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      11.10.2013 21:23
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      Well worth watching

      I really enjoyed the Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding. This is the film adaption of the first book, simply titled Bridget Jones's Diary.

      The Book
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      The book was first released in 1996 and contained the ramblings of a neurotic 30-something who worried about dying alone and being found weeks later half eaten by Alsatians, worried about her weight and vowed to give up her vices of smoking and drinking. Along with the support of her friends Jude, Shazzer and Tom, she stumbles through life with good intentions, but is often left humiliated. Through the book, her boss Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy, a rich, aloof lawyer (who she initially dislikes) fight for her affection.

      The Film
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      It's the start of a New Year and a New Bridget. After overhearing negative comments about her, Bridget decides to start a diary to record her weight, her attempts at stopping smoking and reducing her alcohol consumption and also to catalogue her search for Mr Right.

      Back at her job in publicity at a book publishing company, Bridget is distracted by her boss Daniel Cleaver, whose initial flirting soon escalates into something more. Bridget convinces Daniel to go on a mini break with her and then to attend a tart's and vicar's party being held by some of her parent's friends. Claiming he has to work, Daniel abandons her at the party, and leaves her to face the questions about her live life from her parent's friends and her family alone. If that wasn't bad enough, Bridget is soon horrified to realise that no one had told her the party was no longer a tarts and vicars party, and that she is standing alone in her bunny girl outfit, while everyone else is dressed normally. Humiliated, Bridget goes in search of Daniel and gets a gut feeling that something isn't quite right. Searching through Daniel's flat, she climbs onto the roof terrace, where she finds a naked American woman - Lara from the firm's New York office.

      Bridget is distraught, but decides that as she can no longer work with Daniel, a new career beckons. Deciding she wants to work in TV, she gets offered a job on Sit Up Britain, an up and coming news programme. When handing in her resignation, Daniel pleads with Bridget to stay, only for her to retort that "I'd rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein's arse".

      In the meantime, Bridget's parents have separated and her mother is enjoying a new career as a presenter on a TV shopping channel alongside her lover Julia. Bridget's new career isn't exactly a success and when she is sent to cover a landmark legal case, she is in the shop buying crisps and sweets when the defendants left the courtroom. Fearing she is about to be sacked, she has an unlikely ally and knight in shining armour, Mark Darcy, who arranges for her to have the exclusive interview with those involved in the case. He also helps her cook for her birthday dinner party, which is interrupted by a drunken Daniel Cleaver. The result of this interruption was a fight between the two men, cumulating in them both flying through the window of a nearby restaurant.

      Darcy wins the fight, but not Bridget's heart. Rejecting Cleaver's desperate appeals for a second chance, she goes home alone. When at her parents houise for Christmas, her mother accidently reveals something about Mark and Bridget then confesses to him how she feels. But has she left it too late?

      The Soundtrack
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      The song choices for this film are a real mixed bag. Going from the slow and soulful Out of Reach by Gabrielle to the uplifting It's Raining Men by Geri Halliwell and Respect by Aretha Franklin, there is music for all emotions. Some tracks such as All by myself by Jamie O'Neill and Have you met Miss Jones were obvious choices, whereas Don't get me wrong by The Pretenders and Woman Trouble by Artful Dodger are a surprise.

      My thoughts
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      This is one of my favourite films. I loved the storyline and Bridget is a character that I can relate to. We laugh at and with Bridget through the film. There is just something likeable about the character and you can't help put wish the best for her. The screenplay for this film was written by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies (who also write the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the BBC) and Richard Curtis, so with those names behind it, a heartwarming comedy was almost guaranteed. I did enjoy this film, particularly the fight scent between Mark and Daniel. Not being a huge Hugh Grant fan, it was nice to see him thrown through a window. If you haven't seen this film already, I would definitely recommend if if you are a fan of romantic comedies.

      The Casting
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      I thought the casting choices were good. Renee Zellweger is fantastic as Bridget (and I actually think she looked better when playing the part of Bridget, she looks too thin and well, pointy when at her usual weight. She suited the extra weight she put on for the role of Bridget). Hugh Grant played the same character as he plays in every film he's in, but for some reason, this didn't annoy me as much as he usually does in films. Colin Firth was the only choice really for Mark Darcy, as in the book Bridget is obsessed with Colin's portrayal of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Sally Phillips is one of my favourite actresses, so to see her playing the role of Shazzer was good to see, and although I hadn't heard of Shirley Henderson before this film, she did a great job of being Jude. The rest of the cast are all fantastic, and all the characters are all believable.

