How many men does it take to carry a pregnant woman in labour through a revolving door?
Go see Bridget Jones’ Baby and find out the answer to this burning question and have a great laugh while you are there!
“Surprisingly sweet and sweetly surprising” is how one reviewer aptly described Bridget Jones’ Baby. It may not be as good as the first movie about the clutzy, foul-mouthed, adorable Bridget but it is pretty darned close. Let’s all just pretend the second movie didn’t exist, shall we?
Twelve years after we last saw Bridget Jones, we find out that bad-boy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) has died in a plane crash. People who knew him said it was fitting that he should have gone down in the bush. This is the kind of humour that is throughout this ribald but delightful movie. The “f-bomb” was dropped more times than I can count but, said with a proper British accent, it was terribly amusing.
Bridge, now 43, has decided that she should concentrate more on her career as a producer at the same tv station she has been working for the last 14 years and less on finding a man. Just have some fun, says her friend and co-worker Miranda (the very funny Sarah Solemani). The two head out for a weekend of fun, drinking and debauchery at the Glastonbury music festival where Bridget has a one-off with handsome, rich Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). There were a couple of scenes at the festival with Ed Sheeran which were very funny.
A few days later, Bridget ran into her old love Mark Darcy (Colin Firth, still pretty gorgeous), who was going through a divorce. One drink led to another which led to another one-off. Hmmm . . . Bridget was back to her slutty ways – her words, not mine.
And, lo and behold, Bridget falls pregnant but who is the daddy?
This is a very sweet, very funny movie that I would recommend to anyone who wants to have a fun evening out.
The acting is top-notch, with Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent as Bridget’s parents, as well as all of Bridget’s friends from the previous movies. There is a fantastic acting turn by the ever-fabulous Emma Thompson as Bridget’s OB/GYN. Thompson also co-wrote the screenplay, along with Helen Fielding (the author of Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Dan Mazur (screenwriter of Borat) and directed by the original, Sharon Maguire.
3.5 stars out of 5 77% on Rotten Tomatoes
A couple of recommendations for movies on dvd
NURSE BETTY (2000) – Rene Zelleweger is Betty, whose husband has just been murdered. She witnesses the murder but blocks it from her memory and decides to set out to California to find her “ex-fiance”, a doctor on a soap opera. Morgan Freeman stars as the killer who has fantasties of his own about Betty, representing a bright angel of his lost hopes. Also starring Greg Kinnear and Chris Rock, this dark comedy is terrific.
4 stars out of 5 84% on Rotten Tomatoes
A SINGLE MAN (2009) – In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. A beautiful film directed by Tom Ford and with an astounding performance by Colin Firth as George. Also stars Julianne Moore.
4 stars out of 5 85% on Rotten Tomatoes