What we have not seen too many of are movies about women seeking love. Bridget Jones's Baby (NC16, 123 minutes, opens tomorrow, 3.5/5 stars) comes from a time before studio executives declared rom-coms unbankable. This movie was supposed to have been made years ago, but script problems and star Renee Zellweger's five-year break from show business put the project on ice.In fact, the disappearance of Hugh Grant, who as the ne'er-do-well Daniel Cleaver formed one corner of the love triangle in the previous two Bridget Jones films, is a side-effect of the script turmoil.
PHOTO: GILES KEYTE Bridget (Zellweger) is 43 and alone. She says it's too late because "they are probably hard-boiled by now".
But chance encounters with the freshly divorced Darcy (Firth) and Qwant (Dempsey) result in her getting pregnant.
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In recent years, there have been funny films about women yearning for respect (as cops or spies), fleeing hitmen, or trying to make it to the top in big business.
The foil to the repressed but eminently suitable Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is now American actor Patrick Dempsey, who plays Jack Qwant, a love cynic who has nonetheless created a successful dating app.