Bridget Jones's Baby

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Fun, if racy, sequel reminds us why we love Bridget.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 122 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

If you're true to yourself and stay grounded in who you are, then no problem, no matter how tricky, can overwhelm you. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bridget is sometimes awkward, often impulsive, and has been known to make bad decisions. But she's also kind, good-hearted, and true to herself. Mark is sometimes uncommunicative and slow to respond to situations. But he's a man of integrity and commitment. Jack may be overconfident and too slick and charming, but he has good intentions and is open to experiences. 

Violence

Verbal confrontations/yelling.

Sex

Adults are shown in bed, their backs bare, clearly in the middle of sex. Women bare their breasts in front of a TV camera. Adults make sexual innuendoes in front of kids, plus references to orgies and gang-bangs. In one scene, a group of men bares their backsides; a photo of the moment is frozen onscreen.

Language

Frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "c--k," "d--k," and "t-ts," as well as British swear words like "bugger" and "bollacks."

Consumerism

Brand names seen/mentioned include iPhone, Samsung, Volkswagen, ClearBlue, Tinder, Starbucks, and Instagram.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking. Characters sometimes drink alone, sometimes with friends. Wine and cocktails are definitely in play in several scenes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bridget Jones's Baby is cut from the same fun, if somewhat raunchy, cloth as the previous two installments in the Bridget Jones saga. Stars Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth return and are joined by Patrick Dempsey. Expect lots of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and drinking, as well as a sex scene, racy innuendo, and partial nudity (bare backs, bottoms, and breasts -- usually played for laughs). The plot also revolves around a pretty mature situation -- a woman gets pregnant and isn't sure who the father is. All of that adds up to a comedy that's very entertaining but best for older teens and adults. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byDave T. October 7, 2016

Great movie, shame about the F*** words

There is so much good stuff in this movie. It's an engaging story. The characters are real. Generally a great soundtrack. It's well acted and ofte... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written bySamarth P. April 12, 2018

Nice

Actually, I think kids above the age of thirteen can watch this movie. Sure, it has strong content and the movie revolves around a woman who gets pregnant and d... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycath.parry September 18, 2016

Ending was very disappointing

Very disappointed the way the story played out! Ending dissapointed me greatly!
Teen, 17 years old Written byMovieAddictionz December 30, 2016

Best of Bridget Jones so far.

Really good romantic comedy, mature audiences/older teens.

What's the story?

In BRIDGET JONE'S BABY, our favorite British diarist (Renee Zellweger) is back, this time without either Daniel (Hugh Grant) or Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). She's an accomplished TV news producer who's still connected to her longtime friends while also making new ones. In short, she's content. But then her 43rd birthday arrives, and many of her friends can't make the celebration due to unforeseen circumstances. This sends Bridget off on a weekend adventure during which she ends up both sleeping with a complete stranger (Patrick Dempsey) and hooking up with her ex, Mark. Weeks later, Bridget discovers she's pregnant, but she doesn't know which man is the father. And so launches another wacky story in which she must wade through the mucky complications of life while staying true to her Bridget Jonesian ways. 

Is it any good?

This "threequel" may be cheesy and sentimental, but it's also a joy. From the moment we glimpse pajama-clad Bridget singing the familiar tune of "All By Myself" on her couch, we're reminded of just how much we missed her. One thing that this series has always gotten right is Bridget herself. She's always appealing, even when she makes the worst mistakes, because she's open, vulnerable, warm, and relatable, all at once. Zellweger ably leads the charge, flanked by Firth, who's still as Darcy as they come, and Dempsey in the newly created role of American Jack Qwant (while he's no Daniel, he nearly fills the hole left by Grant).

We won't spoil the ending, but let's just say there's plenty here for Bridget's many fans to celebrate. Bridget Jones's Baby knows how to please its audience, and not just through call-backs to songs and scenes from the earlier films. The script, co-written by Emma Thompson (who also co-stars and is hilarious as a tart-tongued doctor), is smart, sassy, and, most importantly, willing to have fun -- just like Bridget. A warm welcome back to our flawed and fabulous heroine!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bridget's dilemma in Bridget Jones's Baby. Does the movie judge her? Do you? What makes her a sympathetic character? Do you consider her a role model?

  • How has Bridget changed since the first movie, when landing a boyfriend and losing weight were her most important to-dos? How has society changed since the first film? 

  • Talk to your kids about how the movie depicts drinking. Is it glamorized? Why does that matter?

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

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