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Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The adaptation stars Renee Zellweger as BridgetHugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love", Mark Darcy. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (film), was released in 2004.

Actresses who were considered for the role of Bridget Jones were Helena Bonham CarterEmily WatsonRachel Weisz and Cameron Diaz. Toni Collette declined the role because she was on Broadway starring in The Wild Party at the time. Kate Winslet was also considered, but the producers decided she was too young.

Before the film was released, a considerable amount of controversy surrounded the casting of the American Zellweger as what some saw as a quintessentially British heroine. However, her performance, including her English accent, is widely considered to be of a high standard.

The director of the film, Sharon Maguire, is one of Fielding's friends, on whom the character of Shazzer was reportedly based. In the film, Shazzer is played by Sally Phillips.

Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

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Plot[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is frustrated: she is in her early thirties, 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 novelty Christmas jumper. After overhearing Mark grumble to his mother about her attempts to set him up with Bridget, 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, ahead of an important book launch, at which Bridget bumps into Mark and his glamorous but haughty colleague Natasha (Embeth Davidtz),. Bridget leaves with Daniel and they have dinner, despite the fact that he is a notorious womanizer with a questionable personality, of which Bridget is aware. 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.

Bridget is invited to a family party, and she takes Daniel along as her 'plus one'. They spend the day before the party at a country house hotel, where Mark and Natasha are also staying. Daniel makes an excuse about not being able to attend, and sends Bridget to the party alone. His dubious character becomes clearer to Bridget and she eventually breaks off their relationship when she catches him with another woman, a colleague of his, Lara (Lisa Barbuscia). Bridget begins to search for a new job and after landing a job in television, quits her role at the publishing house without giving notice. Daniel makes a desperate attempt to convince Bridget to stay, only for her to retort that "I'd rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein's arse".

Bridget has a long-standing invitation to a friend's dinner party, where she is the only single person and distraught to see Mark and Natasha sat at the table. During the party, Mark privately confesses to Bridget that, despite her faults, he likes her "just the way she is". He later helps Bridget to achieve an exclusive TV interview in a landmark legal case.

Bridget begins to develop feelings for Mark, and he comes to her rescue at her birthday dinner party at her flat in Borough, which is she is disastrously attempting to cater for herself. Daniel drunkenly visits, temporarily claiming Bridget's attention. Mark 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 after an insensitive appeal by Daniel, she also rejects him emphatically.

In the meantime, Bridget's mother, Pamela (Gemma Jones) temporarily leaves Bridget's father, Colin (Jim Broadbent) and begins an affair with a perma-tanned shopping channel presenter named Julian. After the affair is over and she has reconciled with Colin, she returns to the Jones family home and unintentionally reveals a truth: that Mark and Daniel's falling-out resulted from Daniel seducing Mark's wife, not the other way around, as Daniel had led Bridget to believe.

At the Darcys' ruby wedding anniversary 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 stuttering but moving speech about England losing one of its finest men. Her words clearly have an effect on Mark, but he still flies to New York, though with obvious misgivings. Bridget's friends rally to repair her broken heart with a surprise trip to Paris, and just as they are about to leave, Mark appears at Bridget's flat.

When they are about to kiss for the first time, Bridget goes to her bedroom to change into sexier underwear. 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 the snow with a thin sweater and zebra skin-print underwear. Unable to find him, she is disheartened and is about to return home when Mark appears having bought a new diary for Bridget in order "to make a fresh start". They kiss in the snow-covered streets.

Cast[edit]Edit

Also, Salman Rushdie and Jeffrey Archer[1] have cameos in the film. Honor Blackman also has a cameo[2] as a party guest. Christopher Kouros also made an appearance as the singing Greek chef in the restaurant fight scene.

Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, collaborated on the screenplays for the 2001 and 2004 Bridget Jones films, in which Crispin Bonham-Carter (Mr. Bingley) and Lucy Robinson (Mrs. Hurst) appeared in minor roles. The self-referential in-joke between the projects convinced Colin Firth to accept the role of Mark Darcy,[3] as it gave him an opportunity to ridicule and liberate himself from his Pride and Prejudicecharacter.[4]

Location[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones's Diary was largely shot on location in London and the Home Counties. Bridget and Daniel ventured to Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire for their mini-break.[5] Stansted Airport doubled as JFK Airport in New York, while Syon House in Brentford featured as the venue for the anniversary party. Snowshill in Gloucestershire featured as the home of Bridget Jones's family.[6]

Reception[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones received mostly positive reviews. Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film an 81% 'Fresh' rating, with the consensus "Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm."[7]

Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 possible stars.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones's Diary: Music From The Motion Picture[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones's Diary: Music From The Motion Picture
[1]

UK cover

Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released April 3, 2001
Genre Mixed
Length 59:54
Label

EU Mercury Records

US Universal

Producer Nick Angel
Various artists chronology
Bridget Jones's Diary: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack Bridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs soundtrack
[2]

US cover

The film's soundtrack was composed by Patrick Doyle.

