Bridget Jones’s Baby

Rated 3.0

Romantically challenged Bridget (Renée Zellweger) turns 43 still single and neurotic—then, after two one-night stands, finds herself pregnant and wondering who the father is: love of her life Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or American billionaire entrepreneur Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey)? The third Bridget Jones movie in 15 years has a shopworn premise, written by Helen Fielding (Bridget’s creator), Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson (who also plays Bridget’s doctor and gets most of the best lines). It has the air of a class reunion with some of the alumni (Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent as Bridget’s parents, Shirley Henderson and Sally Phillips) included for old times’ sake and given little to do under Sharon Maguire’s meandering direction. Zellweger saves the day, even when she’s just going through the motions. J.L.