Bridget Jones's Baby
|Bridget Jones's Baby|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sharon Maguire|
by Helen Fielding
|Music by||Craig Armstrong|
|Edited by||Melanie Ann Oliver|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$212 million|
Bridget Jones's Baby is a 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the fictional columns by Fielding. It is the third film in the franchise and a sequel to 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The film stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, who after becoming pregnant is unsure if Mark Darcy (Colin Firth, also reprising his role) or Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) is the father.
Filming began on 2 October 2015 in London. The film was released theatrically on 16 September 2016 in the United Kingdom and United States and on 5 October in France. It received generally positive reviews and grossed over $211 million worldwide.
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On her forty-third birthday, Bridget Jones (Zellweger, age 46 when filmed) is awoken by her mother reminding her that her biological clock is ticking and her time to have children is running out. Later that day, she attends the funeral of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), who is presumed dead after a plane crash. While there, she sees her ex Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) with his new wife Camilla. Embarrassed at being single while Mark has moved on, she pretends that another funeral guest is her partner. They bump into each other after the service, have a brief awkward chat, and then go their separate ways.
Bridget now works as a television producer and is close friends with anchor Miranda (Sarah Solemani), who offers to take her out for her birthday. Bridget has already made plans to celebrate with her three best friends, but they all cancel on her at the last minute due to family commitments. In the end, she spends the night alone at home.
Deciding to embrace her single life, Bridget accepts Miranda's offer to go away together for a girls' weekend. They go to a music festival, where her friend challenges her to sleep with the first man she meets in order to finally get over Mark and break her celibacy. Inappropriately dressed for a music festival, Bridget falls head-first in a mud pool and is helped up by a random stranger. He is struck by Bridget and, as she walks away, introduces himself as Jack. After attending an Ed Sheeran concert late at night, a drunk Bridget crawls into a yurt she thinks belongs to her and Miranda, but actually belongs to Jack. Despite the surprise, Jack invites her to stay - the two have a one-night stand and in the morning, finding the bed empty, Bridget makes her escape. Jack returns having bought breakfast for both of them, and is disappointed to find that she has gone.
After returning home, Bridget goes to the christening of Jude's youngest child, where she is the godmother and Mark has been asked to be the godfather at the last minute. Bridget and Mark awkwardly pose for the christening photos - as Bridget walks away with the baby, both turn back to look at each other, suggesting they may still harbour romantic feelings for each other. After a few drinks help them overcome their initial awkwardness, while dancing Mark tells her that he and his wife are in the process of divorcing, and that Camilla was at Daniel's funeral not as his wife but just to offer him support.
Realising they are still in love, Bridget and Mark spend the night together. When Mark reveals he is travelling for work early the next day, Bridget is reminded that during all their years together, he had always put work before their relationship and so leaves in the morning before he wakes up, leaving behind a note telling him that reconnecting with him is too painful and lonely.
A few weeks later, Bridget finds that she is gaining weight despite dieting and exercising. Her best friend Shazzer suggests she might be pregnant. With Miranda's help, Bridget confirms that she is in fact pregnant and decides that she wants to keep the baby despite being single, as it might be her last chance to have a child. After a visit to the clinic of Dr. Rawlings (Emma Thompson), she realizes that it is impossible to work out the father based on dates and that she doesn't have a way of contacting the handsome stranger. However, by chance Miranda spots him on an tv ad - he is in fact Jack Qwant, a billionaire inventor of a dating website.
Miranda conspires with Bridget to have Jack invited as a guest on their news show, so that their make-up artist colleague can take hair samples to enable a DNA test to be carried out to confirm or eliminate Jack as the father, and so that Miranda can probe him on his sexual and personal history. Their new boss is impressed by their idea of having Jack Qwant as a guest - at the taping, the make-up artist is able to nab samples of Jack's hair and nails. Although Bridget tries to stay incognito, Jack catches a glimpse of her and recognizes her - he catches up with her after the show and confronts her on why she has humiliated him on his sexual history on live TV and on why she left without a word after their night together. She apologises and decides to tell him that she is pregnant and that he is the father, without mentioning Mark. Initially taken aback at the responsibility of having a child with a stranger he's only had a one-night-stand with, Jack then decides to throw himself into the role of being a father and supporting Bridget and the baby.
Unsure of her feelings for Jack and feeling that things are moving too quickly, Bridget decides to go forward and tell Mark the news as well. However, Mark is so thrilled at the prospect of having a child with Bridget that she cannot find the courage to tell him about Jack.
