Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
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
During the filming in Thailand, the cast stayed on Nai Yang Beach, close to the airport in Phuket. They often drank at the little shack bars down on the beach, especially 'Mama Mia's'. In 2004, all of those bars and restaurants were destroyed in the Tsunami. The pianist at the JW Marriott in Phuket, Stuart Hopkins, who was also a regular at the bar made extensive attempts to contact the cast. In June 2005, a large package arrived for his attention. It was from Renée Zellweger containing many things such as T-shirts, caps, and a big movie poster signed by herself and other cast members. Over the years the bars on the beach were re-built, and the poster still hangs proudly in Mama Mia's bar as of August 2009. See more »
When Bridget runs through the rain to Mark Darcy's house, her hair and clothes are soaking as she stands in the porch. From the next shot, she appears dry. Then she is soaking again. Then dry. See more »
This new movie is OK, but I would have liked to have seen Sharon MacGuire direct instead of someone trying to steadfastly follow the tone of the first one. The narrative is very shaky and the first half of the movie was one embarrassing gag after another with only a few allusions to the original book (it veered off severely at certain points and made Bridget's friends and family very periferal to the story). Nevertheless, I think I identified with this movie more than the first one even though I liked the first one better.
As for the weight, I am very familiar with those issues. I personally think the director made sure Renee's clothes did not look right or fit her to make her weight issue more noticeable. All those sleeveless outfits helped. Her weight was always supposed to be around 130 lbs and she did not look that chubby in the first movie. I have a theory, this might have something to do with Richard Curtis who co-wrote this movie and wrote and directed Love Actually. He made a lot of fat jokes at the expense of the PM's love interest in that one. I think the battle to keep a decent weight is a very private one and it is a lot easier to cast a naturally thin woman who can put on or take off weight with more ease than one who is naturally a Bridget-sized person who struggles with weight because there are too many jokes in the movie about her weight. I think that kind of stigma can live with a person. Renee dropped most of the weight within two months of wrapping the film.
I do like the "just as you are" theme of the movie. The idea that someone could like Bridget in spite of her inward and outward flaws (and her paranoia) and could find her an intrinsically good person is a really good message. The fact is, most romantic comedies use gorgeous women, give them minor flaws or insecurities ("woe is me, I can't get a man!) and the guys eventually swoon for the girl. In the case of this movie, while the slapstick might have felt unrealistic, the romance felt real. Darcy never stopped caring for Bridget and he fought for her (literally) because he wanted to protect her from all of those who though he deserved better than her.
Overall, this movie is uneven but good because you can identify with the characters
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