A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.
The story picks up four weeks after the first film, and already Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy. Apart from discovering that he's a conservative voter, she has to deal with a new boss, strange contractor, and the worst vacation of her life. Written by
Giles Benwick, whom Bridget meets at the law council dinner, shares his last name with a character from Jane Austen's "Persuasion". See more »
In the scene on the beach when Bridget is making a sand angel at Daniel's feet, some sort of tarp underneath the sand can be clearly seen being pulled tight between Bridget's legs as they move back and forth. See more »
[Bridget is on the phone talking to Mark's answering machine while he waits outside her flat]
You're outside! Look err, I'll ring you later. Unless you've come to chuck me once and for all, in which case... Bye and thank you and sorry.
[Mark buzzes up again from outside]
Oh God please don't chuck me, don't chuck me. If you have chucked me, please change your mind, I'll behave much better in future.
On the other hand if you haven't chucked me please behave better next time we go out. Stuck ...
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But, oddly enough, I still liked this version of The Edge of Reason.
It's hard to put my finger on why -- because I'm not quite sure why some of the book's original plot lines were ommitted, and because I thought the Rebecca subplot was gratuitous -- but I did like it.
The first book was not-so-loosely based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." The first movie left a lot of that in, and even included a lot of "inside jokes" for those of us who are familiar with that delightful book and the filmed version starring Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy. "The Edge of Reason" was not-so-loosely based on another Jane Austen novel, "Persuasion," but any overt Austen references are completely wiped out here.
The character of Giles Benwick is based on an Austen character named Benwick who has recently lost his fiancée, but that is the only Austen reference from the book left. It's a shame, too, because I liked that particular subplot in both Austen's "Persuasion" and Fielding's "Edge of Reason."
Given that I've complained about several aspects of this film, I'm still rather surprised that I liked it. Could it be because Bridget is still Everywoman and because Mark Darcy is still the Perfect Man (and probably because he's still played by the ever-dishy Colin Firth)?
Who knows. All I do know is that it was cute, it was funny and it was entertaining. You can't ask for much else.
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