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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

aka Bridget Jones's Diary

"This Year's Resolutions: Stop smoking. Stop drinking. Find inner poise. Go to the gym three times a week. Don't flirt with the boss. Reduce thighs. Learn to love thighs. Forget about thighs. Stop making lists."

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Details: 97 mins · English · R (USA)

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For some this is the ultimative chick-flick. I will settle for less :-) for me it is a funny and sweet story worth watching

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what a good cast, and a wonderful "narration" from the main character. This was cute and funny

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Cast:

Small Bridget Jones
Small Mark Darcy
Small Daniel Cleaver
Small Bridget's Mum
Small Una Alconbury
Small Uncle Geoffrey
Small Bridget's Dad
No_movie_poster Mrs. Darcy
Small Mr. Fitzherbert
Small Perpetua
Small Jude
Small Shazza
Small Tom
Small Natasha
Small Lara
No_movie_poster as Himself
No_movie_poster Mr. Darcy
Small Shazzer
Small Penny Husbands-Bosworth
Small Mrs. Jones
Small Mr. Jones
Small Daniel Cleaver

Crew:

No_movie_poster Tim Bevan Producer
No_movie_poster Eric Fellner Producer
No_movie_poster Michelle Guish Casting
Small Richard Curtis Screenplay
No_movie_poster Stuart Dryburgh Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Rachael Fleming Costume Design
No_movie_poster Brian Donovan Production Supervisor
No_movie_poster Peter McAleese Line Producer
No_movie_poster Debra Hayward Producer
No_movie_poster Liza Chasin Producer
No_movie_poster Patrick Doyle Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gemma Jackson Production Design
No_movie_poster Martin Walsh Editor
No_movie_poster Helen Fielding Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Andrew Davies Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jonathan Cavendish Producer
No_movie_poster Sharon Maguire Director
No_movie_poster David Crozier Sound mixer
No_movie_poster Michael Higham Music Editor
No_movie_poster Carmel Jackson Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Lorna McGowan Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Helen Fielding Other
No_movie_poster Helen Fielding Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Martin Walsh Editing

Taglines:

"This Year's Resolutions: Stop smoking. Stop drinking. Find inner poise. Go to the gym three times a week. Don't flirt with the boss. Reduce thighs. Learn to love thighs. Forget about thighs. Stop making lists."

Plot:

Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is frustrated: she is in her early thirties, still single, very accident prone and worried about her weight. She works in publicity at a book publishing company in London where her main focus is fantasizing about her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). At a New Year party hosted by her parents, she re-meets Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), the barrister son of her parents' friends. They had known each other as children. After their initial encounter, Mark thinks that Bridget is a fool and Bridget thinks that he is arrogant and rude, and is disgusted by his jumper with a huge reindeer. After a day beset by a series of mishaps, she misplaces her purse, breaks her coffee mug and gets stuck in a lift. When she returns home that evening, her shopping bags split. She reaches to pull the curtains, only for them to fall off the wall. That is the final straw of a stressful day. When she catches sight of her reflection in the window, she decides to turn her life around. She starts her own diary, which covers all her attempts to stop smoking, lose weight and find her Mr. Right.


Bridget and Daniel begin to flirt heavily at work, first over email. After a book launch, they start a relationship, despite the fact that he is a notorious womanizer with a questionable personality, of which Bridget is aware, from when stating earlier in the film that she will not form relationships with alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, or perverts. Bridget learns from Daniel that he and Mark have a history and, as a result, hate each other. Daniel informs Bridget of their falling-out, telling her that Mark broke their friendship by sleeping with his fiancée.


Daniel's dubious character becomes clearer and clearer to Bridget and she eventually breaks off their relationship when she catches him with another woman, a colleague of his, Lara (Lisa Barbuscia). After a spectacular departure from the office, in which Daniel's desperate attempts to make Bridget stay spark the comment "I'd rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein's arse", she finds a new job in television.


She and Mark have run-ins at a bed and breakfast and at a mutual friend's dinner party. During the party, Mark, who has come to the dinner with his colleague, Natasha (Embeth Davidtz), privately confesses to Bridget that, despite her faults, he likes her "just the way she is". He later helps Bridget to achieve an important interview for work, in which her quirky approach prompts the classic comment "Bridget Jones - already a legend". She begins to develop feelings for Mark. Just as Bridget and Mark's mutual attraction comes together at a birthday dinner party hosted by Bridget, Daniel comes back, temporarily claiming Bridget's attention. Mark originally leaves the party, but returns to face Daniel. Mark punches Daniel and the two fight. They end up in a nearby restaurant and finally smash through the window, landing on the street. Mark wins the battle and knocks Daniel out. Bridget chides Mark for being mean, and he leaves, but afterwards, after an insensitive appeal by Daniel, she says emphatically that she doesn't want to be with him.


Bridget learns the truth about Mark and Daniel's falling-out after her mother lets it out in conversation - that it was actually Daniel who had seduced Mark's wife ("It was the other way round - my wife, my heart"). At a dinner party the same day, Bridget confesses her feelings for Mark, only to find out that he and Natasha are both leaving to accept jobs in New York. Bridget interrupts the toast to their pending engagement with a halting but moving speech about England losing one of its finest men. Her words clearly have an effect on Mark, as he realises what she really means, but he still flies to New York, though with obvious misgivings. Just as Bridget starts to embark on a trip to Paris with her friends to mend her broken heart, Mark returns to stay with her.


When they are about to kiss for the first time, Bridget goes to her bedroom to change her undergarments, remarking that this is "an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers." While Bridget is changing, Mark peeks at her diary, in which she has written many insults about him. Bridget returns to find that he has left. Realizing that he had read her diary and that she might potentially lose him again, Bridget runs outside after him in a thin sweater and zebra skin-print underwear. Unable to find him and disheartened, she is about to return home when Mark appears holding a new diary, "to make a fresh start". They kiss in the snow-covered streets and the film closes.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2001-10-09