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Sequels hit theaters with momentum

Nov. 12, 2004


November and December promise term papers and final exams. But it's possible to get away from all the stress -- for a couple hours anyway -- thanks to the season of sequels.

Several movies will soon be released, but these aren't just any movies. These are sequels of past box-office hits. We are taken back to the quirky life of Bridget Jones. Any bets Oceans 12 will be more successful than Oceans 11? Chucky is back with his bride to continue the mayhem. And, the Byrneses finally meet the Fockers.

Opening in theaters this weekend, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks after Bridget Jones's Diary and, because of her jealousies toward a new, better-looking female intern in the office, Bridget (Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger) is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). This 32-year-old London singleton faces with another problem: Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), the womanizing heartthrob and Bridget's former boss.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason encompasses all aspects of romantic-comedies, tracking the love -- or not-so love-love -- life of Bridget Jones.

Also opening this weekend is Seed of Chucky, the fifth installment in the Chucky horror / comedy series. Following the events of 1998's Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky resurrects the dolls of Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif) and his twisted bride Tiffany (voice of Jennifer Tilly), along with Glen (voice of Billy Boyd), Chucky and Tiffany's surprisingly gentle orphan offspring. Seed of Chucky explores the strange world of Chucky and Tiffany, brought back to life by their son, and their Hollywood murder spree. Chucky can't grasp the fact that Glen doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps. And while a movie is being made, star-struck Tiffany can't believe that her favorite actress, Tilly (playing herself), will star.

In theaters Dec. 10, the star-studded cast of Oceans 11 reunites three years later in Oceans 12, and proves it hasn't lost the charisma and class from the original film. Daniel Ocean (George Clooney), his reignited flame, Tess (Julia Roberts), and the other con artists -- including Rusty (Brad Pitt), Linus (Matt Damon), and Virgil (Casey Affleck) -- meet in New York City before departing to pull off three separate heists in Amsterdam, Rome and Paris. Accomplishing this is hard enough, but with Tess' ex-boyfriend, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) out for revenge, pressure is mounting and the task of beating the Las Vegas stunt might be harder than imagined.

Dec. 22 is the release date of perhaps the most anticipated sequel of the season, Meet the Fockers.

Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner return to the big screen, along with cast-newcomers Dustin Hoffmann and Barbra Streisand, who play the Fockers. After all the unfortunate events Gaylord "Greg" Focker experienced in Meet the Parents, he must now face worse when his ultra-mellow parents meet the ultra-uptight Byrneses. How will these completely different families react to their initial meeting and will they support their children's upcoming nuptials?

With this vast variety of sequels, students can count on a humorous, romantic or action-packed study break.