Year of Release: 2001
Director(s): Sharon Maguire
Approx. Running Time: 98 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Funny, Engaging, & Winning."
-Rex Reed, New York Observer
Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, 2003; Chicago) and Hugh Grant (Love Actually, Two Weeks Notice) star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance. Bridget (Zellweger), a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures. Soon she becomes the center of attention between a guy who's too good to be true (Grant) and another who's so wrong for her, he could be just right (Colin Firth - Love Actually)! Based on the best-selling book, Bridget Jones's Diary is another acclaimed crowd-pleaser from the hitmakes of Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill.
"Renee Zellweger Shines And Hugh Grant Is Irresistable!"
This is essentially a modernized version of the classic Pride and Prejudice, but with a more humorous twist. Paying homage to the original, the character of "Mark Darcy" is modeled of course after "Mr. Darcy" from the original and both roles - here and in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice - were protrayed by Colin Firth, who does an excellent job as the stand-offish, yet ultimately good-hearted object of "Bridget's" affection. And, as much as I generally dislike Hugh Grant, I must say he's perfect as the despicable rogue "Daniel Cleaver."
Overall, a fun romantic comedy. Not a favorite, but entertaining enough.
Rated R (MPAA)