Picks and Pans Review: Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

updated 11/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST


Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

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If you cozied up to 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary—count me among its fans—this sequel will prove almost as engaging because, hey, it's déjà vu all over again. We're talking the same ditsy, diary-scribbling heroine still obsessing over her weight and still torn between two gorgeous men, each of whom thinks she's swell. If the new movie suffers from a warmed-over feeling, chalk it up to there being no crying need to make Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason other than that everyone concerned probably saw a chance to score a lucrative paycheck and revisit characters they'd enjoyed playing the first time around.

Reason finds Londoner Bridget Jones (Zellweger) still making a fool of herself as a features reporter on TV but now going steady with Mark Darcy (Firth), the priggish lawyer in whose arms she ended up in the first film. After breaking up these lovebirds on the flimsiest of pretexts, the sequel dispatches Jones to Thailand, where her bad-boy ex-beau (Grant) shows up, reaffirms his enthusiasm for her oversize panties and tries to lure her back into his bed. Best new scene: Jones in a Thai prison, coaching her fellow inmates in singing Madonna tunes.

Zellweger, Firth and Grant all give entertaining performances, with Grant first among equals. The more incorrigible a character he plays, the greater his scampish charm. (R)

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