I Love Bridget
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Review by Ross Anthony

Take any three episodes of "I Love Lucy" and/or Laura Petrie dominant "Dick Van Dyke" shows, modernize them for the new millennium -- and you've got "The Edge of Reason." Zellweger is fantastic, it's all about her and she revels in it. Though the film is primarily fluff, plays heavy on stereotypes, chooses silly over serious, and Jones herself comically self-destructive -- Zellweger makes her as real as possible, winning over audiences easily.

 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Really more of a series of vignettes in which Zellweger is left to perform her clumsy Bridget Jones mess-ups, the film has no real depth, nothing more in structure, and even barely an emotional arc. It's TV for the big screen, but shot well, paced well, directed well, and nailed by Zellweger. You'll be amazed at how many times you can watch her make the same sort of blunder, but make it funny, still make you care. She so spoils the writers, pulling humor and charm out of any sort of challenge. There's a skiing get-away scene, which should absolutely fail. But thanks to Zellweger (and admittedly some very good directing choices) -- it works.

Just as Jones only intermittently presents herself in an up front and honest way, so does the film. Manipulating us, so as to reveal its blunder humdingers at the moments it chooses. But since (like Zellweger) the film is so damned cute and loveable -- we don't really mind (at least while we're watching).

  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Copyright © 2004.
  • Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Jacinda Barrett.
  • Directed by Beeban Kidron.
  • Screenplay by Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis, Adam Brooks.
  • Based on the book by Helen Fielding.
  • Produced by Tim Bevan Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish at Universal, StudioCanal, Miramax, Working Title.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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