Having seen trailers of both the Bridget Jones films in theaters (and being grateful at not having spent the theater price for this duo), renting the DVD was for one reason only: could these films be as bad as they appeared in trailer or was there really a reason they were successful?
When a cast of the order including Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger, and Jacinda Barrett, there must be a reason for this group to consent to participate in this mindless mess. Money, I suppose, because there doesn't appear to be another reason. The script is poor at best, the 'fat actress' concept and poor accent that besiege Renee Zellweger's attempt to create a credible comic character is ludicrous, and the obvious big budget/multi-location squandering of production costs is shameful. Sad that there is an audience for this type of film. Maybe others can be entertained by this escapist route, but the smarmy digs at characters embedded in lesbian or Thai prisoner roles etc are in poor taste and definitely not funny.
Let's hope there are no plans for the further lack-of-adventures of this fatuous Bridget Jones idea. Grady Harp, March 05
They should have quit while still ahead Why kill the golden goose? Though Bridget's aged a coupla weeks She's gotten more obtuse Not satisfied she's got her man She tells herself he's cheating She's paranoid and insecure It's all so self defeating They tossed away the storyline Put slapstick in instead From phony fights by leading men To cheeks … more
Pros: Hugh Grant makes me swoon; BJ is funny and charming at times Cons: plot, soundtrack, characters, screenplay, message The Bottom Line: Making the same mistakes again... Sadly, they're not as funny this time. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. A lot of women are fond of Bridget Jones, a character created by British novelist Helen Fielding, because they feel that they "identify with … more
Pros: Rene and a good supporting cast. Cons: Not as charming as the first and starts to wear thin after a while. The Bottom Line: While not great, if you liked the first you may enjoy this effort. When viewers last saw Bridget Jones, (Rene Zellweger), she was in the arms of her lover, Mark (Firth), happy at last as it looks like she was finally going to be lucky in love and keep her Prince Charming. … more
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Although it's been three years since we last saw Bridget (Renée Zellweger), only a few weeks have passed in her world. She is, as you'll remember, no longer a "singleton," having snagged stuffy but gallant Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at the end of the 2001 film. Now she's fallen deeply in love and out of her neurotic mind with paranoia: Is Mark cheating on her with that slim, bright young thing from the law office? Will the reappearance of dashing cad Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) further spell the end of her self-confidence when they're shoved off to Thailand together for a TV travel story? If such questions also seem pressing to you, this sequel will be fairly painless, but you shouldn't expect anything fresh. Director Beeban Kidron and her screenwriters--all four of them!--are content to sink matters into slapstick, with chunky Zellweger (who's unflatteringly photographed) the literal butt of all jokes. Though the star still has her charms, and some of Bridget's social gaffes are amusing, the film is mired in low comedy--a sequence in a Thai women's prison is more offensive than outrageous--with only Grant's rakish mischief to pull it out of the swamp.--Steve Wiecking