Bridget Jones’s Baby [2016] ★★½

 bridget_jones_trio_1sht_teaser_ukNot quite as good as the 2001 original (confession: I’ve seen it over a dozen times), and far from being as bad as “The Edge of Reason”, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” falls somewhere in between. By trying to replicate the success of the first film, this sequel falls a bit short, but I still had a good time watching it. Renee Zellwegger reprises the role that made her a sensation in the early 2000’s (and earned her an Oscar nomination): she’s in her 40’s now, still single and rocking that TV news producer job. Since Hugh Grant is a no show this time around (we learn early on that he tragically passed away in a plane crash), Colin Firth needs a new rival. That would be McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey. Following a one-night stand with Dempsey and later on with Firth, Bridget learns that she is…wait for it…pregnant! Who’s the father? I’ll never tell. Part of the fun is watching both men battle it out. Yet for all its laughs, this sequel is buoyed most by its tenderness. In a year filled with disappointing sequels, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” reminds us of what made us fall in love with Bridget Jones in the first place. For fans of the series, that’s worth every penny.

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