Bridget Jones's Diary
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Renee Z. is really cute and believable as Bridget Jones. She has the pale skin and cheeky wholesomeness often seen in British actors even though Renee is an American. Her considerable, innate personal charm adds to a role that, in the hands of a less gifted actor, may have been difficult to pull off. Hugh Grant is, refreshingly, quite thoroughly smarmy in his role as the boyfriend who is basically a jerk. I always enjoy him as an actor, and this film adds a new dimension to his acting chops. His recital of that really vulgar poem while sitting in the boat on the lake where Firth and his companion are also boating and trying to discuss legal matters in their formal and so correct manner is hilarious. They overhear the recital and watch as Grant straddles the two boats in his attempt to join Bridget in hers and when Grant falls into the water it is a real "gotcha" on film. It was embarrasing, funny and you can tell that the actors were having a ball doing that scene.
This is a fun movie for those times when one needs a reminder about relationships and how they impact one's life and one's mood, good, bad or indifferent. As Colin Firth portrays in this story, at times it is hip to be square. A cool film.
Although she is an incredibly poor public speaker, Bridget is given opportunity after opportunity to prove the point. After making an idiot of herself, at a literary party attended by the real Salman Rushdie, and Jeffry Archer, she sleeps with the boss, is royally screwed and then moves on to television. She lands an on air job with “Sit Up Britain” because “no one at Sit Up Britain ever gets fired for shagging the boss.” There she slides down on a fireman’s pole, exposes her barely clad derriere to the nation, and is rewarded with a plum current events assignment on human rights.
Bridget’s love life is dismal. Her mother tries to set her up with a dull lawyer Mark Darcy played with understatement by Colin Firth. (They had to dress him in a ridiculous reindeer turtleneck sweater. Otherwise the movie would end just five minutes after they meet. Although gorgeous, he is just impossible to take seriously in that sweater.) Of course, Bridget has a torrid affair with her boss, played marvelously by Hugh Grant. He is quite the cad and ends the affair almost immediately after Bridget uses the word L word (love) in a bedroom scene. Meanwhile, the two male leads have there own history that plays out.
Bridget’s single life is attacked by friends and family. When she goes to a dinner party by herself, she is told that her biological clock is ticking “tick tock, tick tock”, asked to why there are so many single women over age 30. Apparently, it is open season on single women.
Romantic comedy has changed a bit since Tracey and Grant, but it is still enjoyable. The casting here is perfect, as is the music. Sharon Mcquire’s direction is superb.
Timing is everything, and Renee Zellweger has impeccable comedic timing. She also has a wonderful believable British accent. She proves in this role that she can carry a whole movie.
Although I highly recommend this dvd, I would give a word of caution. Women will laugh first. Some of the funniest moments may be gender specific. It is possible that you will have to explain why that is so funny to your date. If you can overcome that small problem, just sit back and enjoy.
It was very refreshing to see Hugh Grant as the reprobate instead of the affable good guy he usually portrays, and Colin Firth wearing that "lovely" reindeer sweater was practically worth the price of the movie alone. It was a lot of fun also to see a number of British actors and actresses that I had only seen before in period pieces in "civilian clothes". I wasn't particularly impressed with Renee Zellweger, though I'm not certain if it was her or the script for the part she was playing.
I did think that the script went a little overboard with the "goofiness" of the Bridget character. At first her mistakes were amusing.... after a while it became boring and annoying. Everyone has had moments where they want to crawl into a hole and die of embarassment, but the film portrays this character's every action as one mistake after another and after a while it simply ceases to be funny. The audience can sympathize with a character that has "bad hair days", but after a while, just plain stupid isn't funny. The viewer is left wondering what either male lead could possibly find interesting or attractive about Bridget Jones. I'm not sorry I bought the film - it just wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be.
are in many movies more family orientated. Hugh Grant known him for years and have many of his movies.
not too familiar with Renee Z. but! played an excellant part.