Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
In this follow-up to the worldwide hit, we find Bridget where we left her—blissful and besotted in the arms of gorgeous lawyer Mark Darcy (Firth). Mark is accomplished, supportive and tolerant of (nearly) all of Bridget’s tiny jealousies—why wouldn’t every woman in London, including Mark’s new long-legged, drop-dead, “I-always-say-the-right-thing-at-all-times” intern, want to lure him away from the plumpish, opinionated, sometimes inappropriate Bridget? With the entry of the leggy threat, Bridget’s pink clouds begin to turn gray as her attacks of self-doubt sorely test her relationship with Darcy. And just when it seems that the waters couldn’t get any more choppy, Bridget’s former boss, womanizing heartthrob Daniel Cleaver (Grant), sails into view.
Ms. Jones careens from embarrassing situation to romantic misunderstanding, still managing to muddle through in this continuation of the trials and tribulations of the working woman who has become the symbolic heroine of ‘singletons’ everywhere. “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” provides a hilarious and touching look at the answer to the question, “What happens after the happy ending?”
With its theme alone, this film would not be family-friendly, but Universal made it even more so with its tremendous volume of foul language. The theme deals primarily with the relationship, both sexual and relational, of Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. It seems that they really liked to focus on the sexual aspect of the relationship. Zellweger does a wonderful job as the British lady soon to spend her life as a spinster if she doesn’t land a man soon. She is constantly wondering if Darcy is cheating on her and jumps to many conclusions about their relationship, many of which are comical. There are many funny parts to this film, like when Jones parachutes right into the middle of pigs and all their excrement. But, for me, the film lost its appeal with the constant foul language and non-stop focus on “shagging”. With a little more restraint from Universal, this could have been a much better film. Don’t take the kids to see this one.