BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (M)
One obvious expectation, no real surprises UK, 126 min
Bridget Jones is back after a decade-plus holiday from cinemas. Did you miss her? If so, this breezy, middle-of-theroad crowd-pleaser will pass muster easily. If not all that memorably. While Bridget (once again played by Renee Zellweger) is now 43 years old, she is very much the same Ms. Jones: No man, no plan, and no foreseeable change on the near horizon. However, on the far horizon – remember the title of the film – all kinds of changes are on the way. Fast-forward to the middle of the picture where Bridget is pregnant, and not so sure about who the father might be. Two random trysts leave dashing billionaire Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey) and long-lost love Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) as equally culpable candidates for parenthood. The wait until we finally hear the pitter patter of little feet definitely goes on way too long. Scenes padded out push the running time past two hours, which is asking too much of even the most brilliant movie comedies.