It also features two hit songs that were released as singles, "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle and "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Worldwide Edition


  1. "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle
  2. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
  3. "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
  4. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Robbie Williams
  5. "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan
  6. "Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders (UK bonus track)
  7. "Kiss That Girl" by Sheryl Crow
  8. "Killin' Kind" by Shelby Lynne
  9. "Someone Like You" by Dina Carroll
  10. "Not of This Earth" by Robbie Williams
  11. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Andy Williams (UK bonus track)
  12. "Love" by Rosey
  13. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
  14. "Dreamsome" by Shelby Lynne
  15. "It's Only a Diary" by Patrick Doyle
  16. "Pretender Got My Heart" by Alisha's Attic
  17. "All by Myself" by Jamie O'Neal
  18. "Woman Trouble" by Artful Dodger & Robbie Craig featuring Craig David (UK bonus track)
  19. "Ring Ring Ring" by Aaron Soul
  20. "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
U.S. Edition
  1. "Killin' Kind" by Shelby Lynne
  2. "Kiss That Girl" by Sheryl Crow
  3. "Love" by Rosey
  4. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Robbie Williams
  5. "All by Myself" by Jamie O'Neal
  6. "Just Perfect" by Tracy Bonham
  7. "Dreamsome" by Shelby Lynne
  8. "Not Of This Earth" by Robbie Williams
  9. "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle
  10. "Someone Like You" by Dina Carroll
  11. "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
  12. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
  13. "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan
  14. "Pretender Got My Heart" by Alisha's Attic
  15. "It's Only a Diary" by Patrick Doyle
Soundtrack chart positions
Year Chart Position
2001 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
2001 UK Albums Chart 2
Preceded by

Moulin Rouge! by Various artists

Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album

13 August – 9 September 2001 17–23 September 2001

Succeeded by

A Funk Odyssey by Jamiroquai

Bridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs[edit]Edit

Bridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs
[3]

CD cover

Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 29, 2001
Genre Mixed
Length 72:53
Label Mercury Records
Producer Dave Allen
Various artists chronology
Bridget Jones's Diary: Music From The Motion Picture soundtrack Bridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs soundtrack Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Me and Mrs. Jones" by The Dramatics
  2. "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison
  3. "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue
  4. "My Funny Valentine" by Elvis Costello
  5. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross
  6. "Yes" by McAlmont and Butler
  7. "Woman" by Neneh Cherry
  8. "Without You" by Nilsson
  9. "Do What You Gotta Do" by Nina Simone
  10. "Say What You Want" by Texas
  11. "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders
  12. "Out of Reach (Acoustic Version)" by Gabrielle)
  13. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles
  14. "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
  15. "Waterfalls" by TLC
  16. "Angels" by Robbie Williams
  17. "It Should Have Been Me" by Yvonne Fair
  18. "Ooo Baby Baby" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  19. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" by Dina Carroll
  20. "Passionate Kisses" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

DVD and VHS release[edit]Edit

The VHS was released in 2001 containing over 35 minutes of bonus material which includes; Deleted Scenes, Exclusive Interviews Bridget’s Guide to “Getting It Right”. There was also a VHS of "The Making of Bridget Jones". In 2001 the film was released on DVD containing brand new bonus material and in 2011 a Blu-ray version of the film was released.

Connection to Pride and Prejudice[edit]Edit

Fielding has stated in many interviews that her novel was based upon both Jane Austen's work Pride and Prejudice and its popular 1995 BBC adaptation. This was also reflected in the decision to cast Colin Firth as Darcy, since he played the 'real' Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This is not the film's only connection to that serial – the screenplay was co-written by Andrew Davies, who had written the adaptation of Austen's novel for the BBC.[9]

Musical adaptation[edit]Edit

Main article: Bridget Jones' Diary (musical)

The film version is currently being adapted into a musical, set to hit London's West End in 2011. British musician Lily Allen has written the score and lyrics, and Stephen Daldry, best known for his Tony award-winning work on the West End and Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, will be directing, joined by his co-worker Peter Darling, who will serve as choreographer.

An official cast for the production has not yet been announced, but workshops for the show have already begun with television actress and current star of Legally Blonde, Sheridan Smith, in the title role.

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