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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

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After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

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Beeban Kidron

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Helen Fielding (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Bridget Jones
Gemma Jones ... Mum
Jim Broadbent ... Dad
James Faulkner ... Uncle Geoffrey
Celia Imrie ... Una Alconbury
Dominic McHale Dominic McHale ... Bernard
Colin Firth ... Mark Darcy
Donald Douglas ... Admiral Darcy
Shirley Dixon ... Mrs. Darcy
Neil Pearson ... Richard Finch
Rosalind Halstead ... Receptionist
Luis Soto ... Mexican Ambassador
Tom Brooke ... Production Assistant
Hugh Grant ... Daniel Cleaver
Alba Fleming Furlan Alba Fleming Furlan ... Girl in Rome
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Storyline

The story picks up four weeks after the first film, and already Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy. Apart from discovering that he's a conservative voter, she has to deal with a new boss, strange contractor, and the worst vacation of her life. Written by lcheala@imdb.com

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Big Lawyer. Big Liar. Big Problem See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | German | Thai

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,684,055, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$40,226,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,703,979
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The poem Daniel quotes to Bridget on the boat while in Thailand is a translation of the famous "Phra Aphai Manee", a famous epic poem about a hero/ prince who, among other things, wooes and marries many princesses. The part he quotes is when Phra Aphai Manee wooes his head wife, Suwan Malee. See more »

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Even though the film is set six weeks after the original in 2001, when Bridget and Mark are travelling in Mark's BMW it has a '53' numberplate which were issued between 1st September 2003 and 28th February 2004. See more »

Quotes

Mark Darcy: As a matter of fact, I have a question to ask you.
Bridget Jones: Okay. As long as it's not, "Will you marry me?"
[chuckles. Mark looks devastated]
Bridget Jones: Oh, God... It *is* "Will you marry me?"
Mark Darcy: Well, I'm not going to say it now.
Bridget Jones: No, no, no! Just wait!
[runs back to the door]
Mark Darcy: The moment's gone, Bridget.
Bridget Jones: We've just come out into the corridor and you say, "I've got a question to ask you" and then I don't say *anything*!
[pause]
[...]
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Mamma Mia! (2015) See more »

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Written by Bruce Brody (as Brody), Sam Brown (as Brown) and Gregg Sutton (as Sutton)
Performed by Jamelia
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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A bit repetitive but evens out at the end
21 November 2004 | by djfrenchy911See all my reviews

This new movie is OK, but I would have liked to have seen Sharon MacGuire direct instead of someone trying to steadfastly follow the tone of the first one. The narrative is very shaky and the first half of the movie was one embarrassing gag after another with only a few allusions to the original book (it veered off severely at certain points and made Bridget's friends and family very periferal to the story). Nevertheless, I think I identified with this movie more than the first one even though I liked the first one better.

As for the weight, I am very familiar with those issues. I personally think the director made sure Renee's clothes did not look right or fit her to make her weight issue more noticeable. All those sleeveless outfits helped. Her weight was always supposed to be around 130 lbs and she did not look that chubby in the first movie. I have a theory, this might have something to do with Richard Curtis who co-wrote this movie and wrote and directed Love Actually. He made a lot of fat jokes at the expense of the PM's love interest in that one. I think the battle to keep a decent weight is a very private one and it is a lot easier to cast a naturally thin woman who can put on or take off weight with more ease than one who is naturally a Bridget-sized person who struggles with weight because there are too many jokes in the movie about her weight. I think that kind of stigma can live with a person. Renee dropped most of the weight within two months of wrapping the film.

I do like the "just as you are" theme of the movie. The idea that someone could like Bridget in spite of her inward and outward flaws (and her paranoia) and could find her an intrinsically good person is a really good message. The fact is, most romantic comedies use gorgeous women, give them minor flaws or insecurities ("woe is me, I can't get a man!) and the guys eventually swoon for the girl. In the case of this movie, while the slapstick might have felt unrealistic, the romance felt real. Darcy never stopped caring for Bridget and he fought for her (literally) because he wanted to protect her from all of those who though he deserved better than her.

Overall, this movie is uneven but good because you can identify with the characters


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