Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason

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Director: Beeban Kidron

Cast: Beeban Kidron, Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth


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Based on author Helen Fielding's sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks after the original film left off, with Bridget (Renée Zellweger) emotionally satisfied at long last with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), her barrister boyfriend. Stability in Bridget's life, however, quickly becomes a contradiction in terms.See more details below


Based on author Helen Fielding's sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks after the original film left off, with Bridget (Renée Zellweger) emotionally satisfied at long last with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), her barrister boyfriend. Stability in Bridget's life, however, quickly becomes a contradiction in terms. Though Mark is openly supportive of Bridget's eccentricities -- and there are many -- she is nonetheless threatened by Mark's young, nubile intern, not to mention irked at finding out that he is, among other less desirable qualities in her eyes, a conservative voter. Complicating issues further is the reentrance of her ex-lover, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), whom Jones, perhaps mistakenly, thought she had finally gotten over. Before long, the situation escalates into another series of embarrassing circumstances for Bridget, who is faced once again with a crippling feeling of self-doubt and has only her diary and friends to combat it. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Renée Zellweger packed on the pounds once again to play the pleasantly plump protagonist of Helen Fielding's bestselling novels in this delightful sequel. Some viewers didn't find Edge of Reason quite as funny as Bridget Jones's Diary, perhaps because Bridget's fate -- romantically speaking -- is never in much doubt. However, the sequel is richer in incident and offers Zellweger's character more expansive opportunities to make a fool of herself. The story opens with Bridget working on a popular TV show while she's happily involved with diplomat Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). But after they have a fight over practically nothing, she impetuously decides to accept an assignment that takes her to Thailand, where she runs into former employer and erstwhile cad Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and winds up in prison on a drug-smuggling charge. Even in her most hapless, dimwitted moments Bridget remains an appealing young woman, thanks largely to Zellweger's skill in making her believable and sympathetic. She isn't the first person who's made a wrong turn on the road to love, and even at her most foolish she retains an endearingly girlish charm. Grant and Firth repeat their characterizations from the first film with uncanny fidelity, although we personally think that getting them into another brawl over Bridget is a bit of a stretch. But this is Zellweger's movie all the way: she makes us love her even when she's embarrassing herself horribly, and that takes some doing. A lesser actress would never be able to pull it off with such aplomb.
All Movie Guide
Helen Fielding had the sense to be self-deprecating in the title of her second Bridget Jones novel, and director Beeban Kidron considers that her license to concoct a film that's altogether unreasonable indeed. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason once again makes hay of the title character's tendency to go fanny up, flogging the slapstick until it's as wet as Renée Zellweger after repeated puddle drenchings. Zellweger gamely regained the pounds for another go-around, but the audience was less eager this time, leaving the film lost in the 2004 holiday shuffle. The embarrassments heaped upon Jones have taken on a perfunctory quality by this second installment. She continually finds herself stammering in front of Darcy's coterie of international dignitaries, and when the out-of-control Jones haplessly skis into the midst of a professional downhill race, it's hack-level stuff. However, there is a point at which the absurdity (a bizarre second-act plot twist that shouldn't be ruined) goes to such lengths, the joke seems intentional, enough for the film to rebound toward something more sublime. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant again play the candidates for Bridget's affections, though Firth's character is so stiff and unsmiling, the audience almost roots for Grant's lothario to win their inevitable tussle in a public fountain.

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Product Details

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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; An alternate beginning and more of Bridget's comic mishaps in never-before-seen deleted scenes; Who do you fancy? Mark or Daniel? Find out in the "Who's Your Man?" quiz; What happens when a big lawyer and a big liar face off for Bridget's affections? A comic look inside "The Big Fight" reveals all; Mark and Bridget Forever? Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth discuss the ups, downs and wobbly bits of their relationship; A hilarious interview from serious journalist Bridget Jones and actor Colin Firth

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones
Hugh Grant Daniel Cleaver
Colin Firth Mark Darcy
Jim Broadbent Bridget's Dad
Gemma Jones Bridget's Mum
Jacinda Barrett Rebecca
James Callis Tom
Shirley Henderson Jude
Sally Phillips Shazzer
Neil Pearson Richard Finch
Jessica Stevenson Magda
Paul Nicholls Jed
Catherine Russell Camilla
Celia Imre Una
James Faulkner Uncle Geoffrey
Celia Imrie Una Alconbury
Campbell Graham Hamish
Joan Blackham Shirley
Dominic McHale Bernard
Donald Douglas Admiral Darcy
Shirley Dixon Mrs. Darcy
Alex Fixsen Cameraman in Aircraft
David Cann Cameraman in Field
Rosalind Halstead Receptionist
Luis Soto Mexican Ambassador
Tom Brooke Production Assistant
Alba Fleming Furlan Girl in Rome
Lucy Robinson Janey
David Verrey Giles Benwick
Mark Tandy Derek
Stephanie O'Rourke Sexy P.A.
Jeremy Paxman Himself
Flaminia Cinque Scary Corset Lady
Trevor Fox Hairdresser
Alex Jennings Horatio
Ian McNeice Quizmaster
Phillip Gardner Toastmaster
Wolf Kahler Commentator
Lilo Bauer Chemist
Hans Flaschberger Chemist Customer
Sabina Michael Chemist Customer
Paul Humpoletz Chemist Customer
Joe Caffrey Homeless Man
David Auker Clive - Man on Plane
Patrick Baladi Steward
Rong Kaomulkadee Thai Chef
Ting-Ting Hu Thai Prostitute
Michelle Lee Thai Police Woman
Hon Ping Tang Thai Jail Guard
Suthas Bhoopongsa Dudwani
Jason Watkins Charlie Parker-Knowles
Vee Vimolmal Phrao
Melissa Ashworth Thai Jail Girl
Pui Fan Lee Thai Jail Girl
Oliver Chris Director in Gallery
Sam Hazeldine Journalist
Amanda Haberland Journalist
Neil Dudgeon Taxi Driver
Peter Gordon Porter
Sam Beazley Very Old Man
Simon Andreu Trobat Mr. Santiago
Arturo Venegas Mr. Hernandez
Frances Jeater Miss Gallagher
Christopher Adamson Man in Corridor
Richard Braine Vicar

Technical Credits
Beeban Kidron Director
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
Adam Brooks Screenwriter
Jonathan Cavendish Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Richard Curtis Screenwriter
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Eric Fellner Producer
Helen Fielding Screenwriter
Nick Foley Sound/Sound Designer
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Michelle Guish Casting
Greg Hayden Editor
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Paul Inglis Art Director
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Stacy Mann Casting
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Brand New Diary (Main Titles)
2. Thinking of You
3. Meeting at Mark's House
4. A Changed Man
5. Manic Makeover
6. All Apologies
7. Holiday in Heaven
8. Family Arrangement
9. Boyfriend Blues
10. Travel Plans
11. Magical Thailand
12. Misunderstanding
13. Bail Bonds
14. Wet Behind the Ears
15. Homecoming Surprise
16. Wishful Thinking (End Titles)


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