      DVD Extras
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      The DVD does contain a Director's Commentary, which is a good inclusion, since the director of Sharon Maguire, who the character of Shazzer was based on. There is also some deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette and the music videos for Out of Reach by Gabrielle and Killin' Kind by Shelby Lynne. However, I would say that the few extras that are on the DVD aren't worth buying the DVD for, as the film is often on TV these days, particularly on ITV2.

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        26.04.2013 16:51
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        Fantastic!

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        Meet Bridget (Renee Zellweger), posh sounding, slightly overweight, smoking, drinking, singleton who lives in London and is a 32 years old. Happy enough in her publishing job and dreaming about getting it on with posh totty Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) she is very miserable with her single status and takes to writing a diary.

        Christmas is at her Mums for the usual turkey supper where her mum usually tries to get Bridget off with any elidgable in her eyes that Bridget hates and her Mum introduces her to Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) who is at best aloof and rather rude. Its not a good meeting between them and bumbling Bridget manages to mouth off and look a bit daft for her to only hear him slating her shortly after.

        Bridget decides no more. She must lose weight, quit smoking and become sensible but this isn't an easy task for the naturally clumsy and not very good at talking to people Bridget who seems to say always what she thinks rather than thinking things through first lol. However all of a sudden Daniel Cleaver seems to take notice of Bridget in the office, openly flirting and they do manage to get into a relationship which Bridget is very happy about.

        Things seem to be ok for Bridget in the love stakes, she bumps into Mark a few times but Daniel tells her about in his time of knowing Mark that Mark slept with his wife, Bridget doesn't approve of this and believes it totally. She bumps into Mark and there always seems to be a bit of a spark between them but either she drops herself in it or he acts like he doesn't give a damn and she mouths off all about that in her diary.

        However her relationship with Daniel is suffering and her and the delicious Mark have chemistry that cannot be denied but will she ever find the right words to say without making a show of herself and he seems to like her just the way she is but can he simply tell her that? Will he tell her he likes her...could there be a happy ending for two people that on paper are so not right for eachother at all?

        My Opinion:

        I absoloutely love this film and was so happy when the second one was released (I was on the set of the second film by accident!). Its a 15 rating which for me is about right and it runs 133 minutes which in my opinion just flies by and isn't enough.

        Its brilliantly shot, all the members of the cast hold there own but the three main characters (Bridget, Mark and Daniel) are astounding and I love the characters.

        There is plenty going on to entertain you and lots of real laugh out loud moments that even though over the years I have seen time and time again really do make me chuckle and whats great about the Bridget Jones character is that most of us single girls and even ones that have been single but have now settled down we can relate to her.

        Bridget isn't the stereotypical woman. She packs a few pounds, makes mistakes, swears, drinks and has mad friends. She can't help getting in mixed up situations but all she wants is a nice boyfriend and to fit in. However its hard because her mum and dad who had a great relationship for years spit up which changes her ideas a bit and just when she thinks she is doing ok with her relationship it crumbles and makes her question love.

        I love Bridget and I see alot of who I am and who my single mates are in her and I won't deny that I have sang 'All By Myself' when drunk into an empty bottle feeling sorry for myself at silly o'clock wearing my onesie!

        This to me is a fantastic chick flick but I think even men could like this, there's even a silly fight scene in the middle of the film that is more laughable than violent and this to me really goes into my top ten movies of all time, even the soundtrack which has a few soul tracks in it is great!

        A feel good movie..but is there a happy ending for our Bridget or could she even mess that up? If you haven't seen it shame on you this is a romantic comedy at its very finest!

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          25.02.2013 10:11
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          5 stars

          I read the book by Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones and really enjoyed it so when the film came out I couldn't wait to see it at the cinema. I now have it on DVD and really enjoy watching it.

          The story tells of Bridget Jones who is fed up of being single and is beginning to think that a life of being alone is all that lies in store for her. But then she is introduced to an old childhood friend Mark Darcey who is very well respected and at the same time she also develops a relationship with her boss at the publishing house too.

          It is a really care-free enjoyable story which tells of a slightly dysfunctional woman who has everyday worries about her weight and her friendships and a rather bizarre family. Lots of what she talks about many of us will be able to relate to which I think is what makes it so enjoyable.

