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Film review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Bridget Jones is back in this highly anticipated sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby – but she still hadn’t solved any of her issues about love and men. And things are about to get a lot messier.

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This time Bridget is facing the challenges of motherhood, unsure if her former lover or her new beau is the father.

The events of the film take place after the previous movie, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, but before author Helen Fielding’s latest novel Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, which revisited the central character at age 51. Rather than being based on a book, Bridget Jones’s Baby is the result of an original screenplay by Fielding, Emma Thompson (who also stars as Bridget’s droll obstetrician) and Dan Mazer.

In this third film in the franchise – directed by Sharon Maguire, who directed the first movie – Bridget (Renée Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) have separated. She decides that life should begin in her 40s and throws herself into her work as a news producer.

Things change when Bridget meets a handsome American named Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey), who literally brings her to her feet. In the course of a hectic week, she has “relations” with both Mark and Jack. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she’s unsure which of the two men is the father.

Once she informs both men, they begin to compete for her affections. Bridget has one huge decision to make. And it won’t be easy.

Bridget Jones’s Baby is funnier than The Edge of Reason (2004) and will delight most fans. Zellweger once again creates a kindhearted, affable, humorous yet neurotic character, which gives this above-par rom-com a great deal of its charm.

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