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Bridget Jones' Diary

The iconic British anti-heroine, Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), is a chubby PR chick with verbal diareahha and a crush on her feckless boss (Hugh Grant).

She is blessed with a Mummy and Daddy in the country and the trademark Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) group of eccentric good friends.

On New Year's Eve our Bridget heads for home and her mother's annual Turkey Curry and mini gerkin bash. This year Mummy is setting up the 32-year-old with Mr Darcy (!), the ex-boy next door, now a proud, stiff, newly-divorced man (Colin Firth).

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At her graceless worst, Bridget admits to overdrinking, oversmoking and makes a badly-dressed ass of herself. Then she has to hear herself summed up all too neatly.
In the ensuing year, Bridget juggles jobs and affections in her search for love. Is there any doubt, Austen readers, with whom she'll end up?

Witty, unashamed and British in a commercial, lets-sell-to-the-US sort of way, Bridget Jones' Diary is an amusing way to pass the time. Bridget Jones' Diary did cause a furore when Texan Renee Zellweger was chosen to play the part, but it's all part of the much-deplored system of usng US female actors with local male 'stars' to create and sell cross-ocean films.

Joel says:
There is truly only one word to describe this thoroughly enjoyable ride into comedy country and that is delightful... for BOTH sexes.
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Movie Poster, Bridget Jones' Diary The cast throw themselves into their roles, although Firth's part is a bit undernourished. All in all, not a bad way to spend an evening, although it won't exercise your brain cells or your compassion.

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Due for Australian release July, 2001
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See also: Bridget Jones Beyond the Edge of Reason; Bride and Prejudice; Love Actually;
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Title: Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)
Written by: Based on a novel by Helen Fielding, screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis, inpsired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish
Edited by: Martin Walsh
Director of Photography: Stuart Dryburgh
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The Players: Hugh Grant, Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth
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