          I really enjoy watching this as I like the humour that is throughout it, it's not over the top and is the kind of film you watch to unwind and have a relaxing evening in with.

          The acting in it is great with Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Rene Zellweiger being the main cast. They are all really believable and play the parts well.

          I never grow tired of this film and have the sequel too- The Edge of Reason.

          There isn't really anything completely outstanding and new about this film but that is what makes it so good as it isn't trying to be anything super complicated or full of effects and this is why I like it so much.

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            26.02.2011 21:34
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            My all time favourite chick flick!

            Based on the novel by Helena Fielding, Bridget Jones [Acted magnificently by Renee Zellweger] is terrified of becoming a 'spinster', which I know most women can relate to there. The thought of growing old, alone and never having children is a thought haunts her. I personally love this film because it showed me a real life, imperfect girl going through everyday stresses. Also being a narrative figure and speaking to the audience through her thought process, Bridget shows the audience the real her, what others around her do not perceive, making me able to empathise and relate to her character completely. You get to see single life at 30 and how it is for women, socially and in other aspects, also comically exploring her obsession with men, weight issues, 'binge' drinking and giving up smoking. This film was released in 2001 but is still favoured by many to this day, as well as the price, 5 pound from Asda!

            Bridget is a single woman living alone at the second most romantic time of year, Christmas and how she spends it without a boyfriend. This film is hilarious and sees Bridget embarrassing herself to the extreme, by no fault of her own most of the time. People do not understand her and think she is a joke, but as an audience you see how comical she really is. A typical theatrical/romantic film would be nothing without a love interest, of course, and Bridget has two, very handsome men too I'd say. First it starts with flirty messages to her boss, womaniser Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant] and starts an affair with him. She thinks it is love, and after spending a few days away together she comes back to find out that he is engaged to an American woman named Natasha. This is where it breaks off and she gets a job in television and leaves her job, not before having a few funny things to say to Daniel in front of the whole office.

            After meeting Mark Darcy [Colin Firth] at her mothers Christmas party, she was astounded to hear his remarks about her drinking and smoking habits, she instantly dislikes him but as they keep meeting in strange locations their love starts to blossom. Amongst other aspects along the way, Daniel comes back into Bridget's life, leaving her torn between Daniel and Mark.

            However, unfinished business relating to similar matters are already in the air between Daniel and Mark and it leads to a fight for Bridget (I wouldn't mind!) and she ends up with her man, the right man, I just won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it!


            This film is good with a glass of wine, pizza and your girl friends and I would highly recommend it to anybody who hasn't seen it. It is a certificate 15 as it has some sexual reference and material and contains swearing. Since this was released a sequel came out named Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason which sees another fun filled adventure with Bridget and the boys. Good boy Mark Darcy, a Human Rights Lawyer and bad boy, womaniser Daniel Cleaver fight for her love once again with foreign bodies. This film had me in stitches for a long time and still makes me laugh, a great watch.

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              10.11.2010 08:34
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              Love it

              Bridget Jones is played by Renee Zellweger in this film. It also stars Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy.

              Bridget Jones is a single girl looking for Mr Right. She fancies her boss Daniel Cleaver but he doesn't seem to notice her until a book launch when they get it together and start going out. Previous to this Bridget meets Mark Darcy who is the son of her parents friends but immediately dislikes him and whenever they see each other passing they usually have some kind of argument. Bridget is completely over the moon to be going out with Daniel until she finds him with another woman. Bridget spirals into a depression but decides to get over her man by finding a new job and managers to land a job on tv. Bridget bumps into Mark Darcy again and reveals that he actually likes Bridget and their relationship begins to blossom but Daniel Cleaver as ever is an annoying presence in the background.

              I totally love this film. I think the acting in it is great and Renee Zellweger is perfect as Bridget Jones. This film is very funny but also has lots of romantic tender moments and is definately a good girly chick flick. I think women will really be able to relate to Bridget as she begins to pick herself up when she becomes a single girl again. I think the film is very realistic which makes it very enjoyable to watch.

              The story is easy to follow and it is a nice relaxing film to watch as it doesn't require too much concentration. It is not at all boring as there is always something happening and sets a nice pace telling the story. The soundtrack to this film is also great and the music really goes with the scenes and helps to convey what is happening on screen.

              I would definately recommend this film. It is light hearted fun. I have also read the book and I think the film really does it justice and is even better than the book.

