. One minute you are laughing and enjoying it and then the next minute you are questioning the direction of the storyline. The only other criticism I have is that it appears as though they were not sure how to end the movie, so they just wrapped it up really quickly. It has this great build up and then it just kind of ends. So, giving it 3 stars seems too low and 3.5 stars almost seems too high, but I decided to be generous because all the actors gave great performances (special kudos to Ashley Williams, John Krasinski,Â Steve Howey). Another good thing about this film is that it does not have your stereotypical chick flick ending. Well, it sort of does, but the formula is different enough. In fact, the movie might even be sending the wrong message. Ha! Â Even though I gave this film a decent rating, this one is probably best viewed at home. I can see it being one of those films that you might enjoy more after seeing it a few times on cable.