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Bridget Jones’s Diary
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Director: Sharon Maguire
Producers: Tim Bevan, Janathan Cavendish, Eric Fellner
Written by: Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding (from novel by Helen Fielding)
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Embeth Davidtz

Review #1

Watching BRIDGET JONES was like taking a trip down memory lane. Well, kind of. So maybe Bridget’s in her 30s and looking for a husband, while I’m 22 without a thought of walking down the aisle any time soon. But I could really relate to the character and I think most women will as well. Zellweger does an excellent job of portraying the quirky and lovable Bridget. Although she may not have always been in complete control of her British accent, she was in complete control of her character. This control is related to the audience in such a way that you sort of form this bond with Bridget. Not a bond in the cheesy sense, but the kind of bond that just makes you empathize with the character and yell at the screen, “Bridget, NO” when you can see she’s about to get herself into yet another mess. Bridget’s love interest, Daniel Cleaver, is more than happy to help her get into these messes. Grant plays the part of the prick pretty boy to a tee. Imagine that. Giving the acting that extra kick is a kickin’ soundtrack. From Bridget’s hilarious lip sync to “All By Myself” to ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell singing “It’s Raining Men,” the soundtrack gives the film a special zest. Although I found BRIDGET JONES to be tremendously funny I think some of the humor was lost due to the fact that I’d read the Helen Fielding novel. You know how it goes—the movie can never live up to the book. For that reason only I’d give the film 3 stars. I just had so much fun sitting at home reading the book that going out to the theater to watch the film was an inferior experience. I feel that I also have a duty to inform that this is pretty much your stereotypical chick flick. While all can enjoy the humor, I think it’s much more geared to women, so men may want to sit this one out.

—K. Theis

Jennifer Prestigiacomo’s Diary

Weight: A stagnant, undesirable sum
Cigarettes: 2
Alcohol: I can’t seem to remember
Age: 19 but will be 20 in a couple of weeks
Star Rating: *****

Book Status: Have not read it, but after seeing the movie I am set to do so.

Okay, going into this movie, I had heard NO buzz at all. The only thing I had to go on was the glimpse of the movie poster as I strolled into the theatre for the screening, and I didn’t like what I saw—Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Their prior movies since their performances in JERRY MAGUIRE and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL respectively have been, shall we say, less than desirable (yes, I am euphemizing). When I walked out of the theatre my thoughts had spun around 180 degrees. This movie is the best romantic comedy so far in 2001, witty and with great performances by Zellweger, Grant, and Firth. I loved how Firth played the brooding Englishman Mark Darcy, hearkening back to his performance as Fitzwilliam Darcy in the PBS miniseries “Pride and Prejudice.” Zellweger, ballooning 20 pounds for this role, did a remarkable job of reeling the audience in to sympathize with her plight as a spinster whose assorted vices (booze, cigarettes, and food) ease the pain. Overall, I believe this is a funny and entertaining and smartly done chick flick. Although I have heard good reviews from male compatriots, I don’t think this movie will be totally understood by men. So, all you gals, grab a pal and go see this one.

—Jennifer Prestigiacomo

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