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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.

Hall Pass (15)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate

DVD: Cyrus (15)

"I'm in tailspin, I'm lonely, I'm depressed... I've got so much to give," blurts out a sozzled John, John C Reilly's middle-aged lunk, to a stranger at a party he's invited to by his very tolerant ex-wife (Catherine Keener).

DVD: The Switch (12)

The Switch is yet another rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston looking for love. Aniston plays Kassie, a single girl desperate for a baby who decides to search for a sperm donor.

Love and Other Drugs, Edward Zwick, 113 mins (15)

Just take one lover after meals...but avoid mixing with other topics

Life As We Know It (12A)

"Life", in this context, is pushing it. How about instead "desperate contrivance that unites two people who thought they hated each other"? That's the poor hand dealt to Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, who start out in a romantic comedy before being railroaded into a child-rearing nightmare of dirty nappies and sleepless nights.

Internet domain riches fail to arrive in Tuvalu

The Pacific island hoped the sale of its '.tv' suffix to websites would boost its troubled economy. Now it says it is being deprived of millions in royalties

Heartbreaker (15)

They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).

Whatever Works (12A)

Woody curbs any enthusiasm

She's Out of My League (15)

Kingsley Amis used to divide lookers and non-lookers into "smashers" and "duffers". In this American romcom, wouldn't you know, it's boiled down to numbers.

The Back-Up Plan (12A)

The mystery of Jennifer Lopez: how can someone with such a beautiful face be quite so unappealing as a presence?

My Last Five Girlfriends (12A)

A promising British indie, My Last Five Girlfriends, is a high-concept romantic comedy which uses the Annie Hall technique, most recently employed by (500) Days of Summer, of having its hyper-analytical hero (Brendan Patricks) sift through the wreckage of his previous relationships, particularly the most recent (with Naomie Harris).

The Bounty Hunter (12a)

In which Jennifer Aniston continues to display her remarkable knack for choosing the lamest comedy vehicles on the road.

Paul Bettany - From heaven on a wing and a prayer

Paul Bettany seems to have made a habit of playing religious misfits, notably in The Da Vinci Code. Now he’s a gun-toting, zombie-battling archangel. He tells James Mottram about the appeal of altared states

DVD: Adam (12)

Adam has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. He's also got a new neighbour, Beth.

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