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              04.08.2010 20:13
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              Great 'feel-good' movie when you want to have a giggle

              I really like this film and I think the characters were cast brilliantly. This really is a chick flick but everyone can enjoy it. I think it appeals to the female population because of the main character - Bridget Jones. She is '30 something' and a 'singleton' desperately trying to find Mr Right.

              Bridget Jones has her flaws which makes her such a loveable character. I think most women can relate to her character. She is on a constant diet; she drinks too much, smokes too much and is terrified about being alone for the rest of her life. She meets 2 men; 1st is her boss (Daniel Cleaver) a smooth talking, charming man who is a bit of a flirt. The 2nd man she is introduced to at one of her mother's New Years parties (Mark Darcy) a gentleman, a barrister and as Bridget would say 'an utter bore'.

              She writes about her life in her diary, her obsessions and her struggles and as depressing as that sounds, it isn't. Quite the opposite in fact. This film is a great 'feel-good' movie, it humorous, sad in places and a little bit cringe worthy.

              I have read the book as well as watching the film. Usually the film is never quite as good as the book but in this case I think they did an excellent job. I would also recommend reading the book by Helen Fielding because it is just as funny.

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              10.06.2010 23:39
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              One for the charity shop or industrial land-fill!

              RELEASED: 2001, Cert.15

              RUNNING TIME: Approx. 90mins

              DIRECTORS: Sharon Maguire, Cilla Ware

              MAIN CAST:-

              Renee Zellweger (as Bridget Jones)
              Hugh Grant (as Daniel Cleaver)
              Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy)

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              Lagging behind the rest of the world as usual, I've only just got around to seeing Bridget Jones's Diary. I clearly remember when the film was first released; everybody seemed unable to stop talking about how wonderful it was, and often that in itself can put me off watching something - if the masses love it, then there's a strong possibility I'll hate it, although there have been rare instances when I've agreed with the general consensus of opinion.

              I watched Bridget Jones's Diary for the first time last night, with what I admit was some trepidation. The first thing (aside from that mentioned in the paragraph above) which put me off, and this is I suppose me being pedantic, was to see a grammatical error in the printing of the title. To be strictly correct, it should read Jones', not Jones's. I could have latched onto that mild misdemeanour as a portent of doom, but decided to turn a blind eye to it and concentrate on the film.

              Bridget Jones is a single, 30-something female who's pretty fed up with not having a man and feels that she needs to lose some weight. She thus decides to keep a diary, makes a half-hearted attempt at dieting, and in a very girly way, ogles her boss (Daniel Cleaver) who she has the hots for.

              Problems arise when Bridget also begins to find Mark Darcy attractive; those problems escalate as he and Daniel have previously met, and due to past events, they nurse a mutual hatred for one another.

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              First of all, I found Bridget an intensely irritating person. She wasn't in the slightest overweight....that's how a woman's figure SHOULD be....and I feel that gave a very bad impression to the female population at large, especially as I understand this film falls within the 'chick-lit' genre. Not only was I very uncomfortable with Bridget's wishy-washy, insubstantial personality (well that's how it came across to me)...I found her voice grated on my nerves to the point where I nearly abandoned the film altogether.

              With gritted teeth and a resolve probably not seen since World War II, I ploughed my way through the rest of the film, hunting down the belly-laughs I was promised it contained, but I found none. The only mildly amusing moments for me were Mark Darcy's reindeer jumper, and the blue soup. For me, the film was otherwise just silly...there's good silly and bad silly....this was atrocious silly. I could see where the bits were that I was supposed to be laughing at, but at the end of the day, my sense of humour was born and reared in a different solar system to the makers of this film or anybody else who was rolling on the floor in paroxysms of hysterical mirth whilst watching it.

              I found the general storyline to be very weak and predictable. I had previously been assured that I'd be able to link into Bridget Jones's Diary well, simply because I'm female....but, I'm not that kind of female, as my own perspective on womanhood and life in general, is completely alien to the Bridget Joneses of this world.

              The only sanity saver for me about this film was being able to ogle the lovely Colin Firth and the equally lovely Hugh Grant, but sadly even that little pleasure was marred, as Hugh was sporting the extremely dodgy haircut he used to have.

