Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant,
Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sally Phillips, James Callis,
Shirley Henderson, Embeth Davidtz
Rated: R (Language / Sexuality)
Running Time: 97 Min.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Caution: Please be advised that what follows is an extremely biased and chauvinistic review, and that you should believe every word of it...
Delightful, charming, beautiful, radiant, and no, I'm not talking about Hugh Grant. It is Renée Zellweger who shines as Bridget Jones in this wonderfully anti-romantic comedy. Bridget is in her early thirties, drinks a bit, smokes quite a bit, enjoys the sweets, and to her surprise is still single. Bridget Jones's Diary chronicles a year in the love-life of this remarkably ordinary woman, with extraordinary results. Along the way, she voices many of her thoughts and frustrations about the inexplicable behavoir of men, as well as her inability to find just the right one, through her diary entries.
If the words 'chick-flick' immediately come to mind, then you're probably a guy. After all, those are the same words that came to my mind as well. (Sorry girls, that's just the way we are!) However, I also happen to be a huge Renée Zellweger fan, and must see every movie she's in. With Renée starring, even the fact that this film was made by those responsible for Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral couldn't stop me from wanting to see this movie. If the words 'hey, those are good movies' immediately come to mind, then surprise, you must be a chick. (and I use the word 'chick' with the utmost respect!)
So, as Bridget attempted to juggle the terrifying prospects of blind dates, forbidden passions and clinging underwear, I was loving every minute. Renée Zellweger was outstanding, even with the phony British accent. But then, this is Renée we're talking about, so of course she was outstanding.
Apparently, there was a bit of an uproar in England over Bridget Jones being portrayed by an American actress. I can only assume that those uproarious Brits were not yet aware that the incredibly lovely and talented Renée Zellweger had been the American movie goddess chosen to take on the role of their beloved Bridget, and that upon learning this, they all decided to join the U.K. chapter of the Renée Zellweger fan club.
Seriously, this is a truly wonderful and funny film, both for women and the men they own. (Just kidding guys... believe it or not, you may actually enjoy this film, too!)
Oh, and lastly, Renée is still as cute as ever!
M ay 4, 2001
A.J.'s Rating: 4 Stars - Renée, you can have ME at 'Hello'!
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