I have a confession to make, and this is no secret to those who know me: I'm in love with actor Colin Firth. And this has been known to cloud my judgment. Case in point: a girlfriend and I actually paid full price to go see the Amanda Bynes teen flick What a Girl Wants because Firth played the long lost dad. The movie was as lackluster as one might expect, but it did include a montage in which Firth played air guitar in leather pants, much to my delight. I'm hopeless, really.
So, as you can imagine, I was predisposed to like the sequel to Bridget Jones' Diary, in which Firth reprises his role as the dashing Mark Darcy. When last we left our heroes, Bridget—chubby and often awkward—and Mark—staid and graceful—had finally recognized that their opposites really did attract and were walking together blissfully through the snow-covered streets of London.
This new story picks up almost two months—or, as Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has calculated, 72 fantastic "shags"—later. The couple has settled into what appears to be a comfortable routine of romantic suppers, spending the night at her place, and then pining for each other through the day. At least Bridget pines. Mark is kind, but reserved (you might want to rent the first movie before seeing this one to remind yourself that the couple really does have chemistry), even when Bridget's penchant for absurdity manages to embarrass herself, and him, on multiple occasions—usually in front of large, important crowds.
Enter Rebecca, a young intern at Mark's office with legs "up to there" and a penchant for always doing and saying the right thing. Bridget's well-worn insecurities rear their ugly head, and the relationship goes into crisis mode. ...1
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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
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