              Overall, I found Bridget Jones's Diary to be a moronic debacle of vacuity....shallow, twittery and banal. If that's how people really behave in the 21st century, then I'm afraid society really has frittered the whole plot of life away into some dark place from which it sadly is irretrievable - and what's verging on the unthinkable, is the admiration of such! For me, the whole film was just a bunch of badly cast, shallow, idiotic, empty-headed characters blathering around with a poorly constructed script.

              I've never been one of the bra burning brigade as I've always felt secure inside of my gender, and I have no feminist axes to grind, but I feel this film panders to a particular type of psychology which seems inherent in females these days, who are under a certain age. To me, the character of Bridget Jones is negative profiling, whereby we almost return to the dark ages when women were seen as fluffy, silly, brainless, borderline hysterical individuals who are nothing in life unless they have a figure which would make a stick insect appear obese, and can snare themselves a man....plus, we are supposed to find this person (Bridget Jones) appealing! Sorry, but I personally find this school of thought to be worryingly damaging as regards society's view of women in general.

              I might have found the film very slightly easier to watch if Renee Zellweger's voice hadn't sounded as though she'd quaffed a hefty dose of helium....sorry folks, I don't find those latter-day 30-somethings voices of that nature endearing or cutesy...I find the whole thing intensely infuriating.

              When all's said and done, I think you can gather that my copy of Bridget Jones's Diary (which was given to me) will be gladly donated to a charity shop.

              I am given to understand that the film of Bridget Jones's Diary is an adaptation of a novel, and I've been fairly reliably informed that the book is light years better. Perhaps I should read it, to try and dredge something vaguely positive from the facile character of Bridget Jones and that of her pals.

              I incidentally have the sequel lined up to watch and review, and though I don't hold out a lot of hope of it being even a slight improvement on 'Bridget', stranger things have happened at sea. Watch this space!

              I realise I am out on a limb here and very much in the minority regarding my hatred of what to me, is one of the most ludicrously boring films I've ever clapped my eyes upon. The film is rather short at 90 minutes, but I still found it far too long.

              My final complaint is that I was horrified to hear Van Morrison's 'Someone Like You' used as part of the soundtrack, and I hope whoever authorised this is suitably ashamed of themselves, even if it was Van himself!

              There are probably quite a few people out there who've not seen Bridget Jones's Diary and might like to. If you are one of those people, then the film can be purchased on Amazon as follows:-

              New: from £2.25 to £49.98
              Used: from 1p to £8.99

              Thanks for reading!

              ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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                03.05.2010 00:42
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                Great romantic comedy

                I finally watched Bridget Jone's Diary recently on DVD, some nine years since it's release. I've seen numerous reviews on this movie and most people I know who saw it loved it to be honest with you. I never thought I'd enjoy it but it was good fun and I love Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant who star amongst others. I thought that this film was funny and also had a few serious moments too. It has to be one of the most famous movies of recent times and one that everyone knows about.

                In this romantic comedy Renee Zellweger puts in an excellent performance as a single professional who is in her thirties. She works in a publishing firm in London and the film focuses on her love life over the course of a year or so. She is with one man and then questions that and is with someone else and obsesses about her weight and if she will be lonely forever. I'm sure the reason this film is so successful is the way she potrays this role and means that many people can relate to her experience.

                In the story we are introduced to Bridget Jones as she is about to head off to her parents in the holiday season. Her mother is constantly trying to set her up with someone or anyone. She attends an annual party at her parents and meets an old neighbour she used to know in her childhood. This is Mark Darcy played by Colin Firth who is a very successful barrister. From this meeting the movie takes many twists and turns as far as Bridget Jones is concerned and you have to concentrate to keep up with everything that's going on. Her boss, Cleaver played by Hugh Grant is another potential love interest on the horizon.

                As there is some bad language probably not for younger children but certainly one that is worth watching and Renee Zellweger makes the whole thing very believable. Great movie as romantic comedies go.

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                good feel good film

                First of all I'm probably not the usual target audience for this film, I am a young man, who is usually into his action or horror films and so why I have seen this film more than once is beyond me, perhaps I was forced to watch it with some one, or perhaps I actually just watched it on my own, either way I did actually enjoy it, but please don't judge me by that.

                The film is the usual chick flick with a real feel good quality about it, it stars Renee Zellweger. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, so a pretty good big star line up there, so the acting is of course top notch. The story is pretty good as well, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is at first with a man called Daniel (Hugh Grant) until she realises he has cheated on her, the story then develops as she starts to look for love again and stumbles across Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) however the love fairy tale isn't that simple and there are many twists and turns along the way.

