Bridget Jones’ Baby: Just For Fun
by Sandra Olmsted
Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), the symbolic modern woman for many, returns with a new adventure, this time in motherhood, as only Bridget Jones and Zellweger can do it. A perennial screw up and single girl, Bridget, now 43, still embodies the experience of being a woman pulled snagged, and shagged as it is here, between traditional roles and the independence and responsibilities of modernity. The story picks up with Bridget as an established television producer who soon attends a memorial for old flame Daniel (Hugh Grant), who has gone missing in South America i.e. the wilds of not coming back for this third installment in the franchise. The memorial service sets the stage for Bridget’s snarky observations, first whispered to friends and then, at the encouragement of Daniel’s mother, Bridget’s gift for not getting what to say exactly polite but often correct kicks in with a vengeance, hilariously so. She was probably unnerved, as she so easily is, by the appearance of another old flame, Mark (Colin Firth), and his wife at the memorial. Encouraged to celebrate her birthday with a weekend at a music festival by friend and co-worker Jude (Shirley Henderson), Bridget shows her stuck-in-the-past beliefs when she comes dressed an all-white outfit to the muddy field (this is rainy Old England) of apparently identical yurts. The white outfit and all-too-similar yurts lead to not only a meet cute but a delicious impromptu shag with Jack (Patrick Dempsey), a rather charming and very accommodating American, who it turns out is an online dating guru. A week later at a christening, Bridget runs into one time sweetheart Mark, who is now practically divorced. Then Bridget and Mark rekindle their difficult, but deeply-held, love for one night of passion. In the morning, Mark finds only an empty bed and a note from Bridget explaining she can’t have a relationship with him again because they tend to disappoint each other too much and too often. Meanwhile, Bridget has other problems, namely the ultra-hipster new boss (Kate O’Flynn) at the television station. Being required to make her show shallow and hip rubs Bridget and Jude the wrong way, but Bridget soon discovers she really needs her job. Emma Thompson who steals the scene after scene as Dr. Rawlings, Bridget’s very perceptive gynecologist. The scene was delightful where Zellweger and Thompson negotiate the problems of Bridget’s problematic paternity situation and “geriatric” pregnancy. Zellweger and Thompson have good chemistry as sparring and later cooperating characters. Firth and Dempsey are equally good as heartthrobs, and Henderson also makes an excellent best friend and conspirator for Zellweger. The well-timed comic acting and the talented performers, include the many ones reprising roles from the two earlier installments, make the small problems with the script almost unnoticeable. Director Sharon Maguire, who directed the 2001 original, brings back the whimsy and power of Bridget’s everywoman experience negotiating womanhood in the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries. Because Bridget Jones’ Baby is not an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s 2013 Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, the third novel in her Bridget Jones series, perhaps there are more adventures ahead for Bridget and her fans. The original adaptation, Bridget Jones’ Diary, is well worth revisiting. Although Bridget Jones’ Baby is clearly aimed at the female audiences, Maguire includes plenty of gags that capture the problems of impending fatherhood for males, especially because Bridget has trouble telling Mark and Jack that she doesn’t know which is the father and won’t until the baby is born. Neither will the audiences unless unscrupulous reviewers spill the beans. Because Bridget Jones’ Baby is not an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s 2013 Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, the third novel in her Bridget Jones series, perhaps there are more adventures ahead for Bridget and her fans Bridget Jones’ Baby is rated R for language, sex references, and some nudity and is definitely an adult comedy and does require suspending disbelief, but let go and just have fun as Bridget and company poke fun at getting older and dealing with the new hip. Bridget Jones’ Baby, a Miramax release, runs a quickly-paced, fun and funny, 122 minutes, and is in theaters now. Bridget Jones is still wacky with Renee Zellweger revising the role with Colin Firth and a new man in her life Patrick Dempsey in Bridget Jones Baby now playing area theaters
Hazelwood’s Fall Food Truck Night Oct. 4
Charles Glenn,who sings the National Anthem at St. Louis Blues home games, will be the headline entertainer at Hazelwood’s Fall Food Truck Night on Tuesday, October 4th, at Howdershell Park, 6810 Howdershell Road. Food can be purchased from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainment starting at 6 p.m.
Tallent, Butler Join Campbell In State Boys Swimming Qualifying
By Jim Wieners
Two juniors, Drew Tallent of McCluer and Jaylan Butler of Hazelwood East, joins Hazelwood West junior Spencer Campbell in qualifying for State Boys Swimming Nov. 4-5 at St. Peters Rec-Plex, since there are no districts.
Hazelwood Central, Trinity Football Rolling To 5-0 Starts
By Jim Wieners
Starting the High School Football season 5-0 is nothing new for Hazelwood Central as the Hawks have been doing that very often since Hazelwood High became Hazelwood Central in the fall of 1974.
Bittersweet Events on Art
As we walked onto the red, white and blue display on Art Hill in Forest Park, we heard a soft tinkling sound. It was as if tiny bells were chiming, randomly, constantly. American flags, 6,868 of them, were waving gently on this warm early-September morning. Each one symbolized a fallen member of the US Military, men and women from every branch who had given the ultimate sacrifice in wars since that fate-filled day of September 11, 2001.
Fans Watching the Rams
By Randy Gardner
I know you might not want to hear about it but I am going to write about it anyway. That was a big win for the LA Rams. Don’t say you didn’t watch it, I know many here did., more than the tv ratings showed.