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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (15)
Directed by: Beeban Kidron
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Colin Firth - apparently he's sexy
Colin Firth - apparently he's sexy

According to the movie-making formula, if a film does really well at the box-office, makes bucket loads of money and is popular with its target audience, then a sequel must be made. Especially when the first film was based on a book, and a sequel to that has been printed. And so we are blessed with a follow-up to Bridget Jones’s Diary and one could be forgiven for thinking that it really is an exercise in making money.

For those of you who remember the first film it will be easy to imagine the plot of the second: Bridget gets a bit to keen on her new boyfriend (Colin Firth) and begins to behave like a bunny-boiling stalker (with “hilarious” consequences) and then breaks up with him for no real reason. Cue close encounters with ex-boyfriend Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and more pangs of loneliness before the obligatory happy ending. Yes, it’s very much a case of more of the same for the Bridget Jones series.

On the plus side, the soundtrack to this film is excellent, probably even better than the first film’s, which showed strong sales in the album charts itself. Also, the key players are superb, as we’ve come to expect from Oscar winner Renée Zellweger and British veterans Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Unfortunately, that’s about it. The rest ranges from mediocre to tedious and unrealistic, and if it weren’t for the high profiles of the stars, the book and the film, this one would surely sink without a trace. Maybe I am a being a little unfair, but I think I can be as harsh as I like here safe in the knowledge that nothing I can say will prevent every single woman in the country from going to see the female role-model of our times in her latest celluloid outing. Indeed, I think half of them were at the same showing as me. Which just goes to show, perhaps those movie-making executives aren’t so stupid after all...

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Length: 108 minutes
Certificate: 15
Official Site: http://www.bridgetjonesthemovie.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317198/
Release Date: 12th November 2004

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