                For me, the best acting in the movie comes from Colin Firth, thats not to say that Hugh Grant was bad in the movie, i just preferred Colins more relaxed style of acting, Hugh Grant does seem to be a bit cliche usually and iv seen his same character in many movies before so he didn't really bring any thing all that special to the role.

                This movie has some pretty good laugh out loud moments, its fun although it is predictable, however I did still quite enjoy this film, there are quite a lot of funny scenes thrown in there with all the characters and i like how the film follows more than just one main character. so all in all i did fairly enjoy it, and if its on TV again, I probably would give it another watch.

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                  04.02.2010 09:45
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                  Typical check flick which will bring a smile to your face

                    This is a review on just the film and not a comparision with the book or mentioning any dvd extras.

                  It's hard to believe this film is nearly ten years old as it still is as relevant today as it was when it was released in 2001. The sad thing is women of all ages can relate to Bridget and have a mixture of feelings for her. On the one hand we are relieved that someone else is going through what we might have so we are not alone, and on the other hand feel sorry for her because we can understand how she feels.  For those that have not seen the movie or read the book which proceeded it Bridget Jones's Diary follows the lead character ( played excellently by Renee Zellweger ) for a year in which she writes about her life. What pushed her into writing her diary was she realised that christmas that she was a thirty something single woman who's life really was not going anywhere. So she embarks on writing a diary which reveals her thoughts on her rather slimy boss Daniel Cleaver ( played by Hugh Grant) who she ends up having a brief affair with. The storyline is brilliant because it makes it obvious to the viewer that Bridget thinks she has found mr right and plans weekend aways and even her wedding in her head and yet it's obvious Daniel is there only for the sex. This unfortunately becomes obvious to Bridget when she arrives at Daniel's apartment in a playboy bunny outfit ( due to a fancy dress party ) only to find he was not alone.

                  Then comes the decision so many women I know make. She decides to change herself in an attempt to get over him. This she tries to do via attempting to lose weight, and succeeds when she finds a new job ( with very humourous effects ). Gradually she also realises that maybe her Mr Right does exsist and is right under her nose all the time - but does he realise she is his Miss Right.

                  The acting in this movie is brilliant by all three key cast members, Renee, Hugh and the gorgeous Colin Firth who plays Mark Darcy. The soundtrack is also well thought out and fits in well with the film but can also be enjoyed on it's own. Gabrielle's 'out of reach' is one of my all time favourite songs and sums up bridget completely.

                  This film is a brilliant chick flick with gorgeous guys, great songs and who wouldn't want two men fighting over her. A must see.

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                    fab film as a gift to yourself and at this price a bargain

                    This is a must for anyone who hasnt seen it an ideal girly gift to yourself or just hire it ! The original thirty something single woman trials and trepidations of working and living in london and aiming to get a guy give up smoking stop shopping new year resolutions we have all set ourselves at one time or another.
                    Renee Zellweger plays this part empathetically and the swarve Hugh Grant amongst others is her boss who she is hopelessly in love with and making wedding plans in her mind anyway whilst he plays away with a slimmer american girl every girls nightmare huh !!
                    Alas it all works out in the end with a childhood sweetheart i wont say any more or it will spoil the film for those who havent seen it, its a put your feet up bottle of wine box of chocs with your girly mates or a hubby or boyfriend gaining browny points, a little sex a little language maybe a little rash in places for younger audiences but on the whole a fab film and the sequel is great too..

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                      27.01.2010 16:24
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                      One of my favourite films, never gets old

                      Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is a 'singleton' and this worries her somewhat, she is in her 30's and the prospect of not settling down becoming one of the 'smug marrieds' worried her. During the course of the year we follow her life and her romantic involvement with Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) her smug but charming and irrestible boss but this all ends after Daniel cheats on her with a younger, thinner and prettier girl, just the type Bridget can't stand.

                      Bridget also becomes involved with the son of some of her parents friends, Mark Darcy a human rights lawyer who Bridget 'ran around her garden naked with' when they were younger. Bridget remembers his as being arrogant and stuck up and when they are re- introduced at a family party she takes an instant dislike to him.

                      Bridget constantly struggles from day to day with her weight and her over indulgence in alcohol and cigarettes. In the film we are introduced to Bridget's parents, her over confident and over bearing mother who is trying to marry her off to the rich and well mannered Mark Darcy and her father who is the older male equivalent of Bridget he is very laid back but sometimes can get a little stressed with his wife. Bridget is also surrounded by her 3 friends who constantly support her throughout the film and all have very funny and individual characters.

