BRID­GET JONES’S BABY (M)

One ob­vi­ous ex­pec­ta­tion, no real sur­prises UK, 126 min

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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.

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