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Bridget Jones's diary - Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Sharon Maguire

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

"This year will take total control of my life. Will make resolutions and keep them. Resolution number one - in order to mark triumphant year in which everything stops being shit - will keep a diary." - Bridget Jones

At the start of the new year, 32-year-old "singleton" Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) decides it's time to take control of her life and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she's writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject - from her circle of "smug-married" friends, to men, exercise, food, sex, and everything in between - she's turning the page on a whole new life.

Despite her efforts to get her act together, she finds herself caught between two men - a man who's too good to be true, Daniel cleaver (Hugh Grant), and a man who's so wrong he could be right, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Meanwhile her new employers think she is nuts and her scatter-brained friends are absolutely no help whatsoever.

As the hilarious dilemma unfolds, the irrepressible Bridget Jones finds herself the centre of more attention than she could ever have wanted.

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Renée Zellweger .... Bridget Jones
  • Gemma Jones .... Mrs Jones
  • Celia Imrie .... Una Alconbury
  • James Faulkner .... Uncle Geoffrey
  • Jim Broadbent .... Mr Jones
  • Colin Firth .... Mark Darcy
  • Charmian May .... Mrs Darcy
  • Hugh Grant .... Daniel Cleaver
  • Paul Brooke .... Mr Fitzherbert
  • Felicity Montagu .... Perpetua
  • Shirley Henderson .... Jude
  • Sally Phillips .... Shazzer
  • James Callis .... Tom
  • Gareth Marks .... Simon in Marketing
  • Salman Rushdie .... Himself
  • Embeth Davidtz .... Natasha Glenville
  • Jeffrey Archer .... Himself
  • Patrick Barlow .... Julian
  • Helen Fielding .... Screenwriter, Novelist
  • Andrew Davies .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Curtis .... Screenwriter
  • Sharon Maguire .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2002: Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger)
    • Amanda Awards, Norway 2002: Nominated: Best Foreign Feature Film (Sharon Maguire)
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2002: Nominated: Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger), Best Screenplay - Adapted (Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis), Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Colin Firth)
    • Bogey Awards, Germany 2001: Won: Bogey Award
    • British Comedy Awards 2001: Nominated: Best Comedy Film
    • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Actress (Renée Zellweger)
    • Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2002
    • Czech Lions 2002: Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film (Sharon Maguire)
    • Empire Awards, UK 2002: Won: Best British Film; Nominated Best Actress (Renée Zellweger), Best British Actor (Hugh Grant), Best Debut (Sharon Maguire)
    • European Film Awards 2001: Won: Audience Award Best Actor (Colin Firth); Nominated: Audience Award Best Actor (Hugh Grant), Best Director (Sharon Maguire), Best Film (Tim Bevan, Jonathan Cavendish, Eric Fellner)
    • Evening Standard British Film Awards 2002: Won: Best Screenplay (Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding), Peter Sellers Award for Comedy (Hugh Grant)
    • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2002: Nominated: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Renée Zellweger)
    • Golden Satellite Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Colin Firth), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical (Hugh Grant), Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Renée Zellweger)
    • Golden Trailer Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Comedy, Best Foreign
    • Goya Awards 2002: Nominated: Best European Film (Sharon Maguire)
    • London Critics Circle Film Awards 2002: Won: British Screenwriter of the Year (Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis)
    • MTV Movie Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Kiss (Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth)
    • Recording Academy (Grammys) 2002: Nominated: Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
    • Screen Actors Guild, USA 2002: Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger)
    • Teen Choice Awards 2001: Nominated: Film - Choice Chemistry (Hugh Grant, Renée Zellweger)
    • USC Scripter Award 2002: Nominated: USC Scripter Award (Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis)
    • World Soundtrack Awards 2001: Won: Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album (Patrick Doyle)
    • Writers Guild of America, USA 2002: Nominated: Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis)
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I have it on good authority that the yellowy round thing on the floor next to Bridget (Renée Zellweger) on the poster is not a diaphragm. It is, in fact, a glass of white wine, probably a Chardonnay.

Meanwhile, despite Renée's difficulty with an English accent at the beginning of the film (she gets it under control half way through) Bridget Jones's diary turns out to be a very long, very expensive advertisement for the book, which office chicks galore will flock to newsagents to purchase to read on the train and find their inner angst explained so eloquently in someone else's life.

Hugh is the funny romantic, Colin is ironically cast once again as Mr Darcy (think back to those BBC costume dramas) and Jim plays a slightly strange sort of Englishman. Hmmm...

Good for chicks or for guys who want to get back into their girlfriend's good graces. Enjoy

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie
  • Commentary by Sharon
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bridget Jones's articles
  • Music videos:
    • Shelby Lynn: Killin' kind
    • Gabrielle: Out of reach
  • Picture disc
  • Audio: Dolby 5.1
  • Languages: English, German
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Subtitles: English, Greek, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Arabic

Security censorship classification

M (Sexual references, medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 July 2001
DVD rental: 5 December 2001
VHS rental: 5 December 2001

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