Featuring a blowzy, winningly inept size-12 heroine, Bridget Jones's Diary
is a fetching adaptation of Helen Fielding's runaway bestseller, grittier than Ally McBeal
but sweeter than Sex and the City.
The normally sylphlike Renée Zellweger
(Nurse Betty, Me, Myself and Irene
) wolfed pasta to gain poundage to play "singleton" Bridget, a London-based publicist who divides her free time between binge eating in front of the TV, downing Chardonnay with her friends, and updating the diary in which she records her negligible weight fluctuations and romantic misadventures of the year. Things start off badly at Christmas when her mother tries to set her up with seemingly standoffish lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth
), whom Bridget accidentally overhears dissing her. Instead she embarks on a disastrous liaison with her raffish boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant
, infinitely more likeable when he's playing a baddie instead of his patented tongue-tied fops). Eventually, Bridget comes to wonder if she's let her pride prejudice her against the surprisingly attractive Mr. Darcy.
If the plot sounds familiar, that's because Fielding's novel was itself a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, whose romantic male lead is also named Mr. Darcy. An extra ironic poke in the ribs is added by the casting of Firth, who played Austen's haughty hero in the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Austen's novel. First-time director Sharon Maguire directs with confident comic zest, while Zellweger twinkles charmingly, fearlessly baring her cellulite and pulling off a spot-on English accent. Like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill (both of which were written by this film's coscreenwriter, Richard Curtis), Bridget Jones's stock-in-trade is a very English self-deprecating sense of humour, a mild suspicion of Americans (especially if they're thin and successful), and a subtly expressed analysis of thirtysomething fears about growing up and becoming a "smug married." The whole is, as Bridget would say, v. good. --Leslie Felperin
The hit film from Helen Fielding's classic novel. On New Year's Day, hung over and still single, Bridget Jones--a 30-something London girl--decides to get a grip on her life and start a diary: "Resolution number one: obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Number two: will find nice sensible boyfriend and not continue to form romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional f***wits or perverts". But it's not that easy for Bridget, choosing between bona-fide-sex-god-with-big-car Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and aloof-looking-but thoughtful sensitive-man Mark Darcy (Colin Firth)...
Brand-new Digibook packaging combines the high-definition Blu-ray with an exclusive booklet.Bonus Features:
- Director's Commentary
- Behind the Scenes Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Shelby Lynne "Killin' Kind" Music Video
- Gabrielle "Out of Reach" Music Video
- Orginial Bridget Jones's Diary Columns Stills
- Collectible 24-page book pack
The digibook itself is presented with a clean back. Detailed information is included on a card insert.