Bridget Jones's Diary (film)

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Bridget Jones's Diary
BridgetJonesDiaryMoviePoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySharon Maguire
Produced byTim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Jonathan Cavendish
Screenplay byAndrew Davies
Richard Curtis
Based onBridget Jones's Diary 
by Helen Fielding
StarringRenée Zellweger
Hugh Grant
Colin Firth
Jim Broadbent
Embeth Davidtz
Gemma Jones
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Editing byMartin Walsh
StudioStudioCanal
Working Title Films
Distributed byMiramax Films (US)
Universal Pictures (Int'l)
Release dates
  • 4 April 2001 (2001-04-04) (UK premiere)
  • 13 April 2001 (2001-04-13) (UK/US)
  • 10 October 2001 (2001-10-10) (France)
Running time97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$26 million
Box office$281,929,795
 
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Bridget Jones's Diary
BridgetJonesDiaryMoviePoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySharon Maguire
Produced byTim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Jonathan Cavendish
Screenplay byAndrew Davies
Richard Curtis
Based onBridget Jones's Diary 
by Helen Fielding
StarringRenée Zellweger
Hugh Grant
Colin Firth
Jim Broadbent
Embeth Davidtz
Gemma Jones
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Editing byMartin Walsh
StudioStudioCanal
Working Title Films
Distributed byMiramax Films (US)
Universal Pictures (Int'l)
Release dates
  • 4 April 2001 (2001-04-04) (UK premiere)
  • 13 April 2001 (2001-04-13) (UK/US)
  • 10 October 2001 (2001-10-10) (France)
Running time97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$26 million
Box office$281,929,795

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love", Mark Darcy. Production began in May 2000 and ended in August 2000, and took largely place on location in London and the Home Counties.

Bridget Jones's Diary premiered on 4 April 2001 in the UK and was released to theaters on 13 April 2001 simultaneously in the UK and in the US. The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success. Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004.

Plot[edit]

Bridget Jones (Renée 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 vulgar 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 "A verbally incontinent spinster who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother", 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 tiger 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]

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 Prejudice character.[4]

Production[edit]

Working Title Films acquired the film rights of the novel in 1997 before it became a best-seller.[5]

Casting[edit]

Actresses who were considered for the role of Bridget Jones were Helena Bonham Carter,[6] Cate Blanchett,[6] Emily Watson,[7] Rachel Weisz[8] and Cameron Diaz.[9] Toni Collette declined the role because she was on Broadway starring in The Wild Party at the time.[10] Kate Winslet[6] was also considered, but the producers decided she was too young.

Zelleweger's participation to the film was announced in late February 2000 which concluded a two-year search. Producer Eric Fellner explained that she "brings enormous character and conviction to the part".[11] Maguire said of Zelleweger, "I saw in Renee a gift few people have, that she was able to straddle comedy and emotion."[6] Zelleweger worked on her accent with Barbara Berkery, who had helped Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love.[6] She also gained 20 pounds for the part.[12] To prepare for the role, Zelleweger worked at the producers' request at London book publishers' Picador as a trainee in the publicity department.[5] 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.[13][14] However, her performance, including her south-eastern English accent, is widely considered to be of a high standard.

In April 2000, the leading male roles were given to Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.[15]

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.

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on 16 May 2000 and concluded on 8 August 2000. The crew spent six weeks shooting in and around London.[5] Locations used included Shad Thames where Bridget and Daniel have their first date, the Royal Courts of Justice, St Pancras railway station and Tower Bridge.[5] Scenes were filmed at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire where Bridget and Daniel ventured to for their mini-break.[16] Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire served as the Darcys home.[5] Stansted Airport doubled as JFK Airport in New York, while Syon House in Brentford featured as the venue for the anniversary party. The crew filmed for four days at Snowshill in Gloucestershire which featured as the home of Bridget Jones's family.[5][17] After six weeks of shooting on location, the crew moved to Shepperton Studios in Surrey.[5]

