Bridget Jones's Baby

(2016)

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Title:
Bridget Jones's Baby
Release Date:
15th September 2016
Runtime:
123 min
MPAA Rating:
R
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Directors:
Sharon Maguire
Writers:
Dan Mazer, Helen Fielding
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N/A
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Storyline

Oscar (R) winners Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's favorite singleton in Bridget Jones's Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding's heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones's (Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch...she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones's franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson to the cast. Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward. Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones's Baby in North America and select international territories.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 78%
IMDb Rating 7.5

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 24th September, 2016

Come the F*** on Bridget: Who's the Daddy?

The world's favorite lonely-hearts diarist is back. Bridget (Renee Zellweger) once again starts the film 'all by herself', haunted by occasional meetings with ex-flame Mark D'Arcy (Colin Firth) - now married to Camilla (Agni Scott) - and facing the natural discomfort of the early funeral of another friend who has died way too young. And at 43, Bridget's biological clock is also ticking towards parental midnight. Proving that enormous ditzyness and lack of talent need not be an impediment to a successful career, Bridget is now a top TV floor manager on a cable news station, anchored by friend Miranda (an excellent Sarah Solemani). In an effort to shake Bridget out of her malaise, Miranda takes her to a music festival (featuring some fun cameos!) where she has a one-night-stand with the delectable (speaking at least for all the women in my audience) Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Following another one-night-stand with D'Arcy and finding herself pregnant, a comedy of farce follows with one expectant mother and two prospective fathers competing for Bridget's affections. OK. So it's not bloody Shakespeare. But it is an extremely well-crafted comedy, and as a British rom-com it significantly out-does many of the efforts of the rom-com king - Richard Curtis - in recent years. As a series its just amazing how many of the original cast have been reunited after 2004's rather lackluster "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason". Particularly effective are Bridget's parents, played by the delectably Tory Gemma Jones and the ever-perfect Jim Broadbent. And Bridget's trio of irreverent friends: Shazzer (Sally Phillips), Jude (Shirley Henderson) and Tom (James Callis) are all back. All are either well into parenthood or have parenthood impending, adding to the pressure on Bridget's aching ovaries. New to the cast, and brilliant in every scene she's in, is the ever-radiant Emma Thompson as Bridget's doctor. Is there any actress in the movies today that can deliver a comic line better-timed than Thompson? I doubt it. Just superb. And Thompson also co-wrote the screenplay, together with Bridget author Helen Fielding and - an unlikely contributor - Ali G collaborator Dan Mazer. All contribute to a sizzling script - not based on Fielding's poorly received story - that zips along and makes the 123 minute run-time fly by. My one reservation would be - despite the film being set in the current day - lapses into internet memes like Hitler Cats and song crazes that are at least five years out of date. But I forgive that for the Colin Firth 'Gangnam' line, for me the funniest in the whole film. Zellweger looks fantastic, pulling off the 4 year age difference from her character with ease. And isn't it wonderful to see a middle-aged character as the center of a rom-com for once? Hollywood would be well to remember that romance is not restricted to the 20-somethings. Certainly the packed cinema - filled with probably 90% (well oiled) women - certainly thought so, in what was a raucous and entertaining showing! The music is superbly supported by an epic soundtrack of well-chosen tracks from Ellie Goulding, Years and Years, Jess Glynne, Lily Allen (with very funny adult content!) and classic oldies, all wrappered with nice themes by the brilliant and underrated Craig "Love Actually" Armstrong. Sharon Maguire - the director of the original "Diary" - has delivered here a fun, absorbing and enormously entertaining piece of fluff that deserves to do well. And it has in the UK, making $11M in its opening weekend here and playing to packed showings. However - incomprehensibly - it has bombed in the US with only $8M coming in. Hopefully it might prove a bit of a sleeper hit there: come on America... we go to see all of the rubbish rom-coms you send over here, and this is way better than most of those! This was a film I was determined to be sniffy about with my rating. But as a) I enjoyed it very much and b) a packed audience of women can't be wrong, it got a firm 8*'s. (For the graphical version of this review, please visit http://bob-the-movie-man.com. Thanks.)

