April 12, 2017

Bridget Jones' Baby (2016)

Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

My husband will literally stop everything he is doing and watch the entirety of Bad Boys every time he sees it on TV. This is how I feel about Bridget Jones's Diary. There is no bad time to watch it. And not a week of my life goes by where I don't quote a line from that movie. (We're obviously a fun couple to hang out with.)

But after the disappointment that was Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, I tried to remain cautiously optimistic about this long-anticipated sequel. I mean, how good could it be without Hugh Grant?

The answer is, it couldn't be. Patrick Dempsey is not an adequate replacement for Hugh Grant. Maybe it's because he will always be Ronald Miller (Can't Buy Me Love) to me, but I just can't swoon over him, no matter how hard they try to make his character desirable. So not only is he not as charming as Hugh Grant, no woman could ever reasonably choose him over Colin Firth. It's like it was doomed to fail.

The only thing I was pleasantly surprised by was what a non-factor Renee Zellwegger's drastic plastic surgery and lack of weight gain turned out to be. It's not that I care she changed her face - it's her face, after all. But Bridget Jones sort of centers around what a chubby loser she is, so I was worried she would lose her Bridget-ness without that look. But as it turned out, they addressed her altered appearance, which makes me wonder what the hell this writer was going on and on about. There were plenty of things to complain about in the movie and her face was not one of them.

I know that all the iterations of this movie have been silly, so it seems unnecessarily picky to point out out the silliness of this movie. But honestly, when the entire plot hinges on a "problem" that could be solved in four minutes at the doctor, it's hard to defend it. I hate needles as much as anyone, but to reasonably assume two men would go along for such an absurd ride just to allow the woman to avoid a medical procedure is a story that could only have been dreamed up by people who write romantic comedies. So, no. It's not exactly realistic.

Final word: If the plot hadn't centered around a character I already loved, I probably wouldn't have been able to sit through the entire thing. 

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