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                                  Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)

Renee Zellweger, who plays Bridget Jones, is not just a good actress, she is also very good looking.  This would be one reason to watch this movie (besides trying to please a date or wife).

Based loosely on Jane Austin's novel "Pride and Prejudice", the story is mostly about the difficulties of the dating scene and the (bad) choices we make in selecting a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Of course it is all from a woman's point of view.  We are asked to sympathize with Bidget Jones, but not with her boyfriends.  Their characters are not drawn with much depth.  Also, while there is some romance in the movie, there is no love or caring, but it is just a comedy after all.

Honestly, I really hate Hugh Grant (the bad boyfriend), because he almost always plays stereotypical male roles - imature, self-centered, insensitive etc.  This is similar to roles that Black actors were forced to accept in the 1920s and 30s - painting their lips white and speaking childlike lines.  Hugh is rich enough and famous enough to demand better, three-dimensional roles.

There are a few amusing and sexual situations in this movie, though some seem strained and contrived.  This movie also has its heart warming moments and Renee is very easy on the eyes.  Still it seemed like a long 97 minutes.  Decide for yourself if it sounds like your cup of tea.
                           - Reviewed by Paul G

P.S. The sexual situations make this film unsuitable for younger children.
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