Bridget Jones's Diary [DVD]
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Pity poor Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger). She's the 1990s British everywoman: single, weight-obsessed, and very probably drunk on mid-price white wine. Her life goes from middling to worse when she embarks on a doomed affair with silver-tongued boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). In the background lurks a literal Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), a seemingly cold lawyer who keeps crossing Bridget's path but whose precise intentions seem hard for her to divine. All the while Bridget records her lurches across life's highway in the eponymous diary, as an attempt to take control of her tragi-comic life.
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
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If you are romantic and optomistic at heart then you will adore this movie. In fact I will be buying this video to watch again and I NEVER do that.
Curl up, with the one you love or the thoughts about the one you loved and lost and really enjoy reading this particular diary!
P.s Dont turn it off when the credits come on...there are a few hilarious after thoughts!!!
A real must viewing for all singletons and especially for all of you with single friends.
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!
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why don't they make films like this all the time? Diary based stories are great, as they're very immediate and draw you in like social media. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by J.C. London
Comedy, Satire, Wit; and a great cast.. what more do you need with a script and editing that is class..timeless.Published 2 months ago by Julie Casey
This movie seems to be made for women, but it's interesting enough for men.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer