'Bridget Jones's Baby' is a charming return to form

Frozen in time: Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). Bridget's sexual mishap isn't played against her, the film actually cuts to the chase pretty quickly and has the film focus on Bridget's life balancing two possible fathers rather than selfishly keeping it from them.

That's likely due to the fact that Sharon Maguire, who directed the practically flawless "Bridget Jones's Diary", is back (Beeban Kidron directed the second), working from a script from author Helen Fielding, Emma Thompson (very amusing as an unamused doctor), and Dan Mazer.

"Tenacious and determined, she will not be defeated", Zellweger said. "I think you helped develop him a lot", he told his co-star, while Zellweger quipped: "I was gonna say the same thing!"

She said: "He's [Colin's] like your favourite old jeans".

Patrick Dempsey is in full charm offensive as sexy statistician/thinking woman's love guru Jack.

A few weeks later Bridget also has a fling with Mark Darcy, after running into him at a christening.

The song will be released as part of the "Bridget Jones's Baby" Original Soundtrack alongside singles such as Ellie Goulding's "Still Falling For You", Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Jess Glynne's "Hold My Hand". A few days later, Bridget reconnects - in more ways than one - with her old beau, the impossibly stiff lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). It just makes her seem like a fool who doesn't care. But this time it's not Mariah Carey who will be accompanying Jones in her journey of self-deprecation - she switches the tune to House of Pain's "Jump Around" and decides to forget her woeful state of being and party like it's 1999. "It is so much fun, and to be back with everybody, all my friends, on the set, I mean, heaven!"

She said: "I learned a lot [on my break]". The actress has been away from the screen for six years and lately has been the subject of awful public comments about her looks.

Squeezing a third Darcy/Cleaver dust up into the series would undoubtedly have required equivalent contortions to Bridget body popping her baby bump into skinny jeans. Seeing how fantastic she looked at a special luncheon with a Q&A moderated by Guthrie on Tuesday ahead of the New York City premiere.

While the basic framework of Bridget Jones's Baby will be familiar to anyone who watched the excellent first film and the piss-poor second, what screenwriters Helen Fielding, Emma Thompson, and Dan Mazer have appreciated here is that the core central character of Bridget Jones is their greatest asset. A newspaper left on a church pew reveals that Hugh Grant's character has been discovered alive back in Africa. It is Dempsey's first role after his shock exit from Grey's Anatomy after 11 years. In a response penned for The Huffington Post, she wrote: "Not that it's anyone's business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes". "Yeah they're big shoes, of course, absolutely, he's very amusing, and known for this too, so to step in, you kind of have to find your own way".

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