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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ...
Charmian May ...
Felicity Montagu ...
Charlie Caine ...
Handsome Stranger
Gareth Marks ...


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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This Year's Resolutions: Stop smoking. Stop drinking. Find inner poise. Go to the gym three times a week. Don't flirt with the boss. Reduce thighs. Learn to love thighs. Forget about thighs. Stop making lists. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diario de Bridget Jones  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,720,292 (UK) (13 April 2001)


$71,500,556 (USA) (3 August 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sally Phillips auditioned for the title character, but was turned down. However, she impressed the producers who offered her the part of Shazza. See more »


The reflection of a camera crane is visible on the boot of Daniel's car as Bridget runs round to the passenger side. See more »


Daniel Cleaver: If you have to travel alone, travel in style.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see footage of a home movie taken during a birthday party, which also happens to be the birthday party that both Bridget and Mark are at that is referred to several times during the movie. See more »


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User Reviews

My favorite Romantic Comedy
1 June 2005 | by (Tallahassee, FL) – See all my reviews

This film I only discovered fairly recently, and just absolutely fell in love with it. It sure seemed familiar and lo and behold then I read about the Pride and Prejudice connection and then it all made complete sense.

This is such a charming, lovely homage to Pride and Prejudice. The three lead characters are just perfect. It is funny, sweet at times, sad at others, and just wonderfully sexy and v. romantic (especially the last 1/4th of it).

Renee is so extraordinary as Bridget Jones, who would have ever thought she could play so believable a modern Brit woman so well. Her accent seems flawless to me. Hugh Grant is hilarious and a charming Lothario throughout. But Colin Firth is who really sold me on this film. His ability to play a guy that you start out not liking but drooling over by the end of the movie is sublime.

I am a big fan of the less is more style of acting that Mr. Firth puts forth in this film...much of his performance is in his eyes and his facial expressions. While Daniel (Mr. Grant's character) chatters on and on and tries to charm with his wit and words, Mark Darcy (Mr. Firth's character) just has a strong and rather silent presence along with an integrity of character that is revealed and he wins us over (as well as Bridget).

This movie has a lot going on outside of the wonderful romance as well. Contemporary events, gender inequities, social differences, work place decorum, fashion, self-image, sex, family, and friendship all come under the scrutiny of Bridget Jones and her diary.

This is a very good adaptation of a beloved novel. The tone, scene selection, dialogue and characters capture the essence of what fans of the book love about it. I cannot imagine it any better cast or written.

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