Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason

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Director: Beeban Kidron
     
 

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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

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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. 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

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0025192672026
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

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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Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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I absolutely adore Bridget Jones! I saw this on big screen and it was great! Okay, I admit, the first is always best, but when compared to the "Edge of Reason" book, the movie has the best ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first bridget jones was funny and so cute but the second one was hilarious. the ski scene is the best in the movie and i loved every moment of it. the situations she naively gets herself into..... and you have got to love colin firth and hugh grant. i didn't think there was anyway it could come close to being as good as the first bridget jones but i was greatly pleased when i went to go see it. a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lead character was more annoying, silly, and stupid in the sequel. We did not enjoy the performance as much and found her less attractive and even chubbier than she was in the first movie. But Colin Firth is exceptional as is Hugh Grant, and it was a really enjoyable cute movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I know sequels rarely live up to the originals, but this one was just plain stupid. The entire time I found myself asking why. Why in what is such a perfect relationship does Bridget walk away and why, if Mark loves her so much, does he let her go so easily. You want the answer? Because if not for the forced drama of the breakup, there'd be no reason for a sequel. And that's just how this movie felt...forced. Mark tracks down Hugh Grant for another fight. Lame. And the jailhouse scenes? Are they supposed to be funny? I wanted this to be a good movie because I loved the first one so much. And once again, I'm sick of seeing an average sized woman being portrayed as "fat" Give me a break. The only thing that looked plump about Rene in either movie was her face. Yes, she didn't look like the normal skin and bones hollywood standard. But saying she is fat is offensive to normal, healthy looking women everywhere. And this is coming from a guy. Anyway, stay away from this one if you want to keep your same view of the characters and magic of the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the rare movies where part two is actually better than the first one. If i fall asleep on a movie during a transatlantic flight, it means its bad, really bad. I will watch anything just to pass some time. Part Two was hillarious, witty, funny and definetly a must. Yes, of course i had my husband watch it as well and can't really say if he was honest with me or not but he said he liked it. Indication that he did so ( he didn't fall asleep). Good movie...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the Bridget Jones novels were published I read them and enjoyed them. But I missed the movies in the cinema because of the busy-ness of my own real life (marriage, baby, profession). I made up for lost time when lately I was home sick for a few days and needed some distracting but not tiring entertainment. My local library lent me the first movie and I found this one at my neighborhood B&N for a great price. Even after viewing it 2-3 times, it is still funny. My husband had some good laughs from it too--it's not just a movie for women. There are some memorable scenes (Daniel asks how well he performs in bed; Mark's initial reaction to Bridget's possible pregnancy; Bridget's unwitting trial of magic mushrooms and Bridget's arrival at the airport after her Thailand adventure--good dialogue between her and her parents.) The cast did very well: Renée Zellweger was convincing enough that I felt her emotions such as when Mark visited her in prison. Hugh Grant once again played so well the singleminded, slightly smarmy yet charming lover and Colin Firth carries on as the still-stiff Mark Darcy. Sally Phillips, James Callis, Shirley Henderson, Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent shine as supporting cast members and I've become fans of theirs as a result of the Bridget Jones films. Readers of the books will note that the script is not perfectly true to Helen Fielding's words but, then, movies never are. The Rebecca character in the book has been changed and split in two, in a sense, yielding Rebecca as Mark's slim assistant and Janie the Jellyfish. Fortunately, the Thai prison chapter is intact, even including the singing with makeshift microphones. My only complaint is that a few parts of the script fall a little flat in spots, such as near the end when Bridget bursts into what she thinks is Mark's office. There is perhaps too much physical comedy--poor Bridget is doused or dirtied a little more than seems fair. But she carries forth, "still perky" as she says, and gives us an entertaining film worth watching over and over. Now that I am healthy again I still enjoy it. Included on the dvd are a handful of deleted scenes. The production values vary in their quality, naturally, as they were not included in the final cut. But they are worth viewing for the depth they add to the story, especially during the time when Bridget and Mark have broken up and their future together is uncertain. I also appreciated the director's insights and explanations of why she included what she did. I hope the rumors are true, that there will be a third Bridget Jones film in 2011 and that the cast will remain as before with the previous films. If only they would allow Mark Darcy to relax and take off his suit more often (wet white shirt is optional).
classics_30 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie! Bridget Jones is a hilarious, make you feel so good about yourself kind of movie. I have seen it before, but forgot just how funny it was, I was actually laughing out loud and crying. Bridget is so real and vulnerable and puts herself into the most outragous situations. This is a must see!
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