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Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001]

Renée Zellweger , Colin Firth , Sharon Maguire    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones
  • Directors: Sharon Maguire
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KIXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring a blousy, 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 likable 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 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 co-screenwriter, 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

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Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001] Hugh Grant (Actor), Colin Firth (Actor), Sharon Maguire (Director) | Rated: Suitable for 15 years and over | Format: VHS Tape Actors: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie Directors: Sharon Maguire Language: English Classification: 15 Studio: Universal VHS Release Date: 6 Oct 2003 Run Time: 97 minutes Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (106 customer reviews) ASIN: B00005KIXS

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Made by the people who bought you such classic hits as 'Notting Hill' and 'Four weddings and a funeral' comes a hilarious and highly anticipated film of Helen Fielding's book. This movie is about the year in the life of a thirty something woman (Jones) who is sick and tired of being single and overweight.
Throw in a delightfully witty script co -written by Richard Curtis, an unpleasant turn from the normally soft Hugh Grant and a cast with huge amounts of talent and the result is everything fans and non fans could have hoped for.
Renee Zellweger was chosen to play the unglamorous role of Bridget Jones herself. Renee piled on the pounds to play the part and she pulls it off amazingly. While Colin Firth is brilliant as the posh and rich Mark Darcy.
Director Sharon Maguire mixes big laughs with touching romance brilliantly. The humour in the movie will make you laugh out loud as it takes you through Bridget's interesting and comical life. Highlights of the film include Bridget's New Year resolutions, her bunny rabbit suit; also Grant and Firth comically fight it out.
The angle of the movie is only focused on 3 characters, Bridget finding love with her 2 perfect men. Bridget is a clutse, she's unsuccessful, fat and unlucky in love and the movie explores those factors and how they fit into her life.
Final Verdict: With a top notch cast, witty script and enough laughs and romance to get you through, this rom-com is one not to be missed. Superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately one for your video collection 23 Nov 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
When I heard the book Bridget Jones' Diary was to be made into a film, I did not think they could possibly do the book justice but I was wrong. I laughed from beginning to end. If you've ever done any of the following: been on a diet, smoked and tried to give up, got drunk, tried to cook a gourmet meal and failed or worn "big pants" then you will sooooooooo relate to Bridget Jones.
If you don't relate to her or don't think it's funny then you must be a "smug married" to quote Bridget Jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but could have been better! 6 Aug 2004
Bridget Jones's Diary is neither a masterpiece nor the sort of cult film its made out to be. Yet, in ways more than one, it can't be dismissed off as just another film. The story of a middle-aged singleton on the verge of making sense of the world around her, the tale has its moments which are ruthlessly original (like Bridget's public speaking fiascos-- every single one of them an absolute riot!)
Since I haven't read the book, I watched the film with absolutely no baggage and therefore can't comment which medium offers a more amusing Bridget. But that said, Jones's diary in the film is more of a you-see-it-and-then-you-don't affair (In fact all I can actually recollect is maybe two scenes where Bridget seems to remember her diary), so the effect of the climax seems rather forced... but is handled effectively nevertheless.
The love story per se also delves in cliches but when the definition between the black and white blurs in the second half, the film becomes immensely watchable. The editing is fantastic, the dialogues very very tongue-in-cheek and London's seldom looked so prim-n-propah-- perfect setting for a mushy affair like this.
Renee Zellweger is unpredictable. Sometimes clownish, sometimes underplaying, sometimes horribly self-conscious, sometimes calculative-- which gels reasonably with the situations Bridget goes through-- but how I wish there was more spontaneity in the performance to give the series of emotions a fluid energy. You don't become absolutely ineffectual to Bridget's character because of the actor's inconsistencies, but you are on a verge to.
Hugh Grant is the unrivalled star of the enterprise. The lived-in flamboyance gives Daniel's character an unsurpassingly entertaining edge and the guy delivers his lines like no other could have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Raining Men 12 Dec 2003
This is a great film, being both funny and also very real.
I loved it, not an exact copy of the book, but not a bad attempt as you can now enjoy them both as seperate pieces.
Renee is great as 30 something Bridget, and her accent is amazing.
For us girls there is the gorgeous Colin Firth and also Hugh Grant if thats your thing.
Brilliant film -watch it and read the book!!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Brilliant! 11 Sep 2001
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Bridget Jones is a true heroine of the 21st century and I defy any woman not to relate to Bridget 110%. This movie is a modern classic, and one I know viewers will find hard to forget. You'll laugh (a lot), you'll cry (a lot) but at the end of the film you will realise that it is a true masterpiece. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are all superb, (Look out for the hotel scene. V.funny!!!)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Where to start when reviewing this neat little adaptation of the million-selling book. Well for a start there's the faultless cast: Renee Zellweger can't put a foot wrong in the role of Bridget, all the quarrels about authenticity of accent are eradicated as her endearing vulnerability is the heart of this tale of girl falling for false love, realising her mistake and finally finding true love. Hugh Grant finally plays the cad, and it makes a sexy change from the bumbling idiot. Colin Firth reprises his infamous Mr Darcy role to great comic effect and the script bubbles over with hilarious moments aplenty for our talented cast to get their teeth into. A real treat for anyone with a sense of humour and a heart.
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