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Bridget Jones’s Baby

The comic saga continues with Miz Jones now facing motherhood



More than a decade after the previous Bridget Jones film comes this third installment, featuring the titular character (Renee Zellweger) meeting a major milestone: motherhood. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey play the leading men competing for Bridget’s affections in a “who’s the daddy” battle straight out of an episode of the Maury Show. Unlike its predecessors, this update, directed by Sharon Maguire, doesn’t follow the plot of the books; it seems to have all the hallmarks of a film trying to milk a franchise for every penny. But that’s not actually how it turns out: This sequel, written in part by the series’ novelist, Helen Fielding, features both witty and outrageous humor that extends beyond the usual rom-com. Bridget’s tribulations as an aging woman forced to adapt to new technology and a workplace overrun by millennials add a relatable contemporary element without feeling gimmicky. And the main and supporting characters — essentially Bridget’s friends and family — remind us why we fell in love with the series in the first place.

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