Reviewed by Danusha_Goska Save Send Delete 18th September, 2016

Surprisingly Funny and Sharp

"Bridget Jones' Baby" is a surprisingly funny, smart, adorable romantic comedy. Yes, really. When I heard that there was going to be another Bridget Jones movie I thought, wow, that is going to be the worst film of the year. The previous two Bridget Jones movies combined comedic and romantic highpoints and low points. In the first film, "Bridget Jones' Diary," there is the legendary "I like you just as you are" staircase scene, where the impeccable and quite possibly inhumanly perfect Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy) walks down a staircase that showcases his luscious long legs and tells plump, goofy, perpetually self-sabotaging Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) that he likes her just as she is. If you've never seen the film, you can watch that scene – over and over – on youtube, where fans have posted multiple copies of it, and watched and re-watched it hundreds of thousands of times. How to find it? Just start typing "I like you just as…" and Google will finish the sentence for you. There's also a scene where Mark Darcy cooks dinner with Bridget Jones. If I die watching that scene, I will die happy. The Bridget Jones movies also include hysterically funny fistfights between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant as the two men vying for Bridget's affections. But for all their perfect moments, the Bridget Jones movies also included cringe-worthy, masochist, misogynist scenes where Bridget is made out to be the butt of highly humiliating jokes. And "Bridget Jones Diary" was released *fifteen years ago.* Renee Zellweger was already in her thirties. Part of the point of the film was that she was a spinster who had not found a man and was desperate to do so. Fifteen years later, Renee Zellweger is 47, subject of a tsunami of articles and internet posts arguing that she has committed the unforgivable sin, in a woman, of aging. She is too damn old, fanboys and girls stamp and shout. She should be retired to a remote, cloistered nunnery; if she must venture out, it is only with a bag firmly affixed over her old-lady face. Zellweger had plastic surgery and it ruined her, some allege. Others are enraged that she didn't have enough plastic surgery. Everyone is ready with pitchforks and torches to burn the lady for surviving past age 25. And, finally, a romantic comedy about a woman in her forties who gets pregnant and does not know who the father is? Yuck. In spite of all my misgivings, I went to the theater anyway, and "Bridget Jones' Baby" rapidly eliminated all my resistance. I laughed out loud throughout this movie, and I can't remember the last time I laughed so much during a first run Hollywood comedy. In "Bridget Jones' Baby," the emphasis is much more on comedy than it is on romance. Everything is played for laughs. The jokes are broad, low-brow, and slapstick. Don't expect sophisticated wit. Think nekkid bums and b00bs. Bridget Jones is a TV producer. She is single. She and Mark made a go of it, but separated. He is now married to someone else. Bridget has a couple of one-night stands and relies on outdated, ecologically friendly prophylactics. Emma Thompson is her gynecologist. Go see this movie for Thompson's performance alone. If you don't laugh at her, I don't want to know you. Patrick Dempsey is the other potential father. During every scene he's in, all I could think was, did his mother dip him in a magical river shortly after he was born? Dempsey is so obscenely handsome. He also comes across as being such a nice guy. He's just pure pleasure. His fireplace-warm and crackly good humor keeps the potentially awkward plot bouncing along, never getting too serious or painful. I really think it's a human rights abuse that not every woman is issued her very own Colin Firth. He is arguably the perfect man. He may be the last living actor who can convincingly play a gentleman. Again, the film is played for laughs, but there is one scene that is heartbreakingly real. Firth is informed that Bridget is pregnant. He is so overwhelmed with emotion that he must leave the room. It's a small moment, but a poignant one, amidst the rest of the bedroom farce. Renee Zellweger has aged, as have we all. But she's great. She inhabits Bridget, and steals our hearts. The rest of the cast includes Bridget's funny, wacky mom, who is involved in an election meant to mirror current politics. Those brief scenes are as funny as the rest of the movie. Bridget's gang of friends are onhand, and seeing them feels as good as a reunion with your own old gang with whom you raised heck when you were young. As for the Hugh Grant character … go see the film. I don't want to spoil it for you.

