Renée Zellweger Reveals All About Bridget Jones' Unplanned Pregnancy

Renée Zellweger Reveals All About Bridget Jones' Unplanned Pregnancy

This is Bridget's story, and as it unfolds her interactions with other women are just as important. Her willingness to leap headlong into intimidating situations and courageous the mortifying consequences defines the character as much as her pursuit of storybook romance or desire for poise and confidence.

At the beginning of Bridget Jones's Baby, rom-com icon Bridget (Renée Zellweger) laments that somehow, at 43, she's found herself in the familiar position of spending her birthday alone on her couch, in her pajamas, blaring "All by Myself", and it's hard not to share her exasperation. She's got a cool job producing the nightly news, and hip, thirtysomething friends to make up for the old pack, whom she sees less and less often now that they've paired off and started having kids.

Some scenes echo those from the previous films but Bridget Jones's Baby can stand on its own. Single and bitter about it, but she tries to move on and parties. To make matters worse, she doesn't know who the father is; whether it's the new guy that she met Jack (Patrick Dempsey) or her ex-boyfriend Mark (Colin Firth). Cleaver played a large part in Fielding's scenario, but when Grant declined to reprise the role, it necessitated a rethink. Or maybe it's our old friend Darcy (Colin Firth), who still sounds as if he's handing Bridget a detention every time he utters her name through clenched teeth?

Just after Bridget Jones delivers her baby, her doctor calls both Mark and Jack away to reveal to them which of them is the father. They frequent bars with the same crowd, still drink too much and shirk responsibility with undiminished aplomb. Only a small role for Emma Thompson (also co-credited with the screenplay, along with Jones author Helen Fielding) as Bridget's obstetrician provides anything close to the same edgy energy. If you don't want the surprise ruined, stop reading now - this post contains Bridget Jones's Baby spoilers!

Renée Zellweger Reveals All About Bridget Jones' Unplanned Pregnancy
Renée Zellweger Reveals All About Bridget Jones' Unplanned Pregnancy

Yet Bridget insists on a sex life, even when it's far from the supportive partnership she had in mind. I'll wager that in the sequel yet to come, Bridget will renegotiate Brexit, with Darcy as her legal eagle.

This isn't the first time Jones' bewitching charms have claimed two men at once.

"Bridget Jones's Baby" is directed by Sharon Maguire-who also directed the first Jones film, "Bridget Jones's Diary"-and the latest entry is a welcome improvement on 2004's inane "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason". That turns out to be McDreamy himself: Patrick Dempsey, who plays an internet mogul named Jack.

Bridget Jones is back! There's no filler in its 122 minutes, which allows the characters enough breathing room to consider their choices.

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