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Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth return in the follow-up to the hit, Bridget Jones' Diary.

In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, we ride-along with Jones as she flitters along the edge of deep psychosis (perhaps that is a bit extreme, but you must admit that Bridget is messed up) regarding her attorney boyfriend and whether he is, or is not, committed and faithful. In this latest installment, we get Jones, plump and cuddly everywoman, who is happily entangled with barrister Mark Darcy, her crush from the first film. While she loves him and he, apparently, loves her, she worries that she doesn't fit in with his crowd or, sadly... with him. Worse, Jones is threatened by the beautiful and bubbly Rebecca (played by Jacinda Barrett), Mark's co-worker with whom he is spending a lot of time.

Jones is caught up in various embarrassments while she is also pursued by her former boyfriend, Daniel Cleaver (Grant), who wants one more romp in Bridget's knickers. IN the end, she struggles to unentangle her emotions and her boyfriend's feelings and set her life straight.

Up front and for the record, I hated the first film. I dislike the character, hated the premise and despised the acting. It was like trying to get through a root canal without novocaine. Surprisingly, especially since the critics seemed to love the first and be non-responsive to this one, I actually reasonably enjoyed this one. Don't get me wrong. I still think Bridget is a hopeless frump and her entire tale leaves me cold. However, unlike the first, this one had several rather entertaining and humerous incidents that saw Bridget sliding out-of-control down a ski hill, tripping on mushrooms in Thailand and imprisoned for (attempted) smuggling, a violation of which she was quite unaware.

Beeban Kidron (director) maintained much of the same look and feel in this film, from the first. The cast fell into their parts as if they'd never left. I guess for anyone and everyone that identifies and empathizes with Jones, this will be a satisfying couple of hours. However, the title of the film The Edge of Reason delivers the most telling description, letting us know just what a pschizophrenic ride we're in for, along with Ms. Jones.
There is some way to play the film 'with the quiz'. You get this as an option when you start the disc. I think that the quiz under Daniel's special features is the one you get, most likely served-up in some graphical manner during the film. However, I didn't check the quiz out in that way, rather I accessed via the special features menu. I don't know about you, but I don't like a bunch of graphical interaction popping-up when I'm trying to check out a movie.

Daniel's Hotel Room contains 2 separate mini-features: The Big Fight and "Who's Your Man?" Quiz. The first of the features (The Big Fight) discusses the fight between Darcy and Cleaver, by looking at the fight from this film and the previous fight from the original film. Basically, we get a look at two of the quintessential 'sissies' and how they might fight if that would be what you would call it. The next feature is a quiz for girls, about men. So... I guess I've not got much use for that. I did have my wife complete the quiz, though, and found out... that MARK DARCY would be her man (of the 2 offered). BLAH... Dumb quiz.

Bridget's Desk contains the Feature Commentary with Director Beeban Kidron and the Deleted Scenes with Introductions. The commentary is reasonably interesting. There is a lot that goes into making Bridget so strange and insecure. The deleted scenes are a lot of the same, we get the comments on the construct and, ultimately, the cutting of the scenes. Fairly interesting, but not 'must see' material.

Mark's Law Office contains Mark and Bridget: Forever?, Bridget Jones Interviews Colin Firth and Lonely London. The first featurette looks at Mark and Bridget's romance and deconstructs the whole myth that surrounds Bridget being able to land a handsome big-shot lawyer. In the second featurette, we get a quick little interview (Bridget Jones interviewing Colin Firth, the actor that was made famous in Pride and Prejudice). Kind of funny. Watching 1 actor 'in character' and the other 'out of character' rolling through an interview. Finally, in the last featurette, we hear more about the film and the filming of the scene of Darcy and Bridget in their respective windows, peering out over the city, but both very much alone, amidst other couples who are not alone.
On the 32" HD LCD with the DVD in progressive scan, the film plays without any digital artifacts or pixelation and delivers bright, crisp color and the deep and dreary tones of London.
Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, this film has a decent audio track. While this isn't a film that begs to be ripped from your audio system, there are a number of songs that do play well and sound great (contemporary arrangements on some classics rock and romance songs).
We get a standard Amray case with Jones (Zellweger) front-and-center, flanked by Cleaver (Grant) and Darcy (Firth). The labels above them "Big Delemma" for Jones, "Big Liar" for Cleaver and "Big Lawyer" for Darcy don't do justice to the characters in the film, but the package is reasonably effective and marketing the pic to the Jones faithful. Title treatment is the same as we've seen on the film's theatrical posters. On the back, the special features are detailed in script (to mimic, we're sure, Jones' handwriting). The description is provided with a few shots from the film.
More entertaining than the first, the film will undoubtedly strike a chord with the Jones faithful and will be, for that group, an entertaining and worthwhile addition to the library.

For the rest of us, I'm certain we'll be quite happy just renting this one or, in many cases, bypassing it altogether.

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