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. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"

You can overlook the obvious all you want, but self-delusion leads to unacceptance and the basis of this romantic comedy is unacceptable. It wants you to believe that there are good looking guys around who will overlook clumsy awkwardness and nagging persistence in their supposed adoration for their woman. What it does is make them look like fatuous dummies who are role-playing to make a buck.

If there had to be a sequel to the successful story of an overweight gal overcoming her identity crisis, why couldn't she have slimmed down and gathered some respectable self-control? Can't spoil it for the demographic that flooded the boxoffice for "Bridget Jones Diary", the original, eh? The result is a zanier piece of slapshtick that tends to fall flatter than the proverbial pancake makeup.

Starting out, TV journalist Bridget (Renee Zellwegger) is happily secure in the affections of handsome lawyer Mark (Colin Firth) who seems unabashedly in love with the slightly outsized diarist. But when she notices the time he spends with gorgeous colleague (Jacinda Barrett), alarm signals go off and she reverts to the insecure mess she is at the core.

Her control becomes weaker than ever as she tries to keep her guy and, even, get him to commit himself to her in marriage. We're left with a less and less appealing heroine with diminishing charm, oafish behavior, clinging desperation, and a one-track personality. It's as though director Beeban Kidron and her four credited writers (including Helen Fielding, the novelist!) think comedy is derived from a heaping up of embarrassments. Instead, it caused me to check for the quickest exit from the theatre but not before heartthrob Hugh Grant is reprised from his role in the earlier film and somehow pasted into this clumsy scenario which goes from bad to ridiculous.

You've heard of a bad hair day? This is a bad hair movie.

Zellwegger may have comedic gifts, but they don't add enough positive ingredients to salvage this poorly balanced recipe. Its desperate and ineffective reach for humor is as unappetizing as it is unreasonable.

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