Reception[edit]

Bridget Jones received mostly positive reviews. The film holds a 81% approval rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 6.9/10, based on 154 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "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."[18] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 66, based on 33 reviews, considered to be "generally favorable reviews".[19]

Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 possible stars.[20]

Soundtrack[edit]

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

Bridget Jones's Diary: Music From The Motion Picture

UK cover
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released3 April 2001 (2001-04-03)
GenreMixed
Length59:54
Label

EU Mercury Records

US Universal
ProducerNick Angel
Various artists chronology
Bridget Jones's Diary: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrackBridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs soundtrack
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]


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
Chart (2001)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21]1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22]1
Canadian Albums (Nielsen Soundscan)[23]13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24]5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25]5
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[26]1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27]1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28]11
French Albums (SNEP)[29]6
German Albums (Media Control)[30]3
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[31]1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[32]1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33]37
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34]8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35]3
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)2
US Billboard 200[23]36
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[23]8
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[23]14
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]

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

CD cover
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released29 October 2001 (2001-10-29)
GenreMixed
Length72:53
LabelMercury Records
ProducerDave Allen
Various artists chronology
Bridget Jones's Diary: Music From The Motion Picture soundtrackBridget Jones's Diary 2: More Music from the Motion Picture and Other V.G. Songs soundtrackBridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack

Track listing[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

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22]67
German Albums (Media Control)[30]97

DVD and VHS release[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. A Collective Edition of the film was released in 2004 with new bonus material including; The Bridget Phenomenon, The Young And The Mateless, Portrait Of The Makeup Artist, Domestic and International TV Spots, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason Theatrical Trailer, Bridget Jones's Diary Reviews and A Guide to Bridget Britishism.

Connection to Pride and Prejudice[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.[36]

Musical adaptation[edit]

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.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Acting Credits, www.movies.nytimes.com. Accessed 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ DVD commentary with Sharon Maguire
  3. ^ Steiner, Susie (31 March 2001). "Twice Shy". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  4. ^ Faillaci, Sara (16 October 2003). Me Sexy?. Vanity Fair (Italy). 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Bridget Jones's Diary : Production Notes". Cinema.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Hart, Hugh (8 April 2001). "A Part With Meat on Its Bones". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Dicker, Ron (11 January 2002). "For Emily Watson, Acting Success Came In `Waves'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "In brief: Rachel Weisz too beautiful for Bridget Jones". The Guardian. 16 March 2001. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Hochman, David (17 December 1999). "Reel World: Bridget Jones Casting Call?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Miami Herald (2006)
  11. ^ "Renée wins Bridget role". BBC News. 24 February 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Loewenstein, Lael (28 March 2001). "Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’". Variety. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Grant defends beleaguered Bridget Jones star". The Guardian. 3 May 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Hoye, Sue (8 March 2000). "Bridget Jones is back and funny as ever". CNN. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Janine Dallas Steffan (17 April 2000). "Seen, Heard, Said". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  16. ^ 'Stoke Park film history' Retrieved 21/03/2013
  17. ^ 'Bridget Jones' Diary Locations' at Gloucestershire On Screen
  18. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Roger Ebert. 2001-04-13. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  21. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  22. ^ a b "Soundtrack - Bridget Jones's Diary" (In German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  23. ^ a b c d Original Soundtrack - Bridget Jones's Diary Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  24. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary" (In Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  25. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary" (In French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  26. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  27. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  28. ^ "Soundtrack: Bridget Jones's Diary" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  29. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  30. ^ a b "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". Musicline.de. Media Control. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  31. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  32. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  33. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  34. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  35. ^ "Soundtrack – Bridget Jones's Diary". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  36. ^ "Colin Firth". Vanity Fair (Italy). 16 October 2003. 
  37. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/129268-Stage-Musical-Version-of-Bridget-Joness-Diary-Is-in-the-Works

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