Oh wait, Hugh Grant made a career out of stammering. Yeah, maybe, but Colin Firth picked up a naked little golden guy with no hair by sputtering and stuttering. Yes indeedy, a whole lot has happened since Bridget Jones made a tentative decision to head off into the great beyond with Firth’s character. According to Firth’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, the third installment may have something to do with Bridget discovering she can’t have kids with Firth’s character and then deciding to head back to Grant’s character. Of course, that could be nothing more than wishful thinking for Firth, whose post-Oscar dreams may be of a Bridget Jones movie without actual love scenes with Zellweger.
You know what would make a really great third Bridget Jones movie? The movie could open up with Grant’s character in bed watching television. The flickering images of a TV show on casts shadows and light across Grant’s extremely lined face and we hear what sounds like a classic British horror film such as, oh, let’s say “Devil Doll.” Suddenly, Grant’s attention is caught by the appearance of a woman on the TV who isn’t part of that old movie about the psycho ventriloquist.
This version of the third “Bridge Jones’s Diary” then switches over to Firth, who is also awake at night watching “Devil Doll.” Only it turns out that he and Grant aren’t really watching “Devil Doll” per se, but rather the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version of “Devil Doll.” Both are entranced by the appearance of the actress playing Flavia in the host sequences set in ancient Rome.
Imagine their surprise, shock, and sensuality when they both wait until the credits to discover that the name of the actress who plays Flavia is — Bridget Jones! At this revelation, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” in its second sequel status becomes a race between Firth and Grant to seek out this second, brunette Bridget Jones who inhabits all those qualities their first, blonde Bridget does not: confidence, self-control, and lack of compulsiveness; not guided by fluctuations in her weight; and possessed of a wickedly satiric sense of humor.
Alas, the real life Bridget Jones is married to fellow “MST3K” writer and performer Michael J. Nelson. Nelson, faced with the prospect of two guys even pastier than him making a play for his wife, temporarily leaves his job recording riffs over movies like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The King’s Speech” to track down exactly why his wife Bridget is paying such attention to these two guys from across the pond. This is the point in the movie where Mike discovers there is, indeed, a second diary belonging to one Bridget Jones.