Bridget Jones's Diary

Don’t be fooled by the innocuous title – Bridget Jones’s Diary, the wild 2001 adaptation of Brit author Helen Fielding’s novel, is a raucous comedy gem on all accounts. Starring Texan Renee Zellweger, whose controversy over across-the-pond casting led to a stint undercover at a London publishing house (Bridget’s in the business), as well as 2000s forever-crushes Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, the film is a deceptively tart and cute self-love-story that deepens into a brassy, boozy, post-feminist epistolary filled with Bridget’s watchful observations, slapstick debacles, and earnest hopes for self improvement (i.e., not to be a tragic spinster), all the while giving us serious Austen/Hardy Victorian romance vibes (but like, if Jane and Thomas ever had the fortune to listen to Spice Girls).

Bring out your New Year’s Resolutions – our heroine has quite a few – and join us as we fall in love all over again with the drinking, smoking, spanx-wearing, sexy “singleton” Bridget Jones!

Dir. Sharon Maguire, 2001, 35mm, 97 min.

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