Opening 2 Dec 2004
Writing credits: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, Adam Brooks
Principal actors: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones
At long last Bridget Jones returns to the big screen. The Edge of Reason is pure Bridget, and more ridiculous than ever. The sequel picks up shortly after the place where the original Bridget Jones left off. The film opens with Bridget, played by Renee Zellweger, and her Prince Charming, human rights lawyer Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, enjoying the thrills of a new relationship. After only six weeks Bridget is already dreaming of receiving a ring. And this is where the ridiculousness begins.
After an array of comic mishaps, Bridget starts to worry that Mark’s seemingly ever-present new colleague Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett) is after Mark. Add to that temptation when Bridget’s ex-boyfriend, sleazy but sexy Dan Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant, begins working for the same television station as Bridget as The Smooth Guide. When both Bridget and Dan are sent on assignment to Thailand together, the comedy unfolds.
The Edge of Reason, like most other sequels, pales in comparison to the original. Nonetheless it is still an entertaining and enjoyable, albeit unrealistic, “chic flick”. What makes it so is that throughout the film there are moments in which we women identify with silly but sweet Bridget. We all have days we feel every bit as ridiculous as Bridget Jones. (Shauna Keeley)