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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt one of the Greatest Movies of all Time!!
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but could have been better!
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...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt one of the Greatest Movies of all Time!!, 12 Mar 2005
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This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [DVD] (DVD)
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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This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001] (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
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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. Colin Firth, however, as the stiff-lipped Darcy underplays so much that it even makes the chemistry between Jones and Darcy seem so awkward. And which kind of poisons some of the effect of the film again.
Overall, you have a fresh approach to middle-aged singletons, an amusing Zellweger, an uproarious Grant, a pale Firth, some awkward, some cliched, some childish moments and a happy-go-lucky ending. Not as staggering a film as Pretty Woman or even Notting Hill-- but worth a watch once. With some more careful casting, however the film had the potential to become a classic.
Oh yes, the DVD extras which consist of some deleted scenes and a behind the scenes featurette are reasonably entertaining and altogether justifies the throwaway price (£8.00.. wow!).
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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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This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001] (VHS Tape)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The most charming British romcom since Four Weddings, 27 Sep 2001
This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001] (VHS Tape)
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Am national laughing stock. Have bottom the size of Brazil", 10 July 2002
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Jennifer Litchfield (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
Bridget Jones's Diary is a surprisingly good movie. Detractors who deride it for its admittedly minimalist plot miss the point - this is a film that shows life without the layers of artificiality favoured by directors (resulting in movies somehow removed from the realm of the everyday in which us mere mortals dwell). Life is frequently aimless and trivial; and therein lies the movie's attraction. Notwithstanding of course that this is a very funny and highly original comedy.
Bridget (played with considerable aplomb by Renee Zellweger) belongs to the ranks of that modern phenomenon - the over-30, unmarried career woman. Just when it seems Bridget may be destined for terminal spinster-hood, two opposing forces enter her life - charming cad Daniel, and uptight (but very sexy) lawyer Mark. Which of the two is her Mr. Right? And why does everyone insist on asking that question detested by all singletons - "How's your love life going?" The movie's conclusion is predictable, and although any other ending would leave the audience feeling cheated, it does seem somewhat tame and ultimately unsatisfying.
The film encourages the viewer both to get involved with Bridget emotionally and to laugh at her at the same time. Perhaps the best joke is the milieu inhabited by her parents - where the mini-gherkin is the height of sophistication, and 60-year-olds throw garden parties with such alarming themes as 'tarts and vicars'. Bridget is certainly no social butterfly, and whilst we cringe at her public embarrassments (notably her TV report involving a fireman's pole and a bottom the size of Brazil), we triumph with her when she manages to turn a bad situation to her advantage. Maybe we can recognise a little bit of Bridget Jones in all of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern spin on Pride and Predjudice, 8 July 2008
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This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [DVD] (DVD)
The story of Bridget Jones first began as a diary collumn in a newspaper, rose to success in book form (then it's sequel) and then finally hit the movies in 2001 with Briget played quite perfectly by the lovely Renee Zellwegger.

This modern take on Pride and Predjudice follows the female protagonist Briget Jones who decides to keep a diary of her life; unlike the Mary-Jane all too perfect characters in most stories and movies of today, Bridget is quite literally EVERY woman you've ever known.

Bridget is a 30-something urban singleton on the look for love - perhaps in the wrong places. She's an ever so slightly overweight (Zellwegger put on weight specifically for the movie) office worker who reads self-help books religiously, and fantasizes about mini-breaks with the perfect man. She counts alcholic units and cigarettes, and weighs herself every day. Despite her intelligence she often says the wrong thing and makes a fool of herself, but does so in a very dignified and honest way that makes her character so loveable.

Her mother is no help and tries to set her up with a snobby human-rights Lawyer by the name of Mark Darcy, however all goes awry with this as Bridget accidentally sabbotages the relationship before it even starts off.

All is not lost though, as Bridget somehow manages to get the attention of her womanizing rogue of a boss, Daniel Cleaver (with a very short skirt and perhaps a little help from scary granny stomach-holding-in-knickers). And while that seems to be going well, things turn bad very quickly when her mother and father's relationship hits the rocks and her mother runs off with a fake-tanned shopping channel presenter by the name of Julian. While Bridget tries to convince herself what she has with Daniel Cleaver is love, Mark Darcy (who she runs into at various points) tries to politely convince her otherwise and doing so most inadequately.

Full of surprising twists, some very funny scenes that will leave you giggling your head off.

This is the one film that every woman will be able to relate to, young or old. Even Men will enjoy this one as it's a true glimpse into the female psyche (the one we all try to hide).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best laugh I've had in ages!, 28 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001] (VHS Tape)
This film is so funny and it really is one that alot of us girls out there can relate to! Bridget has a crazy single lifestyle until she is charmed by Daniel (Hugh Grant) but he turns out to be the creep that you could guess he was at the start of the film. Colin Firth on the other hand (yum) plays the lovely Mark Darcy who tells Bridget he likes her and it takes her a while to get there but she eventually realises she likes him too and it all works out great! The fight scene between Mark and Daniel is the funniest bit in the film especially when Geri Halliwell's 'It's Raining Men' is playing in the background! The end is really good too!
This is A MUST SEE and it's a film you can happily watch over and over again! I loved it(like you hadnt already guessed!)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Notting Hill, 27 Mar 2002
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I hired this DVD out of curiosity, as I hadn't read the book or newspaper columns - but what a pleasant surprise!
Although not normally in favour of Americans playing Brits, I was v.impressed with Renee Zellweger's accent and thought she was charming as Bridget, and more English than most English women! It was a refreshing change to see a woman portrayed with curves, just as they are meant to be! Although I am not a 30-something singleton (I'm 30-something & married, but not smug!!) I could still identify with Bridget - who hasn't sung out loud to 'All by myself'?!
Colin Firth as Mark Darcy should have a health warning attached! Unfortunately, men like Mark Darcy do not exist but it was interesting to see Colin Firth reprise his role of Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.
It was fun to see Hugh Grant play a bad guy for change...
The general standard of acting is very good, loved Jim Broadbent as Bridget's put-upon dad, Pam and Una were very funny and Uncle Geoffrey - well, I'm sure we all know someone like him.
My favourite bits were when Bridget walks out on her boss, Cleaver; the Blue Soup scene and the fight between Darcy and Cleaver - this was inspired and worked brilliantly. Most men can't fight and it worked so well because they were so pathetic!
The only thing which spoilt it was the over-use of swearing; seems to be an epidemic of expletives in films these days, perhaps most viewers are de-sensitised to swearing but I don't have a TV so am not used to it and find it unnecessary - bit of a cop out really.
Still - watch it and enjoy, a refreshing, funny and original, BRITISH film!
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