Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

Bridget Jones Baby
Directed by Sharon Maguire
Written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson

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It’s been 12 years since we last saw Helen Fielding’s infamous character Bridget Jones, the wait is over and she has returned and is somewhat better than ever. In the third installment of the series, Bridget Jones’s Baby, directed by Sharon Maguire, who by the way did not direct the second, which we will pretend never existed at this point, because it could possibly be one of the worst sequels in movie history, comes back and is now 43 years old and at a completely different stage in her life. Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is in a similar position as when we first met her back in 2001, sitting all alone in her apartment, but where in the first film she felt defeated, she is now okay with being single and happy that she has a great career as a successful news producer. She jumps around her house and embraces her place in the world.

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What has changed now is that all her friends are married with babies, the weekly rant sessions at the bar have been replaced by catching up at children’s birthday parties. Everyone is too busy to hang out, but Bridget finds comfort in hanging out with her 30-something pals at the news station. Miranda (Sarah Solemani) the head reporter at the channel, is just as crazy and funny as Bridget and decides to take her on a weekend romp to a music festival. Once again, we are reminded that she is still the bumbling mess she has always been when she meets Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey) and decides to have a roll in the hay with him.

Back at home, Bridget continues to run into Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and it is obvious that a connection still exists. You could hear the beating hearts and internal swooning of every woman in the theater every time he entered the screen. Darcy is still the same stern face, no-nonsense guy as before and despite his lack of emotional communication skills, Bridget is still endeared to him. There is just something about the two of them that is magnetic and infectious to watch. I think it reminds people of unrequited love and the ephemeral feeling of the “one that got away.”

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Being that the film is about a baby, well you can guess what happens to Bridget. She becomes pregnant and must figure out who the real father is because it could be either Jack or Mark. What ensues from here, is all typical Bridget and it worked. Many of the scenarios and scenes in the film were similar to those in the first, but it didn’t feel trite and overplayed, it actually made sense and was fun to watch. I think Zellweger’s personality shined through and reminded us why we loved her character so much. Bridget is not living in a perfect world and doesn’t do everything right, nor does she always want to do the right thing, like most women in rom-com movies do, and that’s what makes her so loveable. She is every girl and despite being a mess, still a great role model for women. She stands up for what she believes in even if it embarrasses her and she is willing to own up to her mistakes.

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Zellweger was great in the film and it was great to see her back on the screen after being gone from the movie industry for over 6 years. Her smile is infectious and you just can’t help, but love her all over here again. What can I say, she had me at hello. Firth was equally great, he always delivers and knows how to play the Darcy role to perfection. Dempsey was great as the other viable father, he was charming and sweet and reminded everyone how he got that McDreamy nickname in the first place. Solemani stood out to me. I haven’t seen her in much and I have to say she almost stole the movie from Bridget. I would love to see a spin off on her life and mishaps.

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If you enjoyed the first film, then you will definitely love this one. It’s funny, quirky, silly, not the best movie in the world, but fun to watch and really that is the whole reason we go to movies in the first place. This is the perfect movie to see with girlfriends and a great reminder that even though life isn’t always perfect, if Bridget can make the best of it, so can we.

}}Melissa

Top 10 Movie Men Crushes

Zoe over at http://zuts.wordpress.com/  (excuse me for putting the link this way, I was having issues this morning trying to get this to work) has been kind enough to post my top 10 crush list. It’s running rampant on the blogs and it was such a fun list to make, I can’t wait to see your guys’ lists.

Top 10 Movie Men Crushes

Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

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I have had a crush on Matt Damon since I was a teenager; I used to have pictures of him on my wall. LOL. This movie inspired my crush, not only is he so cute, I love the way he doesn’t take his intelligence seriously and his little attitude and chip on his shoulder is what makes him so hot in this flick. How do you like them apples?

Jake Gyllenhal in Brokeback Mountain

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In this film he plays Jack Twist, the sheep herder, bronco rider, who falls in love with Ennis Del Mar played by Heath Ledger. He plays a vulnerable and sweet gay man in love with another super hot guy. Their relationship is tender and soulful and I just fell in love with the way he looked at Ledger with his big, brown puppy dog eyes.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic

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Ok what teenage girl did not love Leo in this movie? He plays Jack Dawson who falls in love with the rich and privileged Rose DeWitt Bukater. Sigh, the way that these two star crossed lovers fall for each other is so sweet and cute. I really wanted him to take me to the top of the ship and scream, “I am the king of the world” with him.

John Travolta in Urban Cowboy

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The way that his character of Bud falls for and protects Sissy is so heartfelt. The love they have for one another is electric and the way he will do anything for her made me fall in love with him. Plus it makes every girl think if she can just do a two-step, she can meet a really hot cowboy. Not to mention, the 1970’s Travolta is so hot.

Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire

Ok, anything and everything that Brad Pitt has been in is noteworthy. He always looks flawless, that is just a given, an unnatural fact of life. In this flick he plays the sexy, immortal vampire Louis. Although he is a vampire he has a heart of gold and doesn’t really want to kill innocent people. Close second is Pitt in Legends of the Fall. I mean look at his hair, it’s gorgeous, and I just want to brush his luscious locks. I would definitely become a fang banger for him!

Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

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If you are a female or gay male and reading this and disagree with me, then you just are not right in the head. One of the greatest love stories in any movie, he plays Noah, the poor guy who falls for the rich girl in town, Allie. He would do anything and did everything for her. A guy who will build me a house and wait for me, okay, that’s it, the clothes are coming off.

Bradley Cooper in The Hangover

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He doesn’t play a traditional romantic character at all in this movie, but what I love about him is his cocky attitude. He plays Phil, one of the Hangover boys who got super drunk and lost his friend. He acts like a jerk and is all about going out and having a good time. Not only is his hair so hot in this movie, his attitude is what makes him crush-worthy here.

Channing Tatum in Magic Mike

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Ok, I don’t care that this is the cheesiest of ones to put in here, but how could I have a list and not mention him? Although, he plays the incomparable male stripper Mike, he is sweet and nice. Throughout the movie he realizes he is over booty calls and one night hookups and he wants to fall in love. Plus there is the scene where he dances to Genuwine’s “Ride it my Pony” song, if that doesn’t convince you I don’t know what will.

Jared Leto in My So Called Life

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I am cheating with this one and using a television character, but the guy he plays is such the epitome of every girl’s crush that I had to include it. He plays Jordan Catalano, Angela Chase’s love interest in high school. I think every single girl out there has had a crush on a Jordan at some point in their life. The guy who barely acknowledges you in public, won’t hold your hand, or tell his friends about you, but behind closed doors is so sweet. One minute he makes you believe you are the one for him and another completely ignores you. Despite all his wrong doings and misgivings, you can’t help but like him because he is the guy that gives you butterflies in your stomach. To this day when I see Jared Leto on the screen, I think sigh, Jordan Catalano, the love of my life, the one who got away.

Colin Firth in Bridget Jones Diary

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I absolutely love this movie; it reminds me of my single days, when I had the perpetual ability to always pick the wrong man. In it he plays Mark Darcy, the guy us women usually don’t fall for, he’s nice, dresses like a nerd and lives a pretty normal life. He’s not edgy, cocky or the life of the party, but he is the guy that we secretly want to love. As he tells Bridget, “I like you very much. Just as you are.”

}}Melissa