Megan Agnew (news features writer at The Sunday Times) and Pravina Rudra (online editor and writer at the New Statesman) join Flixwatcher to review Megan’s choice Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) is a British romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name by Helen Fielding. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Baby) with a script by Richard (Four Weddings and a Funeral) Curtis, Andrew (Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series)) Davies, and Helen Fielding it stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget with Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, Bridget’s love interests.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1999, Bridget, 32, works in a publishing office, she is single, concerned with her weight, smoking and drinking and her attraction to her flirty boss Cleaver. At her parents annual New Year party she is introduced to the newly single Darcy, an old childhood friend who is now a handsome successful barrister. Comedy and a love triangle ensues as Bridget attempts to find true love.
It is fair to Bridget Jones’s represents a particular period in time, the fat shaming and casual sexual assault are very jarring and there is a lot of smoking. However, its legacy has endured due to Zellweger’s charming and spirited Bridget and Grant and Firth basically playing themselves. Recommendability reflected this and Bridget Jones’s Diary scores a very high 4.38 overall.
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