BRID­GET JONES BABY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

★★★

Di­rected by Sharon Maguire. Star­ring Renée Zell­weger, Colin Firth, Pa­trick Dempsey, Emma

Thomp­son, Jim Broad­bent Ten years af­ter the events of the last film, Brid­get (rather late in life) finds her­self preg­nant. But is the fa­ther Mark Darcy (Firth) or this Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire (Dempsey). A vast im­prove­ment Edge of

Rea­son, BB’s Baby tones down the broad hu­mour and du­bi­ous gen­der pol­i­tics to de­liver a sur­pris­ingly sober en­ter­tain­ment. True, the love ri­vals aren’t suf­fi­ciently con­trasted and the juke­box sound­track is ex­haust­ing. But this is much bet­ter than we had a right to sus­pect. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 123 min

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