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Pretty Bad53.52%
Total Crap: 16.9%

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
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by EricDSnider

"In which Bridget falls down a lot and boy is it ever FUNNY!!!!!!!!"
3 stars

For fans of "Bridget Jones's Diary," the sequel, "The Edge of Reason" (whatever THAT means), will feel like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a good picture. It falls into the traps that imperil almost all movie sequels: re-staging the same key moments, over-doing the things that were subtle the first time, and re-making all the same mistakes.

The hair-pulling sissy fight between Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) was one of the first film's high points -- so why not have them fight again in the sequel! (To be fair, it IS funny a second time.) Bridget (Renee Zellweger) was occasionally tongue-tied around Mark before; so now that they're dating, let's have her say the wrong thing ALL the time! And remember how the first film dragged out its obvious resolution for five minutes longer than it needed to? In the sequel, the same obvious resolution is dragged out for 15 minutes! Hooray!

Bridget and Mark have been dating for six weeks now, their relationship defined by her constantly saying obnoxious, rude things in public settings and then wondering why Mark is miffed with her. They break up, I don't know, maybe a hundred times over the course of the film, and it NEVER GETS OLD. (Until the second time.)

In between all that, Bridget does a lot of wacky things like skydiving, going skiing, accidentally taking drugs, and going to prison in Thailand. She also runs into Daniel Cleaver again, as caddish and glib as ever, just as she's on one of her post-Mark rebounds.

Hugh Grant, it must be said, is the single most entertaining thing about the film. He's looking every day of his 44 years -- a life of whores and stammering has aged him, apparently -- but he remains a charming, rakish presence, perfectly suited to this type of role.

Firth, of course, can do this kind of thing in his sleep, and his character seems flummoxed most of the time by Bridget's behavior. You wonder what he even sees in her, so ditzy, outlandish and awkward is she.

Zellweger herself is not as lively or committed as she was the first time around, and the film matches her step for mediocre step. It all just feels so ... obligatory. There is no new character development, and the screenplay -- written by the same crew as the first film and adapted from Helen Fielding's novel -- is only weakly funny. If this were the first film in the series rather than the second, there wouldn't be a second.

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User Comments

8/18/12 edutra even worse than original 1 stars
4/06/12 SEAN DUTRA even worse and more pointless than original 1 stars
4/02/12 Carole Landis Please God no more Bridget Jones movies. 1 stars
3/06/11 Rita Ray Lizzy Bennet/hip, charming. Bridget Jones/vulgar slob. 'nuf said? 1 stars
2/22/10 carol miles CF doesn't want to be remembered as Mr. Darcy but makes B. Jones movies. Pompous Ass. 1 stars
7/12/09 the dork knight Forgettable sequel. Might as well rent "Arthur 2" while you're at it. 1 stars
1/10/09 Anonymous. i thought it was really good and renee zellweger is still as adorable as ever! :P 4 stars
8/28/07 johnnyfog Worthless. 1 stars
8/20/06 e.c. i didnt like it better than the first but it was good.the fight scenes were funny. 4 stars
8/19/06 Beau wtf r u guyz sayin I LOVED IT betta than 1st. I laughed heaps 5 stars
7/08/06 CTT Not as good as the first, but not a disaster, either 4 stars
8/09/05 jada very disappointing, cheesy & predictable 2 stars
6/12/05 Daveman Doesn't so much move along as it progresses from second rate one comic set piece to another 2 stars
4/20/05 Taylor Fladgate Renee acts like she's pissed that she has to make this movie...and she should be 2 stars
3/26/05 Elizabeth S Bridget & Co. have lost their charm. 2 stars
3/10/05 Fake Name Here It ain't brain surgery folks. Must all movies be chock full o sturm und drang? 4 stars
1/16/05 Jitjit Skephzucks Starts better than original; then gets way too hokey with BROKEDOWN PALACE ripoff sequence. 3 stars
1/12/05 Hilary Adamson So sad that love is doomed even between those who know where each others' assholes are! 3 stars
12/22/04 Doc Hollywood Absolutely stinking shit with a cherry on top 1 stars
12/19/04 ELI well...i thought it was kinda funny... :) 4 stars
12/18/04 Lisa Totally crappy 1 stars
12/14/04 tony stupid movie.Only idioits will like it 1 stars
12/13/04 Bridget Hi my names also Bridget, I really enjoyed this movie film. It was funny, I love BRidget! 5 stars
12/13/04 UMER an OK movie in its own right but nothing compared to the first one 4 stars
12/09/04 peter møller jeg er til små drenge 5 stars
12/08/04 frosty Well, I enjoyed the first one... 2 stars
12/07/04 Dominic Liked the first, second was below par 2 stars
12/06/04 Kristina Williams A stupid retread of the first movie 1 stars
12/04/04 Denise why make another 2 stars
11/27/04 Destiny Pifer Wasn't bad though not as good as the first 3 stars
11/24/04 Jizzit Bones Arsery Number two is meant to be a poo so what did you expect? 1 stars
11/22/04 djacosta Enjoyable 4 stars
11/17/04 paks1 paks1 3 stars
11/16/04 Fungo Nowhere near as good as the first. 2 stars
11/06/04 Ray Nice 4 stars
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  DVD: 22-Mar-2005



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