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BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON

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When novelist Helen Fielding first created the character of Bridget Jones, she caused a sensation by revealing to the world a contemporary single woman's secret diary. Therein, Bridget revealed in devastatingly witty, unabashedly uncensored dialogue the inner-most desires of "singletons" everywhere…namely to be thin, clever, cigarette-free, unavoidably sexy and, most of all, deeply loved one day in the near future. The gamely struggling, perpetually in crisis character of Bridget soon evolved into far more than just an acclaimed novel's heroine—she became a cultural phenomenon and quintessential symbol of flummoxed yet fervently hopeful single women everywhere.

The subsequent film version of Bridget Jones's Diary soared with moviegoers around the globe, eventually grossing more than $280 million worldwide, establishing the film as one of the biggest British motion pictures ever made and the titular character as a heroine (of sorts) for her times.

Yet, despite all the success, Fielding felt Ms. Jones had more stories to tell. The author decided to take Bridget on a new journey – transporting her from her previous state of rampant romantic fantasy directly into the confusion and chaos of romantic reality. With Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (written before the film version of Bridget Jones's Diary was made and published in 2000), Fielding brought Bridget back, just as chubby, error-prone, cigarette-yearning and overwhelmed by modern life as ever, but suddenly in possession of the one thing for which she'd so fervently wished—a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend and the giddy delirium of infatuation. It seemed perfect. But Fielding knew that, after just a few weeks of fairytale romance, Bridget would have to face the morning-after question that haunts all contemporary romantics: how do you make love work once you've managed to do the impossible and find it?

The resulting story, which took Bridget not only into her first serious romantic entanglement, but also into laugh-out-loud new career challenges and an unexpected scrape with the law in Thailand, was another run-away bestseller, which the San Francisco Chronicle noted "outshines its predecessor."

Meanwhile, the producers who brought Bridget Jones's Diary to the screen—and subsequently optioned Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason based on the extraordinary appeal of the character—saw the new book as an opportunity to tell an entirely different comic tale with Bridget at the center.

"We had no idea in the beginning what the reaction to Bridget Jones would be," notes producer Eric Fellner, "so we were absolutely thrilled that so many people took the character to heart. With Edge of Reason, there was an unusual chance to look at a well-loved character in a new way. Bridget has always been about dreams and fantasies, but now that she's actually got a boyfriend, she's faced with trying to live with a more messy reality. I think what Fielding – and Bridget – do so brilliantly in this new story about her is create a picture of a woman who faces all the adversity of love and still manages to mostly laugh at it all while coming around to a better understanding."

Adds producer Jonathan Cavendish: "It was a bit terrifying to make this film, because we knew ahead of time that there would be so much expectation, and that so many people all over the world feel that they have a personal relationship with Bridget. But we were confident that this is a different film – it's still very funny in that Bridget way, but it addres

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