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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.

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THE OTHER day in Twin Falls, Idaho, the police were scarcely surprised when they saw several armed men go into the post office. This is a reasonable precaution for members of the US public to take when buying a stamp.

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THEY'VE ALREADY contaminated the television airwaves with their scatological gross-outs; now South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are looking to induce nausea on a larger scale with their movie BASEketball. Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, Naked Gun), BASEketball stars Parker and Stone as two good-for-nothings who invent a new game, a baseball-basketball conflation whose most striking component is the psyche out - distracting the opposition by any means necessary. (Examples: lactating projectile streams of milk at them, pretending to ingest what's left over from a "Marlon Brando liposuction".)

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