At the clinic, Dr. Rawlings is preparing to administer the DNA test - however, having seen the size of the needle, Bridge decides not to go ahead with the test while her child is still in the womb, as she is terrified by the small risk of miscarriage. She persuades Dr. Rawlings to go through the ante-natal appointments twice, once with Jack and another time with Mark, to keep up the pretense that each might be the father til the birth.
Bridget invites Jack to a work event, and is startled when Mark shows up as well. The two men immediately take a liking to each other, finding the other's professional accomplishments impressive. The three of them go out to dinner, where Bridget finally comes clean and tells them that she is unsure who the father is. Although disappointed, Jack takes the news well and tells Bridget that the child is the priority. Mark, however, is upset and walks out.
At an ante-natal class, Jack arrives early and Bridget is gratified when Mark shows up as well. Jack and Mark are mistaken for a gay couple with Bridget as their surrogate, much to Mark's discomfort and Jack's amusement. Mark is also jealous at the easy rapport that Jack has developed with Bridget in a short time, and his warmth in taking care of her. Bridget experiences cramps and goes to the hospital, taking Jack with her as she is unable to reach Mark. When at last Mark arrives, he is upset to see the two laughing together and embracing. Mark and Jack fight and Bridget sends them out of the room. Outside, Jack implies that he and Bridget had sex without condoms, making Mark less likely to be the father. Hurt and disappointed, he abruptly leaves once again and ignores Bridget's calls.
Bridget continues to prepare for the birth, now with only Jack by her side. They have a heart-to-heart, during which he confesses that life for him is lonely and asks her to move in with him. He asks Bridget if he is still in love with Mark, and she tells him that she has been in the past - he also asks her if she is in love with him, and she responds that she could learn to be. Bridget asks Jack if he would still want to move in together if Mark turned out to be the father of the baby - he tells her that in that case, he would need to re-evaluate their relationship as it would not feel right to him to be raising another man's child. Finally, he confesses to Bridget that the reason Mark has been absent is because Jack heavily implied that Mark was unlikely to be the father. Upset, Bridget rushes to talk to Mark, but sees his wife arriving at his house, so she walks away.
At nine months of pregnancy, Bridget quits her job rather than being fired by her new boss for her numerous gaffes and unprofessional mishaps. Unemployed, exhausted, and hungry, she goes out food-shopping but has her card eaten by a cashpoint machine and locks herself out of the bank lobby, leaving her keys and her food inside. When no one buzzes her up to her building, she slumps outside her apartment in the rain. Having had a change of heart, Mark suddenly arrives and breaks into the flat for her. After Bridget asks him about seeing him with his wife at his flat, he informs her that he and his wife are still going through with their divorce, and that she was only at the flat to pick up the last of her things. Just as they are about to kiss, Bridget's waters break. When his phone rings for work, Mark throws it out the window, which although romantic, leaves them without a means to call help. They enlist the help of a local restaurant waiter to get them to hospital, but a traffic jam forces them to walk instead. Overtaken by the contractions, Bridget cannot walk and Mark offers to carry her, but almost collapses with the effort. Jack arrives just in time and the two of them get Bridget to the hospital.
During labour, both Mark and Jack try to help Bridget through the pain, as she is too dilated to take any pain-reducing drugs. At one point, due to the pain she accidentally punches Jack in the nose. She reaches out to Mark for comfort, and he reassures her that she is strong and can get through labour and that he will love her no matter whether the child is his or not, while sustaining an agonizing bite to the wrist by Bridget due to the pain. While Jack and Mark wait outside to give Bridget some space, Jack apologizes to Mark for his behaviour. Bridget gives birth to a boy, and her friends and parents come to visit them. Dr. Rawlings takes Mark and Jack away to perform the DNA test. Having bonded over time, the two men genuinely wish each other luck.
A year later, Bridget is at church for her wedding. At the altar, she is greeted by Jack who is holding the baby - he then steps aside to let Mark forward. Bridget and Mark finally get married. After the wedding, Mark and Jack, who are now friends, head to the reception together. While Jack is playing with the baby, Mark jokingly asks him whether he is traumatising his son - revealing that Mark is, after all, the father of Bridget's baby. Immensely happy at being married to the man she loves, with a beautiful healthy child, Bridget kisses the baby, who they've named William Jones Darcy, while following Mark and Jack to the reception. A newspaper lying on a bench reveals that Daniel Cleaver has been found alive.
- Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, a clumsy but loveable forty three year old woman and the daughter of Pamela and Colin Jones, godmother to Poppy and best friend to Miranda, Sharon, Magda and Woney. Bridget is also the romantic interest to both Mark Darcy and Jack Qwant and later Mark's wife and mother to his child, William Jones Darcy.
- Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, QC, an intelligent but rather dull and emotionless lawyer. Throughout the series, he serves as Bridget's romantic interest and later becomes her husband and father to their son, William.
- Patrick Dempsey as Jack Qwant, a charming, handsome American mathematician who serves as one of Bridget's romantic interests and the possible father of her baby.
- Jim Broadbent as Mr. Colin Jones, Bridget's father, Mark's father-in-law and William's grandfather.
- Gemma Jones as Mrs. Pamela Jones, Bridget's old-fashioned, rather insensitive but loving mother and also Mark's mother-in-law and baby William's grandmother. Pamela also won the annual primary elections making her President of the Council but left just as her name was being announced because Bridget was giving birth which shows she cares for he daughter a lot.
- Sally Phillips as Sharon "Shazzer"
- James Callis as Tom
- Shirley Henderson as Jude
- Julian Rhind-Tutt as Fergus, Shazzer's husband
- Ben Willbond as Giles, Jude's husband
- Sarah Solemani as Miranda, Bridget's cheeky and wild friend and Hard News's anchorwoman
- Neil Pearson as Richard Finch, Bridget's colleague
- Kate O'Flynn as Alice Peabody, Hard News's new demanding and scary manager
- Joanna Scanlan as Cathy, Hard News's make-up artist
- Emma Thompson as Doctor Rawlings
- Celia Imrie as Una Alconbury, Pamela's friend
- James Faulkner as Uncle Geoffrey, Una's husband
- Enzo Cilenti as Gianni, the owner of an Italian restaurant
- Jessica Hynes as Magda, Bridget's friend and a lawyer's wife
- Dolly Wells as Woney, Bridget's old friend
- Agni Scott as Camilla, Mark's ex-wife
- Shirley Dixon as Mrs Darcy, Mark's mother
- Donald Douglas as Admiral Darcy, Mark's father
- Nick Mohammed as Ariyaratna, the Area manager for DTC technological solutions
- Patrick Malahide as George Wilkins, foreign minister
- Katia Elizarova as Glamorous Looking Woman, ex-girlfriend of Daniel Cleaver
- Tom Rosenthal as Josh, a researcher of Hard News
- Beattie Edmondson as Laura, young assistant of Bridget
- Laura Checkley as Susan, floor manager of Hard News
- Darren Boyd as Jeremy
- Bruce Wang as General Lu Tong
- Chooye Bay as General Lu Tong's driver
- Janet Henfrey as Mavis Enderbury, a rival of Pamela, who ran for municipal council
- Rafferty Railton as Spike, Shazzer and Fergus' son
- Abigail Kimber as Ruby, Shazzer and Fergus' daughter
- Amy Jayne as Poppy, Jude and Giles' daughter
- Ed Sheeran as himself
In July 2009, Variety announced that a third instalment of the Bridget Jones films was in the early stages of development. Working Title Films confirmed that it would not be based on Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel, but instead would be based on the columns she wrote for The Independent in 2005. On 1 March 2011, it was reported that both Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth were interested in reprising their roles. In July 2011, Paul Feig was in final talks to direct the film based on the script by author Fielding. On 11 August 2011, Universal Studios and Working Title greenlit the third film. On 4 October 2011, Deadline reported that Feig had exited the project due to creative differences with Working Title, and Feig had also worked on the recent draft of the script. Production was slated to begin in January 2012 with the returning cast including Zellweger, Firth, and Hugh Grant. On 30 November 2011, Peter Cattaneo came on board to direct the sequel, newly titled "Bridget Jones's Baby" from a script by Fielding, Feig, and David Nicholls. Producers on board were Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, along with Jonathan Cavendish of Little Bird. The production was delayed due to creative differences between the script of the film and actors, especially Grant as he disliked the script and reportedly Grant had left the project, though this was denied by producer Bevan. However, the producer confirmed that they were working on the script and the film would be made as planned.
In April 2013, Firth spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times, stating "unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait", and he said he "wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going, you might be seeing Bridget Jones's granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there." In an interview on 10 October 2014, Grant mentioned an existing script for a sequel, though he also expressed his dislike for it, and stated that he would not star in the third film. Later in the next week, producers hired Emma Thompson to rewrite the original script written by Fielding and Nicholls.
On 25 June 2015, it was reported that final negotiations for the film were going on and Sharon Maguire, director of the first film would return to direct the third film. Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent were also in talks to return for the third film to join the cast. On 9 September 2015, Patrick Dempsey joined the cast of the film.
Filming for a short period began in July 2015 in Dublin, where the first scenes for the film were shot at Ed Sheeran's concert at Croke Park. Official principal photography with the actual cast began on 2 October 2015 in London.
