Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

My rating: ***
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This is of course an iconic film adaptation of a classic of the ‘chicklit’ genre. Not something that has been at the top of my list to watch but staying in a B&B on holiday this was on offer and I thought it was time I found out what it was all about.

It is an entertaining, well put together comedy with fine performances from all involved. Of course it is pure fantasy. How many ordinary women are actively pursued by two incredibly good looking and charming men (even if one of them is a cad and a bounder) and then has the dilemma of having to make a choice? Many single women in their 30s share Bridget’s preoccupations which helps explain the ongoing popularity of the film and book. I did find Bridget’s stupidity, incompetence and her lack of interest in anything beyond her own fairly restricted world irritating rather than endearing, but this is perhaps not to enter into the spirit of proceedings. I have no complaints about her three friends however – they were wonderful.

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