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Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

Beeban Kidron (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The reasoning behind this sequel is obvious after the huge success of 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary, and the makers aren't taking any risks by deviating from the winning formula. Viewers might even suspect the projectionist of screening the first film by mistake, for the sequel again opens with gormless but lovable Bridget (Renée Zellweger) arriving for a Christmas family reunion. Except now she is no longer single, having hooked dishy but taciturn lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). It's not long, however, before they're squabbling over such personal foibles as Mark's habit of folding his boxer shorts before going to bed, so Bridget heads off to Thailand to compile a travel programme with handsome cad Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). The characterisations are once more excellent, so it's unfortunate that the scriptwriters (including Richard Curtis and the book's author, Helen Fielding) felt it necessary to revisit jokes from the original, and even expect laughs every time a character falls over or gets wet. Bridget Jones - as a character and first film - maintained a fine balance between the amusing and the tiresome. The sequel tilts this balance too far at times but, if you can ignore the many similarities, you may still laugh your socks off.


The disaster-prone journalist seems to have finally found the perfect boyfriend. However, when the couple start to squabble over their personal habits, she decides to decamp for a while to Thailand and write a travelogue. Unfortunately, she has reckoned without the reappearance of a duplicitous old flame - and a spell behind bars in a Thai prison. Romantic comedy sequel, with Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones.

Cast & Crew

Bridget Jones Renee Zellweger
Mark Darcy Colin Firth
Daniel Cleaver Hugh Grant
Dad Jim Broadbent
Mum Gemma Jones
Una Alconbury Celia Imrie
Uncle Geoffrey James Faulkner
Admiral Darcy Donald Douglas
Mrs Darcy Shirley Dixon
Director Beeban Kidron
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Nov 2004

Comedy Drama

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