The Television Studio interior scenes, the Hospital Ward interiors and various other scenes were shot on Stages 5 and 6 at West London Film Studios.
On 13 October 2015, shooting was taking place at Borough Market, and later in October in Windsor Great Park, at Rosy Bottom. According to the Daily Mail, filming took place at a church in Oxfordshire in October; other sources mention filming at St Lawrence's Church, West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
In October 2015, Bridget Jones's Baby was set for a 16 September 2016 release. On 23 March the first trailer was released. Like the previous two films, the movie received an R rating in the United States. Zellweger's physical appearance in the trailer for the film has rekindled a debate about the possibility that Zellweger had plastic surgery, which began in 2014 when she re-emerged from a long hiatus. An editorial focused on the trailer for the film by Variety critic Owen Gleiberman titled "Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?" prompted a response from Zellweger, who called the scrutiny over her appearance "sexist" and attributing her difference in appearance solely to "ageing," and wrote an open essay explaining her response in the weeks before the film's release.
Bridget Jones's Baby grossed $212 million worldwide, including $24.1 million in the United States and Canada and $60 million in the United Kingdom, against a budget of $35 million.
The film was released in North America on 16 September 2016 and was projected to gross $12–16 million in its opening weekend from 2,927 theaters. It made $364,000 from its Thursday night previews and $3 million on its first day. In total, the film made $8.2 million in its opening weekend, falling below projections and scoring the lowest opening of the series.
Internationally, where Universal Pictures handled most of the releases, the film fared better and especially in the UK where the previous two installments registered the biggest grossers. It debuted day-and-date in conjuncture with its North American release in 41 countries, including big markets like the UK and Ireland, Russia, Australia, Mexico and Spain in its opening weekend. The film will be released in a total of 62 countries. It scored the biggest opening day in the franchise in the UK, the Netherlands and Latin America including Mexico, Panama and Peru, and had number-one opening days in the UK, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa and Ukraine. Through Sunday, 18 September, it had an opening weekend of $29.9 million from 39 markets and debuted at number one in 24 of them. It was in second place at the box office, behind A Chinese Odyssey Part Three. It topped the international box office in its second weekend, earning $21.9 million from 47 markets. It recorded the biggest debut in the franchise and had number-one openings in certain markets like Australia ($4.2 million), the Netherlands ($1.9 million), Spain ($1.7 million), Iceland and New Zealand and bowed at second place in France ($3.7 million) and Russia ($1.4 million).
In the United Kingdom and Ireland – the biggest market for the first two films – the film opened on Friday, 16 September, and recorded the biggest comedy/romantic comedy opening day ever, as well as the biggest Working Title and September opening of all time with $4 million at 641 theaters. It went on to score a record breaking £8.11 million ($10.5 million) opening and dominated 57% of the total market share which is the biggest romantic comedy opening weekend ever in the UK; the biggest opening weekend ever for Working Title; and the biggest September launch weekend of all time. Excluding previews, the film has the seventh biggest debut of the year. The film fell just 20% in its second weekend to £6.4 million ($8.3 million) and continued to lead the box office for the third consecutive weekend, despite the influx of a row of competitions. After three straight wins, it was surpassed by The Girl on the Train in its fourth weekend. It broke a number of records including the fastest romantic comedy to earn £30 million, doing so on its seventeenth day (the first film took 31 days and the second film took 24 days). It has so far grossed a total of $54 million there becoming the biggest market outside of North America like its predecessors. Adjusted for inflation it is the lowest-grossing film behind both the films (£73.1 million and £57.8 million respectively).
After 31 days of playing in theaters, the film became the biggest film in the franchise in the United Kingdom with £42.24 million, surpassing the first film's final gross of £42 million. It currently sits as the third biggest film of 2016 behind Finding Dory (£42.25 million) and The Jungle Book (£46.1 million). In Netherlands, it is the highest-grossing Working Title picture of all time with $8.1 million — passing Notting Hill (1999), which held the record for 17 years.
Bridget Jones's Baby received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 78%, based on 200 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Bridget Jones's Baby might be late on arrival, but fans of the series should still find its third installment a bouncing bundle of joy." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a score 59 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Awards and nominations
|2017||ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||Top Box Office Movie||Craig Armstrong||Won|
|2017||Diversity in Media Awards||Movie of the Year||Bridget Jones's Baby||Nominated|
|2017||EDA Awards||AWFJ Hall of Shame||Sharon Maguire||Won|
|2017||European Film Awards||People's Choice Award for Best European Film||Sharon Maguire||Nominated|
|2017||Globes de Cristal Awards||Best Foreign Film||Sharon Maguire||Nominated|
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