There’s a bit in the middle of Mad About the Boy when the agent for Bridget’s screenplay – a modern interpretation of Hedda Gabler set in Queen’s Park – sends her a strange email. “We have a couple of responses on your script,” he writes. “They are passing. The themes are fascinating but they’re wanting more of a romcom feel. I’ll keep trying.” It could be a coincidence, but by this point it reads like a coded SOS from the author. The book is at its best when it is a poignant comic novel about a 51-year-old woman struggling to bring up children after the sudden death of her husband. It is hit-and-miss when it’s about a 51-year-old Bridget Jones who struggles with all the TV remotes and counts nits instead of Chardonnays. But on occasion it becomes a parody of a Richard Curtis film, or even worse an American sitcom, and that of course is v v bad.
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Friday 25 May 2012
Unlikely community movie beats the stars to get prized Leicester Square premiere
Monday 21 May 2012
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Monday 21 May 2012
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Monday 21 May 2012
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Friday 11 May 2012
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Saturday 18 February 2012
Friday 10 February 2012
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Friday 20 January 2012
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Wednesday 28 December 2011
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