Bridget Jones is a figurehead for the romantic comedy genre — a genre oft-reviled for letting a plot device as simple as finding love carry a film. But come on: This is something that people, both men and women, want in our lives. Bridget Jones, as both a character and romcom juggernaut, shouldn’t be faulted for celebrating this pursuit. So why should we fault the (mostly female) public who will line up for this? And why should I deride this movie for being another unnecessary, unasked-for sequel, with subject matter like “love” and “babies” in this dark, apocalyptic 2016? I won’t (122 min.).
Director: Sharon Maguire
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Amelia Granger, Liza Chasin and Helen Fielding
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, James Callis, Sarah Solemani, Gemma Jones and Sally Phillips