Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)



Critic Consensus: Bridget Jones's Baby might be late on arrival, but fans of the series should still find its third installment a bouncing bundle of joy.

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Oscar (R) winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's favorite singleton in Bridget Jones's Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding's heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones's (Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch...she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones's franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson to the cast. Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward. Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones's Baby in North America and select international territories.
R (for language, sex references and some nudity)
Comedy , Romance
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Renée Zellweger
as Bridget Jones
Jim Broadbent
as Bridget's Dad
Colin Firth
as Mark Darcy
Emma Thompson
as Dr. Rawlings
Gemma Jones
as Bridget's Mum
James Faulkner
as Uncle Geoffrey
Janet Henfrey
as Mavis Enderbury
Darren Boyd
as Jeremy
Enzo Cilenti
as Gianni
Patrick Malahide
as George Wilkins
Dominic Coleman
as Village Hill Photographer
Richard Rycroft
as Election Official
Neil Pearson
as Richard Finch
John Webb
as Hard News Studio Vision Mixer
Dolly Wells
as Woney
Joanna Scanlan
as Cathy- Makeup Lady
Shirley Dixon
as Mrs. Darcy
Adam Leese
as Photographer
Cathy Murphy
as Cashier
Sally Phillips
as Shazzer
Cameron Lane
as Boy Three
David Crow
as Wedding Minister
Paul Bentall
as Minister
Ashley McGuire
as Midwife
Tom Rosenthal
as Josh- Researcher
Chooye Bay
as Studio Guest
Ed Sheeran
as Himself
David Forest
as Graham
Bruce Wang
as General Lu Tong
Donald Douglas
as Admiral Darcy
Nick Mohammed
as Ariyaratna
Beattie Edmondson
as Laura (Young Assistant)
Katia Elizarova
as Glamorous-Looking Woman
Sarah Solemani
as Miranda
Erron Gordon
as Hard News Studio Director
Laura Pearce
as Head News Studio PA
Will Firth
as Dreadlocked Guy
Amy Jayne
as Poppy
Alana Hood
as Ginny
George Barnden
as Boy One
Ben Ashenden
as Pierce
Aiste Gramantaite
as Girl Band Member 1
Maria Alexe
as Girl Band Member 3
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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (40)

Although it's patchy and gives off an air of trying too hard, the movie is surprisingly funny.

Full Review… | September 20, 2016
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Sweet, slight and fitfully funny, it's a movie admirers of the earlier films should mildly enjoy, but cast in terms any new parent can understand, isn't worth the price of a sitter.

Full Review… | September 19, 2016
Top Critic

So reliably does she embarrass herself at every public event that the film, trudging by on automatic, becomes an embarrassment, too.

Full Review… | September 18, 2016
New Yorker
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Pregnant with possibility, but it fails to deliver.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
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I'd like to raise a glass of Chardonnay and toast Bridget Jones's Baby on its (mostly) hilarious, and long-anticipated, homecoming.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Globe and Mail
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Welcome back, Bridget Jones.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Bridget Jones's Baby

As far as Bridget Jones movies go, this is definitely the second best. The second movie was horrific, the first was a masterpiece, and the the third installment is just a wonderful bundle of laughs and nostalgia. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with Bridge again in her forties as she navigates upcoming motherhood in a way only she could.

Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia

If you saw the original Bridget Jones, you can get a warped sense of déjà vu from this - the world hasn't changed, nothing has advanced, except that suddenly everyone is a lot older including you (and the Hugh Grant character is "dead"). This unease can linger depressingly after you exit the show, even though you were laughing before. The elephant in the room is the dramatic ageing of the main characters: it takes a long time before the air gets cleared. As a result the film risks being just plain tragic. The screenplay and direction let Bridget down: only her stock of good will and a sharp supporting cast save the day. She is too self-conscious and silly for a 43 year old, and the Young-Bridget-style behaviour has the effect of ageing the Now-Bridget further. Darcy mostly looks like he would rather be anywhere else. Everyone seems embarrassed. Eventually, things do change though, once Bridget is obviously pregnant, and the real feeling emerges. Finally, Zellweger can cut through the dross, and in the small spaces available to her, she creates a touching portrait of middle-aged, single motherhood, funny and dramatic, full of angst, loneliness, and her enormous love for her baby. As Bridget faces reality so does the film, with some really funny digs at ageing. But its big problem is falling between the two stools of Then and Now, with scarce bridging of the two. As if Now Bridget couldn't have brought us another uniquely wise and charming story in her own right, without being shackled to her long-outgrown self. By blatantly cashing in, the film missed that opportunity.

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The true second Bridget Jones installment. It's actually the third installment, but the second one was truly not as hilarious as the first one so I claim this to be the second installment and return of the franchise. Bridget Jones's Baby represents another blast of laughter and it's been years ever since a Bridget Jones installment. Don't miss this.

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