‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ is a charming chick flick

Renee Zellweger stars in 'Bridget Jones' Diary'
Renee Zellweger stars in ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’

[rating=1]Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Director(s): Sharon Maguire
Writer(s): Screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, based upon the novel by Helen Fielding

For those of you who read my Made review, then you are already aware that I rented this film because my wife wanted me to get a film “she would like”. Of course, she didn’t completely believe I was actually going to bring home one for her, but, I did.

I decided, since I like Renee Zellweger, that I would sit and watch the movie with my wife. Yes, I enjoyed it. Of course, I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen and how it would end within the first five minutes of the film.

Bridget Jones’ Diary is based on a column from England about a fictional woman named Bridget Jones and her life, written as entries in a diary.

The film follows the love life and mistakes of its title character, played by Zellweger, a somewhat cliche’d female character these days—drinks to much, smokes to much, but is a utterly charming Brit (think Absolutely Fabulous, but cuter and less obnoxious).

A fumbling public relations person for a publishing house, she winds up having an ill-advised affair with her boss (Hugh Grant). At the same time, she continually encounters a rude and obnoxious man (Colin Firth) who she eventually grows to like. However, her boss and he share a hostile past.

I don’t want to say to much, because it is difficult to talk about the story without giving it all away — it’s that predictable.

And that, in the end, is what makes this film something you should probably just skip. You’ve seen it a million times before, and it doesn’t really offer anything all that different, aside from a few chuckles and several cheap and easy gimmicks at the end.

Still, Zellweger is cute and is a charming actress. Her British accent is terrific, far better than most. Grant, who overloaded with “nice guy” parts in romantic comedies, plays a jerk for once, which is slightly refreshing for him.

As for the DVD itself, it offers some deleted scenes, music videos, a selection of trailers from other films and an audio commentary — which I didn’t get a chance to listen to.

Pretty much all of the deleted scenes were cut from the movie for good reason, and don’t really offer anything new or interesting. As for the “behind the scenes” documentary, its more PR junk than an actual look at the making of the film.

Of course, I guess that’s fitting — an unremarkable DVD for an unremarkable film.

Rated: R
Run Time:  1 hr., 37 mins.

Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan has written, directed and produced more than a dozen short films under the banner of Maynard Films, and has worked as a writer for more than a decade for websites, magazines and newspapers.

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