Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Repeat of first film lacks charm. Not for kids.
  • R
  • 2004
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A lot of very irresponsible behavior handled in a light-hearted fashion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

There is a fight between Mark and Daniel that is mostly for laughs.

Sex

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.

Language

Strong language use includes "f--k," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "hell," "crap," "damn," and British slang terms like "bugger" and "shag.

Consumerism
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.

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byprofessionalmov... November 11, 2015

Unoriginal sequel to the first. Not as much charm.

Although this movie brings back HUGH GRANT who makes this movie a lot better, this movie is another sloppy unoriginal sequel to the first. Same characters but n... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysamr45 October 3, 2013

Good sequel!

Very funny film but a lot of strong language and adult situations. A character is seen to have erroneously taken magic mushrooms acts in a comic and stupid fash... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 16, 2013

GOOD

it's a good movie

What's the story?

In the first movie, Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) learned that she could be loved just as she was, but in BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, she has to figure out whether she can love herself. As the sequel begins, she has had six blissful weeks with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), the man of her dreams. But happily ever after does not work for movies, so something has to go wrong. Bridget's insecurities lead her to break up with Mark just as all-but-irresistible bad boy Daniel (Hugh Grant) lands a job on her television news program. When they are assigned to work together on a travel piece about Thailand, Daniel expresses an interest in Bridget and her giant panties. Bridget will have to choose between two men and two notions of herself. And along the way she will do all the Bridget things we love to see, mostly meaning making a fool of herself by squeezing into a too-tight dress, speaking out at the wrong time, or managing to give the camera a close-up of her rear end.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it was hard for Bridget to trust Mark's feelings for her in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Is a "fairy tale ending" a reasonable expectation for a relationship? What challenges do people in new relationships face?

  • How do drugs play into the story? Are the amounts that Bridget and others drink and smoke healthy? How did Bridget's exposure to drugs without her knowledge get her in trouble? What would you do if you were in her situation?

  • What sort of factors do you think affect Bridget's body image and self-esteem?

Movie details

For kids who love romantic comedies

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