Bridget Jones’s Diary


(out of 5)

Brilliant adaptation of Helen Fielding’s acerbic novel about the day-to-day life of the titular boozing, smoking and somewhat graceless little lass, played with career-topping zeal by  (who manages her Britishness perfectly). In adapting her novel to the screen, Fielding and two colleagues (which include Four Weddings and a Funeral scribe Richard Curtis) have pared down her witty but sometimes repetitive novel, keeping in the best moments, and amalgamating some of the others to even greater effect. Zellweger is matched ably by her two co-stars, in one corner the sexy but vile Daniel (), and in the other the stiff and painfully honest Mark Darcy (, a brilliant riff on his Darcy character in Pride and Prejudice), both of whom are vying for the lady’s attention. Bridget Jones is unapologetically embarrassing, self-destructive and devoid of willpower, and for all those reasons she’s even more real to viewers than most romantic comedy heroines. Watch it again so you can catch all the funny bits you missed the first time.

Miramax, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Little Bird

United Kingdom/France, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by Helen Fielding

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2001

Golden Globe Awards 2001


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