Bridget Jones's Diary

  • 15
  • Sharon Maguire (2001)
  • UK / US
  • 93 min
Bridget Jones's Diary
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

So well adapted by Richard Curtis that it appeals to both sexes, Bridget Jones is actually far better than the book. There's star Renée Zellweger who, as the 1990s heroine, is far more endearing than the book's Bridget. Then one cannot imagine Helen Fielding ever having the luxury of suitor super duo Hugh Grant and Colin Firth - who both surpass expectations as the novel's Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy respectively. Yes, what we have here is the best in British romantic comedy, well directed by newcomer Sharon Maguire, well acted by an ensemble cast of stellar Brits and very, very funny indeed. Bridget is the chardonnay drinking, sad 30-something with cellulite whose life takes a different turn when she has a flirtation with her boss Daniel, despite the criticisms of friend Mark. Daft, delicious and decidedly dippy, Bridget Jones is quite brilliant.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy adapted from the bestselling novel by Helen Fielding, starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Weight-obsessed 30-something Bridget Jones is busy lamenting her lack of a good man when two come along at once: her flirtatious boss Daniel Cleaver and uptight childhood friend Mark Darcy. Unfortunately, in typical world-of-Bridget style, the two men have met before, and she finds herself thrust from being a wallflower to the centre of a bizarre love triangle.

Cast and crew


Bridget Jones
Renée Zellweger
Mark Darcy
Colin Firth
Daniel Cleaver
Hugh Grant
Bridget's dad
Jim Broadbent
Bridget's mum
Gemma Jones
Sally Phillips
Shirley Henderson
James Callis
Embeth Davidtz
Una Alconbury
Celia Imrie
Penny Husbands-Bosworth
Honor Blackman
Uncle Geoffrey
James Faulkner
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Patrick Barlow
Richard Finch
Neil Pearson
Mr Sit Up Britain
Paul Ross


Sharon Maguire

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Apr 2001
Certificate 15