That's because Bridget Jones's Baby is far less interested in offering new jokes than in breaking out a greatest hits collection of everything audiences might have once adored about the bumbling, unlucky-in-love-and-everything-else Bridget and her movies.
The actress reprises her role as the hapless, unlucky-in-love Bridget for the third film in the franchise, reuniting onscreen with Colin, who plays Mark Darcy, and appearing alongside series newcomer Patrick, who portrays the British actor's new love rival, Jack Qwant.
Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey), an American tech billionaire who has leveraged his match-making algorithm into a successful dating app, is the ideal new mistake, as opposed to old mistake Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), the fussbudget workaholic lawyer with whom things never worked out. The first Bridget Jones movie, which came out in 2001, broke ground for featuring an overweight, clumsy woman who couldn't keep her shirt tucked in as the girl who had 2 good looking, successful men fighting over her. 15 years later, Bridget may have wrinkles, but she still gets the guy. The scene in which she finally comes clean to both of them at the same time is a meticulous piece of comedy writing, acting and directing.
BOTTOM LINE: What a treat it is to dive back into the cozy world of Bridget Jones, who is the kind of old friend you can pick up with right where it left off, no matter how long it's been. When Bridget's co-worker tries to call her a MILF, she protests, "I'm not even a mum". Bridget's sexual mishap isn't played against her, the film actually cuts to the chase pretty quickly and has the film focus on Bridget's life balancing two possible fathers rather than selfishly keeping it from them.
Meanwhile, Maguire said that it was very hard for Bridget to choose between Mark and Jack because they are both "kind of nice guys".
Both men hop to the challenge, trying to out-partner one another at every turn. Joining them on-screen will be Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Emma Thompson.
That being said, let me warn you: Daniel Cleaver, Grant's marvelously shifty cad in the first two movies, is dead. And she is certainly not like that other single gal of her time, Carrie Bradshaw, who seemed to become less and less relatable as the years went by.
Bridget Jones's Baby is not a comedy for the ages, but it's interesting to see a rom-com starring a middle-aged woman grappling with irrelevance in the workplace. If we're lucky, we'll get to check in with Bridget again in another few years. There's no filler in its 122 minutes, which allows the characters enough breathing room to consider their choices.
"Bridget Jones's Baby", a Universal Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "language, sex references and some nudity".