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Bridget Jones's Diary

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Bridget Jones's Diary

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Product Details

  • Actors: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie
  • Directors: Sharon Maguire
  • Writers: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Helen Fielding, Jonathan Cavendish
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXT7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bridget Jones's Diary" on IMDb

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By Jose R. Perez on January 31, 2002
Format: DVD
What a wonderful surprise this movie was to me. I resisted it I admit, thinking I wouldn't relate to the plump heroine coping with loveless sex, dueling suitors and haughty English folk. Yet, not only does the movie sparkle in unexpected, laugh-riot moments, Renee Zellweger proves yet again what a stunning actress she's become. In the title role, she's silly and coy, at once vapid and brilliant, a heroine for our generation. Hugh Grant is slimy-sleazy as her boss, a real departure from his "Four Weddings and a Funeral" Jimmy STewart-ish character. And, Colin Firth excels as an unlikable suitor who in the end hooks Bridget with intelligence, heroism and a deep warmth that is rarely allowed to shine (ultimately it's Bridget who brings him out of his shell, while exchanging her own for a newer model!)
Ever since "Jerry MaGuire" made her a star, Zellweger was dazzled in on screen roles like "Nurse Betty" and "One True Thing." This is an actress who is able to fully expose her character - warts and all. Where other actresses might shy away from brash, bold characters, Zellweger embraces them, and in the process, the audience falls in love. She has the sort of face that tells stories with small, seemingly unimportant facial expressions. A raised eyebrow here, a pursed lip there, she's able to convey layers of emotional context and depth that very few of her contemporaries can ever hope to achieve. Her spellbinding work opposite Meryl Streep in "One True Thing" is proof positive this star is here to stay - and deserves attention as quite possibly the best actress of today;s generation. Very few actresses could ever hope to shine opposite the legendary Streep, but Zellweger does that and more.
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I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the vhs. And now, I loved the dvd.
Why? Helen Fielding captured a certain time in a single woman's life (the early 30's) at a certain era in our cultural history (post women's lib, at a time when women are supposed to want it all, yet society still demands marriage). I, and most of my single female friends, related so strongly to the trials and tribulations of our heroine. The loving 'urban' family, the smug married friends, the sleazy bosses...are all true to life for so many contemporary women.
The movie retains the charm of the book. Renee Zellwegger is a revealation as the chain smoking, food binging heroine. Yet she goes way beyond capturing the compulsions of Bridget-she also movingly portrays Bridget's more poignant sides and the lonliness many women (and men) feel in the dating jungle. Hugh Grant is his usual charming self. Yes he is nastier in this film but he still has a light and charming way about him. Colin Firth
is wonderful. He too portrays a character, who despite tremendous professional success, also seems to struggling with issues of social unease and lonliness.
Of course, some people won't like this movie. Hugh Grant, british comedy, romantic comedy-if these genres are not your thing, this movie will not change your opinion. But a treat for the rest of us..
The DVD offers a fabulous commentary from the director, Sharon Maguire, the real life "Shazzer" in the book.
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Though inspired by the A&E TV mini-series "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth playing a more modern Mr. Darcy in a clever bit of casting, and Hugh Grant's character inspired by Jane Austen's Mr. Wickam, there the resemblance ends. The foul mouthed, drinking and smoking Bridget, who usually can't organize her thoughts to speak coherently when called upon to do so, although she improves as the film progresses, is the direct opposite of the very eloquent Elizabeth Bennett -- also, Bridget has no sisters and has a philandering mom, who runs off with a game show host. This said, the film is very entertaining and Bridget is quite appealing, but there is far too little of the talented Colin Firth until the last third of the film. Hugh Grant is good in his role as Bridget's womanizing boss who had a falling out with Darcy.
Since in the DVD making of the film featurette there is much made of the fact the book and film were inspired by the A&E/BBC production of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth as the sexy Mr. Darcy and Mark Darcy is based on Firth's portrayal and deliberately written as his modern counterpart, I couldn't watch the film without making comparisons. And that was a mistake to do because there really is little to compare except Mark Darcy is, initially, as aloof and inscrutable as Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, if not as arrogant, and Colin Firth was deliberately cast to reprise and update his role. But it is hard to see what Mark Darcy sees in Bridget, and what attracts him to her as we never see his point of view. And unlike Elizabeth Bennet, Bridget doesn't engage him in clever verbal repartee (she's eloquent primarily in her first person narrative and diary entries), so we don't see why he falls in love with her.
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OK, the book does have it over the film script. And yes, the movie does not explain Bridget's appeal to Mr. Darcy - she comes off as much more intelligent and competent in the book. In the movie, I was wondering why in the world he liked her "just the way she is," when she seems so inept. Perhaps he liked her in a sexy cocktail dress? Or senses someone as socially inept as himself? Hard to say, they could have done that a little better.
BUT...all is forgiven with the casting of Colin Firth. Looking trimmer and sexier (if that is possible) than he did in Pride and Prejudice, you actually get to see his charming smile in the famous blue soup dinner scene - I was a goner after that.
Having worked for an English firm for many years, I thought Renee Z's accent was great. I know this type of girl very well, and the film did a great job capturing the whole English office scene (where attractive women are often treated like complete idiots!).
Looking forward to the sequel, and hoping to see many more films starring Mr. Firth, as perhaps by now Hollywood producers have got it through their thick heads that women find him totally irresistable.
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