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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Repeat of first film lacks charm. Not for kids.

Movie R 2004 108 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

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 not as funny.

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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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