A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A lot of very irresponsible behavior handled in a light-hearted fashion.
Positive Role Models
Most of Bridget's redeeming qualities from the first movie are missing in the sequel, and none of her friends or love interests is much better. She drinks, smokes, and uses strong language, and even gets arrested for accidentally smuggling drugs.
Violence & Scariness
There is a fight between Mark and Daniel that is mostly for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Although explicit sex and nudity are never shown, much of the plot revolves around Bridget having sex and talking about having sex, sometimes in very vulgar terms. There is passionate kissing, including on a bed. Characters are shown in their underwear, or wrapped in nothing but a towel or a sheet.
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Strong language use includes "f--k," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "hell," "crap," "damn," and British slang terms like "bugger" and "shag.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Quite a bit of drinking, smoking. A couple characters accidentally consume "magic mushrooms," and Daniel tells Bridget that she is charming on drugs and should try them again. character is a drug smuggler. Bridget accidentally smuggles cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason has explicit sexual references and situations including prostitution and a pregnancy scare, a great deal of drinking and smoking, hallucinogenic mushrooms, a character who is a drug dealer, and a lot of very irresponsible behavior handled in a light-hearted fashion with not much by way of consequences. There is some comic violence, characters naked in bed together, and strong language like "f--k," "c--k," "p---y," and "shag." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sequel is pretty much the same movie as the first, but both the heroine and her story have lost a good deal of their charm. What we loved about Bridget was the spirited way she took on the world. She may have been awkward, but she had so much heart that we, like Mark, loved her just the way she was. Not so much anymore, no matter how much we want to. She comes across as not just graceless but thoughtless and careless.
The incidents in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason are just repetitions of the first (discussions of large panties, ugly Christmas sweaters, completely inept Mark/Daniel fight scene) or outlandish variations that fall a little flat. In one case, Bridget is imprisoned in a Thai jail. There is simply no way to handle a scene like this in a romantic comedy, and the efforts to make Bridget's prison experience charming by having her loan out her Wonderbra and teach her cellmates Madonna songs are a little creepy. Still, Firth, Grant, and Zellweger are always fun to watch, the script has some funny moments, and it's always fun to see Bridget find a way to a happy ending.
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