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Issue: Summer 2004-5

Bridget Jones Beyond the Edge of Reason movie review

So you thought Bridget Jones found love everlasting?

Although Bridget Jones Diary is inspired by Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Bridget is not Elizabeth, although Darcy is pretty close to Mr Darcy of yore.

Our Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is just a touch insecure and given to jealousy, especially when confronted with her boyfriend's (Colin Firth) competent, attractive, co-worker.

And just when her self-confidence is at its lowest ebb, who should return but Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). Cleaver's just as charming and feckless as ever, and when Bridget is caught by foreign customs with the wrong items in her bag, Cleaver is quick to disappear into the crowd.

Movie poster, Bridget Jones Beyond the Edge of Reason; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Bridget Jones Beyond the Edge of Reason
Same Bridget. Brand new diary.

But Bridget finds time in the Asian crowded prison to befriend the inmates and have a bit of a singalong before she is finally released.

Did Cleaver finally do the right thing, or was it Darcy who came to her rescue?

Will Bridget's path of true love ever run smooth, or will she always be stumbling from one disaster to another?

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 11 November 2004
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See also: Bridget Jones Diary; Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually)

Just the facts:

Title: Bridget Jones Beyond the Edge of Reason (2004)
Written by: Jane Austen (novel Pride and Prejudice); Helen Fielding (novel); Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, Adam Brooks
Directed by: Beeban Kidron
running time: 108 mins
rating: M

The Players: Renée Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent,

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