Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) Rated R

bridget-jones-babyBridget Jones discovers she pregnant; all she has to do now is figure out who is the father: her former boyfriend, Mark Darcy, or the new man, Jack. Starring Renée Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson.

This film has so much going for it, but there are also several things I just couldn’t reconcile myself to.  To begin, I appreciate Bridget wanting to sort out this situation and make it work; it certainly helped that both men were willing to step up to the plate.

However, why did she and Mark break up in the first place?  I know it was explained, but it really didn’t make any sense to me.  I mean, why would they break up after he rescued her in the last film?  On top of that, he then up and falls in love with some other woman and marries her instead?  It was Mark who was the one reluctant to marry, not Bridget! He obviously still loves Bridget, so why did he break up with her and marry someone else?

Also, I struggled with Bridget’s age upon becoming pregnant.  I know it’s more common than ever before to start having children later, but she is 43 years old and unmarried.  It seems pretty late in the game-especially for her- to be going down the motherhood path.

Speaking of timing, another issue I had was with the timing of this film in relation to the book.  If I am correct, wouldn’t Mark have to be dying in just a couple of years?  However, I did read that the film’s story line is taken from Fielding’s columns, rather than her novel.  I’m not entirely familiar with the former, but I can’t imagine seeing Mark die in the next film.  Perhaps he won’t even be in it.

I love Bridget and all the silly binds she gets herself in and out of, but in this film, I felt they portrayed her as too ditzy.  It diminished her character.  Also, there were many more sexual jokes and increased profanity included in this film, which I think were unnecessary, making some scenes uncomfortable to watch.

Although I did enjoy the film, it just wasn’t as endearing as the previous ones. I still say it is worth a watch, but it’s not the best in the series by far.



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