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Comedy - Romantic

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

R2V Summary.Entertaining, irritating and embarrassing in turn.
Duration1h 41m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12 
Source of storyThe character developed by Helen Fielding in a newspaper column, and two previous films.
DirectorSharon Maguire
Writers/ScriptHelen Fieldiing, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson
StarringRenée Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Sally Phillips, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Shirley Henderson, Colin Firth, Sarah Solemani, Joanna Scanlan, Neil Pearson, Patrick Malahide, Patrick Dempsey, Ed Sheeran, Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie,   Kate O’Flynn
RatingsIMDb: 6.6 by 72k people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 78% by 209 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Bridget is now the producer of a morning show in TV, is single and is 43 years old. Her friend Miranda encourages her to go to a music festival where she  has a one night stand with an attractive American. Then at a memorial service for Daniel Cleaver, who is missing presumed dead, she meets Mark Darcy and they sleep together.  She later finds that she is pregnant but who is the father. The one night stand is identified as a billionaire dating site owner who, when he finds out that he might be the father is enthusiastic, and Mark now separated from his wife, is also back in love with Bridget. How will it end?

Content: The sex is decorously presented, although some protesters, represented by Mark Darcy, expose their breasts with slogans written on them. There is social drinking. A lot of time is spent in the TV studio where they manage to get the American to be interviewed by Miranda the anchor-woman (Sarah Solemani – terrific). Bridget spends time with her gynaecologist having scans and we see that her best friends have all moved on, most having gained spouses and children. Her parents continue to be slightly mad and lovable.

A View: You can’t argue with the numbers. This movie did not cost much and made a fortune. It is said to be one of the most successful comedies ever. The principle participants are supported by a wonderful British cast, and it is worth a view just to see them doing their stuff. For me it passed the ten laugh test and if you can stand the slightly irritating Bridget, worth a view.

Check out Renée Zellweger in the previous Bridget films:   Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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