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Bridget Jones's Diary [VHS] [2001]

4.6 out of 5 stars 269 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 (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KIXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
Format: 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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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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I had very mixed feelings about watching this movie. Another 'Chick-flick' with a flavour of the month American actress stealing another british role. However, I couldn't have been more wrong! It was a great feel good film and the catalogue of disasters that the brilliant Zellwger stumbled through were hilariously presented and not contrived or cringeworthy at all. All the players were excellent throughout and Zellwger's accent was spot-on. I spent ages trying to work out where I had seen her gay ex pop star friend before, only at the end did I twig that it was Dr Bashir from Deep Space 9!!
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!!!
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By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Even the shock of casting of an American in the obviously British role could not stop this film being unmissable. Watching Hugh Grant in possibly his funniest role, showing us that he can indeed act, (and not just as an upper class fop)and Colin "phwoooar" Firth as the overlooked lurve interest, what more could you ask for. As for the story... well just let us just say that if your boyfriend/husband does not understand women more after watching this... they never will. I defy any woman to say with their hand on their hearts that they have never done,said or been in a situation that Bridget finds herself in almost everyday..
A real must viewing for all singletons and especially for all of you with single friends.
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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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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
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i totally agree with the reviewer from surrey...how ironic is was to find my mr darcy playing a new mr darcy in the same way but even better...this film is funny, funny, funny...it had me rolling around the aisles the whole way through if i wasnt laughing i was crying the first scene where bridge is gulping wine, over inhaling on the ciggies and crying whilst listening to sad songs bought tears to my eyes as we have all been there...if it is the only positive thing you do this year buy, buy, buy
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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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