Bridget Jones’s Baby is the third in the Bridget Jones saga starring Renée Zellweger. Bridget Jones’s story is significant because it has been a woman-fronted comedy success story for 15 years.
With Renée Zellweger returning as Bridget and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy the familiar characters are still with us. Coming into the Baby story is an American character played by Patrick Dempsey. After nights with both these dashing men, Bridget unexpectedly finds herself expecting. But who is the father of the baby?
Emma Thompson plays a doctor in the film. Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones return as Bridget’s mum and dad. All together, the cast is outstanding. Not only are the original actors still showing up to work on the Bridget Jones story, the director of Bridget Jones’s Diary from 2001, Sharon Maguire, returns to direct.
The Bridget Jones series is the first movie trilogy directed exclusively by female directors. Beeban Kidron directed Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
At least in the US, the trend among career oriented women is to wait until their 40s t0 have children. This demographic trend that may have significant effects in the future. Here we have a career woman who is doing this, but by accident. I don’t expect a comedy to get into anything significant, but it would be a nice thing to think about. If this film is true to the franchise, the situation will be played strictly for laughs.
According to the film’s trivia information at IMDB, this is not an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, the third novel in the Bridget Jones series. Instead it’s based on an original screenplay which Fielding wrote with David Nicholls.
Bridget Jones’s Baby opens in the US and UK on September 16, 2016.