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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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Sharon Maguire

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Helen Fielding (novel), Helen Fielding (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Bridget Jones
Gemma Jones ... Bridget's Mum
Celia Imrie ... Una Alconbury
James Faulkner ... Uncle Geoffrey
Jim Broadbent ... Bridget's Dad
Colin Firth ... Mark Darcy
Charmian May Charmian May ... Mrs. Darcy
Hugh Grant ... Daniel Cleaver
Paul Brooke ... Mr. Fitzherbert
Felicity Montagu Felicity Montagu ... Perpetua
Shirley Henderson ... Jude
Sally Phillips ... Shazza
James Callis ... Tom
Charlie Caine Charlie Caine ... Handsome Stranger
Gareth Marks Gareth Marks ... Simon in Marketing
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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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Health Warning: Adopting Bridget's lifestyle could seriously damage your health. 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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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El diario de Bridget Jones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,720,292 (United Kingdom), 15 April 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,733,933, 15 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,543,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$281,929,795
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gemma Jones shares the same last name as her character Pam. See more »

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In the distant shot at the lake scene, just before Daniel is about to fall in the water, you can see sweat stains under his armpits, but in the following closer shot, the stains are gone. See more »

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Lara: [to Daniel, about Bridget] I thought you said she was thin.
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Corny but cute
8 February 2002 | by Dennis LittrellSee all my reviews

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon.)

What really makes this movie stand out from a venerable list of other working girl fantasies is the familiar but one-of-a-kind personality of the irrepressible Bridget Jones. Created by novelist Helen Fielding, who also wrote the script, and brought to life by the talented and zany Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones is a 32-year-old pleasingly plump London working girl, a "...verbally incontinent spinster who...dresses like her mother" (to quote Colin Firth's character, Mark Darcy). She is also clumsy, the kind of girl who might spill sauce on her blouse, a little overweight, smokes, drinks too much and sometimes says what she thinks without consulting her brain. She is also very good at improvising on the spot, a talent that charms not only the two leading men, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, who vie for her affection, but also the five o'clock news audience who like her bum and knickers just fine.

Director Sharon Maguire, in her first outing, combines Brit witticisms, slapstick pratfalls, raunchy, sharp and realistic dialogue, and a blatant but inoffensive sentimentality into a romantic comedy that surely has Nora Ephron and Julia Roberts paying close attention. She keeps us guessing about who will get the girl (and who really deserves the girl) with the usual misdirections and misunderstandings characteristic of the genre. There's a little dead time about half way in, and the uncertainty about whether Bridget wants Hugh Grant or Colin Firth is milked a bit overmuch, otherwise this is nicely paced entertainment sure to chase away a blue afternoon.

Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are both very good, and Gemma Jones as Bridget's mother is a charming, dotty sight to see. Bridget's friends are funny as a kind of foil to the tired glamor of Yank TV's "Friends." And there's a darling "home movie" sequence during the closing credits purporting to recall Bridget at four and Mark Darcy at eight, that retrospectively and adorably frames the movie.

Should a CHICK FLICK ALERT be declared here? No doubt, but thanks to a warm, bubbly, funny and decidedly unprudish and unaffected (and I must say, somewhat daring) performance by Zellweger, we'll ignore it because we "like her just the way she is."


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