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One little bump. One big question.

Over fifteen years ago, we were introduced to a clumsy, lighthearted, spirited British woman, determined to improve herself while she looked for love in a year in which she kept a personal diary. Since then, we’ve seen her fall in and out of love, lose and gain weight, struggle with embarrassing parents, and deal with a cast of devoted friends.

This time, Renee Zellweger is back as the lovable, flawed, self-doubting woman on a mission, whose inner monologue is the audience trusted friend. Despite failing to find happily ever after with the strict and slightly arrogant Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), she’s still single, almost 43, and dealing with the fact that her friends have started families of their own.

Like the previous installments, Bridget turns to her Chardonnay and trusty Jamie O’Neal’s “All By Myself.” However, instead of the usual sulking, Bridget is tricked into attending a music festival, where she conveniently meets Jack (Patrick Dempsey), who happens to be a millionaire entrepreneur.

During a night of drunken Ed Sheeran (yes, the singer) escapades, she finds herself in the bed of McDreamy. To further complicate matters, Mr. Darcy has walked back into her life, thus leading to another sexual encounter. While Bridget is celebrating getting her groove back, she not only discovers she’s pregnant, but because the encounters happened so closely together, she has no idea who the father is — which is only made funnier due to her highly amused doctor (played by Emma Thompson).

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Bridget Jones’s Baby is a delightful escape. Director Sharon Maguire does her best to bring forth humor in what could be a repetitive, unoriginal romantic comedy. Most of the humor comes from Emma Thompson, who serves as a co-writer and as a result, her sharp, witty lines make for one of the most entertaining movies in the franchise.

The movie is far from perfect. Baby is a film for fans of the franchise, however, director Sharon Maguire didn’t get the memo. Instead of trusting the audience and their devotion/memory of the series, she relies too heavily on flashbacks and music montages so that by the time the baby’s father is revealed, the audience is exhausted.

A pure nostalgic film, fans will instantly fall back in love with Jones. There’s a sort of easiness to Zellweger, Firth and Dempsey that feels like everyone is having fun rather than reciting lines. The rivalry between Firth and Dempsey comes across as lighthearted and supportive.When it’s not beating you over the head with images of yesteryear, the film is refreshing. Despite the story line, this is not an episode of the Maury Povich Show.

Completely rewriting life in the real world, Baby is a film without any real consequence; where there’s nothing to worry about because at the end of the day, everything will be tied together with a neat, adorable bow. While this would be a problem with most films, when it comes to escapism like this, sometimes it’s best to just let it go.

Directed By: Sharon Maguire

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson

Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward

Written By: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson

Date released: September 16th, 2016

Distributed By: Universal Pictures

Run Time: 123 minutes

Rating: R

About The Author

Dana Abercrombie
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Former genius and a woman of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by her mystery, Dana Abercrombie has been watching since birth (yes birth...we did say "genius"). Despite her secret desire of wanting to give it all up to become a gorgeous billionaire, Dana is most passionate about films often times getting in many heated debates resulting in being thrown out of many gatherings. Despite having a degree in English AND Journalism (multi-tasking FTW!) from the University at Albany-SUNY, she is currently interested in perusing a degree at Yale Law School, because one should never give up on a dream of becoming a gorgeous billionaire...and knowing how to sue someone as a result of those heated debates.