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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

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After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

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Beeban Kidron

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Helen Fielding (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Bridget Jones
Gemma Jones ... Mum
Jim Broadbent ... Dad
James Faulkner ... Uncle Geoffrey
Celia Imrie ... Una Alconbury
Dominic McHale Dominic McHale ... Bernard
Colin Firth ... Mark Darcy
Donald Douglas ... Admiral Darcy
Shirley Dixon Shirley Dixon ... Mrs. Darcy
Neil Pearson ... Richard Finch
Rosalind Halstead ... Receptionist
Luis Soto ... Mexican Ambassador
Tom Brooke ... Production Assistant
Hugh Grant ... Daniel Cleaver
Alba Fleming Furlan Alba Fleming Furlan ... Girl in Rome
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Storyline

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 lcheala@imdb.com

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Bridget's back! (UK) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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English | German | Thai

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bridget Jones: Al borde de la razón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,608,816 (United Kingdom), 5 November 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,684,055, 14 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,226,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,520,724
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The poem Daniel quotes to Bridget on the boat while in Thailand is a translation of the famous "Phra Aphai Manee", a famous epic poem about a hero/ prince who, among other things, wooes and marries many princesses. The part he quotes is when Phra Aphai Manee wooes his head wife, Suwan Malee. See more »

Goofs

When Bridget and her dad are smoking in the lift, Bridget puts the cigarette to her mouth and then it cuts to a different point of view where she's holding the cigarette by her side. See more »

Quotes

Bridget Jones: You are angry.
Mark Darcy: No, I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed.
Bridget Jones: Disappointed? Oh, God, that's worse than angry.
Mark Darcy: I'm just disappointed I can't take you home this instant.
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.15 (2008) See more »

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I'm Not in Love
Written by Graham Gouldman (as Gouldman) and Eric Stewart (as Stewart)
Performed by 10CC
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Limited
Part of the Universal Music Group
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Bridget Jones new diary not much to write about
4 November 2004 | by seaview1See all my reviews

Oh the expectations are high and the studio is bumping up the release date but what about the film? In the case of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, it was inevitable that the freshness and sheer pleasure of a funny, heartfelt love story of Bridget Jones's Diary, would be a hard act to top much less follow. While entertaining in its own way and filled with enough charm and wit to keep things moving and interesting, it is a step down for the Helen Fielding heroine. No Oscar nominations are forthcoming this time.

Not a couple months have passed as our favorite British journalist (played with gusto by Renee Zellweger) is dating her dream beau, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth returns as a noble steed). Slowly, our Bridget notices a young female clinging to her man on a regular basis, and with life full of its insecurities, doubts and suspicions are thus born. Enter handsome Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant is as dashing as ever) who wants to rekindle an earlier romance with Bridget who wonders if he has mended his philandering ways. That pretty well sums up the main storyline. There are a few other minor story threads such as Bridget's parents getting remarried, but they are few and far between.

Zellweger is always appealing even as an overweight, accident-prone romantic. Fans may be a bit startled to see her appearance after a few years of terrific performances in slimmed down roles. Firth, who was handpicked by author Fielding, duplicates his steady, straightlaced lawyer while Grant spices the sexual scenery with his bad boy ways. You will recognize returning supporting characters from before including James Broadbent as Bridget's dad, a role that is minimal at best.

While the screenplay has some nice bits of dialogue and one-liners, the whole thing just doesn't come together as a satisfying whole. There are no real surprises here in the story even though it contains a couple of mild shocks in plot line. The direction is not as crisp as before-this time Beeban Kidron(Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar) takes the helm in not quite inspired fashion. Where is original director, Sharon Maguire? Maybe frequent scribe Richard Curtis would have been perfect. Just one of his story lines in Love Actually is as good as or better than anything in Edge of Reason.

Perhaps the biggest problem with this film is that it is a chore to find anything truly engaging or to feel any sympathy and concern for Zellweger's character. In addition, there was an absence of really funny situations without seeming to be contrived. Maybe that's being picky, but that's the level of satisfaction Bridget Jones's original incarnation has engendered.


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