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Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (Widescreen

A movie directed by Beeban Kidron

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Bridget Jones 2: Always Dumb, Sometimes Fun

  • Jan 4, 2005
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Rating:
-3
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 her." They, too, worry about their weight, obsess over men, read self-help books religiously, and make clumsy mistakes. She gets herself into so much trouble that we feel suave in comparison.

In other words, Bridget Jones makes us feel better about ourselves in two ways; her gaffes are grander than ours, and her triumphs are bigger, as well. If the slightly pudgy Bridget can get Colin Firth and Hugh Grant to fight over her, there might be hope for us Average Janes, after all.

Bridget Jones in the first book/film is charmingly awkward. We feel sorry for her as she stumbles over introductions at a formal company gathering and struggles into enormous pants. In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Bridget's character flaws start wearing thin very early on. Her neuroticism and self-destructiveness are downright irritating. While she's supposed to be a modern, independent woman, she screws things up so badly that the result sets the women's movement back thirty years.

In an early scene, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) stares wistfully at her sleeping boyfriend of eight weeks Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). At this stage, a gal still has to keep her distance, which Bridget ought to know after reading a library's worth of relationship advice books, but she still insists on phoning Mark from work not even four hours later in a scene that is too ridiculous to even discuss. Then she starts fretting to her friends about when he'll propose marriage. I repeat: they've been together eight weeks! I wanted to slap her and do my best John Cusack in Say Anything: "YOU MUST CHILL!" Her friends fuel her insanity.

If Bridget were a bit more patient and could enjoy her time with Mark, who is far too tolerant than any man could ever be, none of the crises of their relationship would occur. Mark is far too perfect in the Bridget Jones sequel. Or, I guess I should say, he's the stereotypical perfect man whom every woman wants or thinks she should want. Personally, I found him dreadfully boring despite wanting to like him since he looked so good on paper. A human rights lawyer? I should be swooning, but Firth lacks a certain charisma. Humorless saints just aren't my type, I guess.

Instead, Bridget still has a soft spot in her heart for prototypical bad guy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), a cad who has broken her heart in the past. He's the kind of man you want to hate but find yourself inexplicably attracted to. In the first book/movie, his character was a bit more subtle, but, in the sequel, he's slimier than ever, so it's hard to believe that Bridget would still have feelings for him despite his undeniable hotness. Animals know not to go back to something that has hurt them in the past, so I'm not sure why people don't learn from their mistakes.

As spiderkid pointed out in his review, the soundtrack is appalling. I believe Tom used the word "overbearing," which is a great way to put it. The first word I thought of was "oppressive." Sometimes the music drowns out the dialogue and is utterly unnecessary. I guess director Beeban Kidron was trying to distract us from the lackluster acting and witless script. Kidron also throws in too much physical humor as filler. Bridget falls into a pigsty, falls off a roof, waddles around in a too tight dress, flails around while shrooming... It gets pretty tiresome. Sorry, Helen Fielding, I liked the book, even though it was way too long, but the adaptation is pretty horrible.

The incredibly loud songs seem to be an attempt to keep the film hip, but The Darkness and Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" were so last year.

If you've read the book, you'll probably be especially disappointed in this film as they cut out some of the funniest parts such as Bridget's mother's midlife crisis. In this one, they have her parents renewing their vows, which is snore-worthy and utterly pointless. In addition, they changed the Rebecca plot completely and made it totally implausible.

What we're left with is bland, unrealistic, romantic comedy drivel (oh, wait, that's redundant) with love triangles, miscommunications, and caricatured characters.

Zellweger does a better job with the English accent this time, but she and the two male stars look bored half the time. I had heard that Zellweger didn't even want to participate in the sequel. With nary a plot and very few decent lines, I can't say I blame her.


Recommended:
No

Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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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