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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I enjoy "fine dining", presenting programs on radios 4MBS, MBS Light and 4RPH and going to drama and music at Brisbane theatres.
Published September 17th 2016
Laugh out loud funny
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This reviewer must admit to going to Bridget Jones' Baby with the low bench mark that it might be better than the previous eminently forgettable sequel.

Perhaps the low expectations helped.

And almost certainly Emma Thomson's script writing talents made a significant difference. Take the wonderful advice against partners being present at the business end of a birth -- "like watching your favourite pub burn down".

The film was full of laugh out loud moments.

The audience at the preview roared with spontaneous laughter – often.

Forget the tabloid frenzy about Zellweger's appearance.

She was cringe-makingly wonderful in this movie – same accent, same walk, same accident prone capacity to make impetuous doomed choices, and wonderfully inappropriate comments.

One audience member was observed watching some scenes through her fingers.

Bridget is older, promoted (somewhat unconvincingly) but in her private life no wiser.

Expect some outrageous pregnancy slapstick, with Emma Thomson's counterpoint as a wryly witty gynaecologist (please keep her somehow if there is another episode ; we would love to have more of this character).

Surprisingly, one is left wondering if this sequel is in fact better than the original.

Witty, wacky, perceptive, outrageous, and very very funny we were not in the least perturbed by the over the top plot.

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Colin Firth manages to combine all his best qualities with a gravitas which somehow survives the anarchy all around him.

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Hugh Grant gets killed off early in the piece (cue to Bridget Jones' funeral speech eminently suited to through the fingers viewing) – or does he? With off stage scripting issues clearly now resolved, maybe he will be back. That said, we would be sorry to lose Patrick Dempsey, who is an excellent foil to Firth.

Cheap wine has a lot to do with Bridget's problems.

However, this time round, let's raise a glass of underpriced plonk to all of the luminaries who ensured that Bridget is back on her unpredictable and unmissable form.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually hoping for another Bridget Jones movie.

Provided Emma Thomson is one of the writers and actors.





• Directed by Sharon Maguire
• Written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson
• Starring Renιe Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

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