I am a total klutz. The other day I actually bought two left shoes. Some days I wonder how I made it through without fatally injuring myself. This is about the only thing I have in common with Bridget Jones, but for some reason I still find her identifiable. I’ve seen Bridget Jones’s Diary dozens of times. Understandably, I was jumping up and down squealing in the theater when I saw the preview for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Unfortunately, however, I was squealing after I saw it.
The second Bridget Jones movie catches up with its heroine (Renee Zellweger) six weeks into her “perfect” relationship with “perfect” human rights barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Heaven has to wait though, as Bridget’s insecurities cause her to doubt Mark’s fidelity and that he could care about someone, such as her, who does not seem to be as spectacular as he is. After she breaks things off with Mark, thanks to her suspicions that he is having an affair with young, leggy, Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett), a young lawyer he is working with, scummy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) struts in right on cue and still in love with Bridget. Bridget is put on assignment at the SitUp Britain TV station to do a travel segment with Cleaver and is whisked off to Thailand. Her friend Shazzer (Sally Phillips) accompanies her to make sure that nothing happens between Bridge and Daniel, but that does not keep Bridget from getting into more trouble anyway. An incident with customs lands her in a Thai prison and only a legal mastermind like Mark can save her from serving ten to fifteen years for something she did not do.
I was extremely disappointed by this movie. It lacks the “every girl” charm of the first by taking the situational comedy to the extreme. It is hard to relate to Bridget as she sits in a Thai prison or as she sky dives into a pig pen. The movie is funny, but the comedy feels empty.
The highlights include another fight sequence between Mark and Daniel, neither of whom know how to fight at all and Bridget explaining the location of Germany. Bridget skiing is also humorous as is her attempt to speak Swiss.
Overall, this movie is not nearly as sweet, sad, or hilarious as the first. It lacks the down to earth comedy and the sincere believability that Bridget could be your best friend. Chaka Khan will not find a place singing “I’m Every Woman” in this movie nor will this movie find a place in my cinematic heart.
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