Without a doubt, and in truly girly fashion, Torontoist has to vote Bridget for this week’s film. The distributors even ‘pushed the film’s release up a week’ because demand was so high. We love this (highly specious) argument. And we love Bridge, even if she is a selfish, gluttonous, awkward ninny. And even if ALL the advance buzz is telling us this sequel is a total dud. Bridget Jones’ Edge of Reason the book was a little suspect, capitalizing, as it did, on the whole ‘wrongfully arrested for selling drugs in Thailand and thrown in a Thai Jail’ trend, a la a number of films at that time – Brokedown Palace, Return to Paradise.
But while those movies were pure suck, despite the Thai Jail Trend, a movie with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant and no Clare Danes cannot be completely miserable. Torontoist recognizes it might be alienating its core audience, 18-34 year-old Ipod-owning urban males, with this brazen chickflick romcom of a recommendation, but you have to risk unpopularity for a cause sometimes. And this is one of those times.