                      All in all this is a great film, I watched it at the cinema and bought the DVD box set, it really is a film you can watch over and over again and not get bored of, the film is so funny and well- cast, if you haven't seen it watch it and if you have re-watch!

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                      24.01.2010 21:24
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                      The perfect girly film to have you in hysterics of laughter

                      I totally utterly and engrossingly love the film bridget jones and have watched it over and over again each time with laughter, tears and emotion.

                      An incredibly girly film however I watched this initially with my husband at the cinema and he did slyly enjoy it, so men beware you may be tempted to enjoy this film, but overall this is the most perfect girls night in film.

                      I myself found that I was the bridget jones character completly, blonde, more plump than thin, pretty but no kylie minogue and continually rating and analysing my life within my head each and every second of each day, to the point of insanity. In fact I beleive nearly every 'normal' girl next door character can relate to this film remarkably.

                      The story is evolved between two men that fall for bridget jones however they both play one another off to a degree and albiet bridget beleives she is in love with the snidy one played by hugh grant, daniel clever, when she in fact is desperately in love with the mark darcy played by colin firth. Both incredibly humourous in their acting and endeering with their charm and stature of love and gesture, however real love is shown throughout and as a single girl who grows through the everyday turmoil of london life with work, freinds and keeping up with her social or lack of calender its beautiful in turn to any female whom can relate to this character.

                      So many scenes within the film will have you in total hysterics and yet the freindship shown throughout is again beautiful and serene, a group of freinds we all want to have whom cherish and be there for us no matter what. We can relate to the fatter side of the girl sitting at home singing in pjs alone and in love turmoil and when we finally get a date we wear our big pull me in pants to disguise the fact our stomach is larger than the models. To relate to this girl within the film so enticingly makes you want to watch the film even more so and lean furthur into the story to whom she will be with and whom will love her completly.

                      An absolute must for girls together, girls alone and even so if you can drag your other male half out then give it a go because you might even find they enjoy it to. The reality of the everyday mixed with the beauty and magic that love brings in its initial stages, a pleasurable and hillarious watch.

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                      18.01.2010 13:35

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                      A romantic comedy -worth a watch

                      Okay - so its New Years Eve, you are a single girl facing life on your own - wouldn't it be great to get some order - not to mention great looking men - into your life. Such is Bridget Jones' fate.

                      As I have mentioned in another review on the sequel, the lead character is Renee Zellweger and I do believe that this is the best of the pair. Although she had to put weight on for the role, Renee still manages to look curvy and sexy. It is therefore quite understandable why Hugh Grant and Colin Firth should fall in lust / love with her and their "man fight" has made cinematic history.

                      Along the way we are asked, as viewers, to watch and sympathise with Bridget as she bumbles through life - turning up to a tarts and vicars party in a bunny costume only to find that she is the only one in costume!
                      This is a great chick flick and one that I could happily watch time after time - and most of us can empathise with Bridget (even if her exploits are a little exaggerated!)

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                      17.01.2010 13:59
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                      Great film - definately worth revisiting

                      Bridget Jones's Diary was shown on ITV last night and I had forgotten how much I love this film!

                      The film follows the title character Bridget, a 30 something singleton looking for love. It is based on the 1996 novel which itself came from Helen Fielding's column in The Independent. Bridget Jones has some bad habits - smoking and drinking too much and her diary entries usually start by outlining the number of cigarettes she has smoked, alcohol units drunk and of course her weight! She also has a slightly unhealthy obsession with self help books.

                      The two love interests in the film are Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant) and Mark Darcy (played by Colin firth, an actor that Bridget is in love with in the book!). Renee Zellweger plays the title role and although I normally hate it when Americans are cast as Brits, she is actually very good.

                      The film is the perfect chick flick - full of funny situations (particularly the granny pants) and romance. My boyfriend even watched it with me last night and said that 'it wasn't that bad'! I love the way it pokes fun every women's obsessions - particularly the cosmo generation.

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                    Based on the novel by Helen Fielding. This is the story of a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something woman, obsessed with her love life, weight, cigarette and alcohol intake. She falls for her boss, Daniel Cleaver, but when she discovers he is being less than faithful, her attention turns to the handsome Mark Darcy...