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Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (Widescreen

A movie directed by Beeban Kidron

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This Jones, lacks the charms of the original yet has its moments.

  • Nov 17, 2004
Rating:
+1
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.

In the follow up to the smash “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, it is one month later, and Bridget is still utterly fascinated and smitten with Mark., yet begins to have serious doubts if she is worthy of him. Mark is a high profile lawyer, and mixes with the cream of international society, and has a leggy and young assistant Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett), whom Bridget is sure is waiting for her chance to make a move on Mark.

As if things were not enough for the neurotic Bridget, her journalism career has hit and snag when she is matched with her former flame and bad boy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), who wants to rekindle what they had and promises that he has changed his ways.

The very flappable Bridget is soon beside herself with uncertainty, and becomes very paranoid and suspicious of Marks every move and comment which leads to tension between the two.

Added to the crisis, Bridget is assigned to the Far East with Daniel for a story leaving her alone with her erratic emotions and the charming Daniel who is all to willing to pick things up where they left off.

If this review seems a little light, it is because the film does not offer much in the way of complexity or depth. The plot hammers Bridget’s insecurities over and over to the point of tedium. While they were charming in the first film, it is starting to wear thin this time around, and while there are some funny moments in the film, a lot of the humor seems forced and falls flat.
There is a prison subplot to the film that while taken from the book, does seem to disrupt the little amount of momentum that the film has been building up, and while vital to the story, it does not seem to fit.

Grant and Firth do a good job in their supporting roles, but they offer little new to their parts and come off as going through the motions rather than building upon established characters.

They key to the film is Zellweger as despite the films issues, her charm and energy make you want to care for Bridget even when her professional victim attitude starts to wear thin. While it lacks the charm and freshness of the original, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” may offer some laughs for fans of the original just as long as you check your expectations at the door and enjoy.

3 stars out of 5

Gareth Von Kallenbach


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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
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Director: Beeban Kidron
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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