Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) – reviewed by George

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) are now living together in Mark’s beautiful home. They are deeply in love, but Mark is not at all demonstrative, even in private, so Bridget lacks confidence in his love.
Bridget has become a full-time reporter on TV, and we see her making her first report. She is duded up in military gear with a parachiute, and talking very loud. She is about to jump to show how safe the sport really is.
Unfortunately she is live and is spending valuable time talking, in order to avoid the actual jumping. The director back in the studio is yelling at her handler to throw her out of the plane, but before he can do that, Bridget trips and goes out the bay backwards. As she falls she screams, all the way down. Now the director is yelling at her, to pull the green thing or die.
This opening is one of the best sequences in the film, though there are many others.
Having survived the jump, and back at the office, Bridget is approached by Janey Osborne (Lucy Robinson), who is obviously jealous. She tells Bridget that Mark is in love with one of his coworkers, Rebecca Gillies (Jacinda Barrett), and in fact is with her in his home right now, and Bridget, insecure, doesn’t even think to doubt Janey. She goes home (she lives there now, remember) and finds Mark in an important meeting with a roomful of men and one lonely woman. A few more episodes where Bridget doubts Mark’s constancy and they break up, leaving space for the return of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), who has always fancied sex with Bridget, but wants not a shred of commitment. Daniel asks, “Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?” And Bridget replies, “Except Hitler.” Then Daniel and Bridget go to Thailand together. What?!
Some highlights: Bridget’s dress at a big dinner, outside activity on a rainy day, an uncoordinated and somewhat unmasculine fight between Mark and Daniel, and Thai drug dogs.
This is a very cute comedy with great support from Bridget’s parents (Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent) and Mark’s parents (Donald Douglas and Shirley Dixon), and Bridget’s friends Shazza, Tom, and Jude (Sally Phillips, James Callis, and Shirley Henderson), whose parts as friends and confidantes are sadly smaller this time around. Honor Blackman does not return (quiet sob) but there are small roles for Neil Dudgeon of “Midsomer Murders” as a taxi driver, Wolf Kahler of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (his face melted) as a commentator, and Ian McNeice of “Dr. Who” as a Quizmaster.
Yet another rom-com with leads (three) that I like, plus easily more than one-third of the film is comedy. Good to watch on a lazy day when you can just sit back and enjoy.
Based on the Novel by Helen Fielding, Screenplay by Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding and Richard Curtis and Adam Brooks, Directed by Beeban Kidron.
NOTE: Honor Blackman will celebrate her 92nd birthday on August 22, 2017. Best Wishes, Dear Lady!

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