The first Bridget Jones movie was a cute comedy that leaned on novelties (Renee Zellweger as a slightly overweight nincompoop, Hugh Grant as a foul-mouthed cad) whenever a dry patch emerged. Those novelties have worn off in The Edge of Reason, and plenty of cookie-cutterisms emerge to take their place. The best moments of the first movie are half-reenacted here, and the rest is either contrived or plot-by-numbers. Jones fanatics will enjoy seeing what happens next, and Reason is enjoyable in a movie-of-the-week sort of way but that’s about the only upside this one provides.

Extras: Director commentary, alternate intro/deleted scenes, “Who’s Your Man?” quiz, two behind-the-scenes features, Bridget Jones interviews co-star Colin Firth.

DVD Grade: B

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