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(2004), R [R*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Miramax Films
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): Beeban Kidron
Producer(s): Bernard Bellew, Tim Bevan, Jonathan Cavendish, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Klaus Jüptner, Oswald Wolkenstein
Novel: Helen Fielding
Screenplay: Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis, Adam Brooks
Cinematography/Camera: Adrian Biddle
Music: Stephen Barton, Toby Chu, Harry Gregson-Williams, Michael Price
Film Editing: Greg Hayden
Casting: Michelle Guish, Stacy Mann
Production Design: Gemma Jackson
Art Direction: Paul Inglis, Tommy Vögel, David Warren
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I haven't seen the first Bridget flick (Bridget Jones's Diary). And, the punctuation error in the title notwithstanding, I have no intentions of doing so. Not even to do a movie/sequel comparison. If the first Bridget flick is anything like this sequel, there is nothing there to compel one to want to see the first.
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth co-star with Renée Zellweger in a romance comedy which apparently takes up four weeks after Diary. Renée plays TV personality, Bridget Jones, an insecure plump lady (still) in love with Colin Firth's human rights lawyer Mark Darcy who has, in Bridget's assessment of him, the finest body part she has ever seen.
As Bridget and Mark let their relationship stew slowly, TV program "Smooth guide" commentator, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) slides into the picture, obviously after more than a casual acquaintance with Bridget. Cleaver even arranged for Bridget to accompany him on a TV travelogue show in Thailand. Between prostitutes (one was a male prostitute in drag), Cleaver tried to romance Bridget into bed.
Framed on drug charges, Bridget ends up in jail. In Thailand. Not a pretty picture at all what with the bevy of prostitutes drug addicts and other female criminals with whom Bridget must share a one-room jail cell. But undaunted, Bridget "rules the roost" with her charm and savvy. And with Madonna's "Like a Virgin."
Also vying for Bridget's affection is Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett) whom Bridget thought was trying to steal Mark away from her since it seemed whenever Mark was around so was Rebecca. Ah! But it was not Mark Rebecca was after. This is the second of two instances of homosexuality. First was Cleaver deciding "go for it" with the prostitute who turned out to be a male. Here, Rebecca plants a big wet one on Bridget who claims she is in love with Mark but if she were not she would be receptive of Rebecca's advances on her. Maybe this is a fantasy story but that was a real kiss between two females.
While there was nothing noteworthy regarding violence in this film and while there were no murders or suicides, the content revealed by the Impudence/Hate, Sexual Immorality (I) and Offense to God (O) investigation areas nearly drained all of the starting 100 points in each of those areas. Not only are there three instances of talk or demonstration of sexual immorality in the form of homosexuality/lesbianism [1Cor. 6:9-10, Rom. 1:26 - 27], heterosexual immorality was somewhat rampant with a man and woman in bed together repeatedly, cohabitation throughout and much talk of intercourse. [Gal. 5:19, 1, Cor. 7:2, James 1:21]
I have no interest in spending any more time on this Summary/Commentary and will leave the itemization of the content to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
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(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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