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Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

Beeban Kidron (2004)

103min
15 Certificate
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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.

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Cast & Crew

Bridget Jones Renée Zellweger
Daniel Cleaver Hugh Grant
Mark Darcy Colin Firth
Bridget's dad Jim Broadbent
Bridget's mum Gemma Jones
Rebecca Jacinda Barrett
Shazzer Sally Phillips
Jude Shirley Henderson
Tom James Callis
Magda Jessica Stevenson
Richard Finch Neil Pearson
Quizmaster Ian McNeice
Commentator Wolf Kahler
Jed Paul Nicholls
Steward Patrick Baladi
Jeremy Paxman Jeremy Paxman
Taxi driver Neil Dudgeon
Director Beeban Kidron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Nov 2004
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