Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason
Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jacinda Barrett
What has gone wrong with the Jones films is that the central character shouldn't be female at all.
A recent survey revealed that the current generation of single, desperate thirtysomethings are, in fact, men.
So with the second outing of the wonderful Zellweger as the hapless lady with the complicated love life and granny bloomers there comes a profound feeling of disappointment, as with sausages long past their sell-by date.
Zellweger remains charmingly haphazard, but she has been given a dismally weak script which she cannot fully overcome. The film is, in too many respects, poor.
Firth, playing Bridget's romantic interest, Mark Darcy, is downright boring, Grant, playing Daniel Cleaver with great gusto, is, if it's true that women love cads, is the one she should be with if she wants danger and excitement in her life.
Here, we find Bridget and Mark still together - it being a short time after the original storyline - but with Barrett snopping around. Into this triangle comes Daniel; and all is confusion.
There is, though, nothing new about Edge of Reason. There are some, but too few, decent moments but the parts do not contribute to a whole.