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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 21, 2016

Bridget Jones’ Baby Movie Review: A Rom-Com Not For Young But Older Viewers That's Is Hilarious And Entertaining

THE FIRST Bridget Jones movie in 2001, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, about a year in the life of the title character hit all the right buttons so it was a big hit and it’s not surprising that a sequel came out in 2004, “Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason”, which was not as successful. Now, 12 years later, we have “Bridget Jones’ Baby”, as directed by Sharon Maguire who also helmed the first one but skipped Part 2.

The question now is whether Bridget’s story still has any appeal for millennials who want their romcoms to have younger stars. Renee Zellweger is now 47 years old while Colin Firth is 56 and Patrick Dempsey is 50. Will viewers under 30 still be attracted to watch them together in a movie? Well, we honestly hope viewers today will still give them a chance as the movie exceeds our expectations, being quite hilarious and entertaining.

We follow once again the tentative romance between Bridget (Renee), now middle aged and still a single lonely heart, and her true love, Mark Darcy (Colin). But since Hugh Grant refused to return in the new movie as the third wheel (his character Daniel died and Bridget even attends the funeral), his shoes are now filled in by Dr. McDreamy himself (Patrick.) Bridget is no longer dependent on a man just to achieve happiness in life and, whereas she used to have a battle with the bulge, she has now plateaued on her ideal weight.

Even if the second movie ended with her getting Darcy, it now appears that she lost him eventually and he’s now married to some other girl. She is now a successful TV producer who’s turning 43 and, to celebrate her birthday, she attends a musical festival where she meets a visiting handsome American love guru, Jack (Dempsey).

They have a one-night stand and, a week later, she meets Darcy in a children’s party and they also end up in bed. She later finds out she’s preggers, but who’s the father? She doesn’t know and for a while, she lets both Jack and Darcy think they’re the dad, until she can no longer hide it from them and they all participate together in doing pre-natal things while waiting for the stork’s visit.

Also back in the third edition are Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget’s parents, and Sally Phillips, James Callis and Shirley Henderson as Bridget’s friends who are married now while she remains to be a singleton. A new member of the cast is Emma Thompson (who helped writing the script) as Dr. Rawlings, Bridget’s gynecologist, and she tries to steal her scenes as much as she could. Also managing to steal some scenes of her own is Sarah Solemani as Bridget’s wild and wacky co-worker, Miranda. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran gamely appears in a cameo.

Reports about Renee’s face having changed so drastically seem grossly exaggerated and, in all fairness to her, she reprises her role well with her timing still impeccable. Colin remains to be the uptight and emotionally pent up Darcy while Patrick perfectly serves as his foil and gives quite a charming and relatable performance. All in all, “BJB” has much raunchier humor and takes potshots at social media and other references to contemporary culture, but the director manages to balance it off all quite nicely.