Reviewed by E23-films 17th September, 2016

★★★ - nice return to familiarity

To put it very simply: if you are a fan of the previous Bridget Jones movies, you will almost definitely like this one. For me, I was never a fan - but there was enough going on that I found mostly bearable (and it's certainly a more enjoyable film than The Edge Of Reason...). The main focus of Bridget Jones's Baby is, of course, the character herself. Zellweger has absolutely nailed it now, probably more so than ever. She's kinda quirky and awkward, and her peculiar posh English accent sounds a lot more believable - though I wasn't convinced about her having a fantastic job (being so ditsy), or "looking fantastic" (thin doesn't mean attractive) which the film is desperate for you to swallow. Firth is back, and through a weird, misjudged opening, Grant is not. But as the new point on the triangle, Dempsey is really good - intelligent, generous and attractive (far more interesting than Firth's boring and grumpy Mark). Unsurprisingly though, Thompson steals the show - every single scene she's in, she's great. And yet, over a decade after the last one, the writing isn't much to marvel at. There's just about enough plot to hang a movie on, but the love triangle is such an old set-up (even with the baby complication). The pacing is dreadful - it seems to take forever to get to the pregnancy, which makes it feel far too long. For me, there also wasn't a great deal to laugh at (the revolving door was about as good as it got), though there were many women in the audience who would disagree with me, laughing consistently throughout (I couldn't tell what they were actually laughing at). So Maguire and Zellweger have successfully defibrillated a character we all though was long gone - shame the story was a little too simple and familiar, utilising a modern soundtrack to make it feel 'with the times' (hilariously using Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and the Marvin Gaye song "Let's Get It On" - which there is currently an ongoing copyright lawsuit about!). It's not brilliantly made, but it's inoffensive - great for Bridget fans, not for everyone else. 3/5

Reviewed by D L 16th September, 2016

Bridget Jones Fades Away

The first ever Bridget Jones movie felt magical to watch. I had so much more in mind for Bridget and I felt Bridget Jones had so much more potential but this was ruined in the sequel as well as Bridget Jones baby. It's disappointing and sad to see what will probably be the last Bridget Jones movie to fade away and end without a bang. It just didn't hit it for me and Bridget Jones baby feels like a cheap UK revival of a movie made purely for profit. Renee zellweger is one of my favourite actors - but Bridget Jones doesn't feel the same without Hugh grant. What an amazing movie made an absolute wreck of. I wouldn't recommend any Bridget Jones fan to see this. However - it does have a few laughs throughout the movie and is watchable if you aren't going to take it too seriously.

Reviewed by istara 14th September, 2016

Absolutely lovely, very funny film

Bridget Jones's Baby was consistently funny and also moving from start to finish. The audience at the showing I attended were laughing throughout. The plot is well known (from the title and movie poster if nothing else!) but essentially Bridget Jones has split from Mark Darcy some years ago. She's been single for a while and has a one-night stand with a very handsome American (Patrick Dempsey) who turns out to be a billionaire internet entrepreneur. A few days later she gets drunk and hooks up with Marc Darcy after a christening. A few weeks later she takes a pregnancy test, and then has no idea who the baby's father is. She declines an amniocentesis so spends the entire pregnancy with the two potential fathers fighting over both her and the baby. It's a very strong cast, Emma Thompson in particular is a wonderful addition as Bridget's obstetrician, as is Sarah Solemani who plays Bridget's friend and colleague, the TV presenter Miranda. The scenes at the TV station are very amusing. You know you're in for a 100% happy ending with a film like this, so you can really sit back and enjoy the ride. There's only one way the plot could really end, but it does very well to keep you guessing nonetheless. I have no idea why this movie only (as of writing this) only has an average review of 6.2. I can only imagine that the kinds of people who like to sneer at anything "feel good" or romantic simply spend their time trashing such films. To sum up: it's a very entertaining and enjoyable film. It would probably be best to see the first Bridget Jones film first (you could easily skip the second) or at least have read the book, but even if this is your first "Bridget Experience", you'll have a good time watching it.