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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

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A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

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Storyline

Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. Written by Anuja Varghese <anujav@excite.com>

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NOW Vote Bridget - A True Party Girl. I Pledge To: - Introduce tax relief for singletons - Make it law that men must call the next day - Cut the price of Chardonnay by 50 pence a litre [During 2001 UK General Election] See more »

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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13 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diario de Bridget Jones  »

Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,720,292 (UK) (13 April 2001)

Gross:

$149,761,366 (Europe) (30 November 2001)
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In 2007, The Guardian named "Bridget Jones's Diary" as one of the 10 novels that best defined the 20th century, joining the ranks of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl", Anne Frank and JD Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", among others. See more »

Goofs

Bridget uses Microsoft MSN Explorer software on her Apple Mac computer. MSN Explorer for the Mac was released only in 2002. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Cleaver: [lands on restaurant table] I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry!
Mark Darcy: [places hand in someone's salad] Oh, God! I'm sorry!
[wipes dirty hand on man's suit]
Mark Darcy: I really am sorry. I-I will pay.
Daniel Cleaver: Had enough Darcy?
Mark Darcy: Not quite, if that's all right by you.
[punches Daniel hard]
Waiter: Happy birthday to you...
[everyone joins in, stopping fight]
Waiter: Happy birthday to you!
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Crazy Credits

The European and Australian version of Bridget Jones's Diary does not contain footage of the birthday party during the credits. Instead, it has interviews with Daniel Cleaver (twice), Mark Darcy's parents, and the boss at 'Sit up Britain'. See more »

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Featured in Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Written by Nick Ashford (as Ashford) and Valerie Simpson (as Simpson)
Performed by Diana Ross
Courtesy of Mowtown Records Co LP/Universal-Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Quality!
23 December 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

What made this film work? What made this film break the usual British romantic conventional route? One actress! Her name is Renee Zellwegger, seriously, if the actress was British, this film would've been -'been there, done that'. Instead, this clever casting has made Bridget Jones a wonderful little picture.

Renee Zellwegger is an actress who changed to suit the screenplay, now that is ACTING! Her mannerisms, her weight, her enthusiasm and cutesy style are a wonder to behold.

Colin Firth does a great job, he plays his role well, a future James Bond perhaps? Hugh Grant finally gives us something different, he was actually quite funny at times.

Maguire as the director handles the proceedings extremely well, this is her debut and I think she will become quite successful with small films. The Super35 wide-screen frame is used well, bravo! The screenplay is lightweight, but written well, plenty of ad-lib and spontaneity transcend the script.

As a male, sit back and have a laugh. Quality!


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