A London publisher’s publicist, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is thirty-two, plump, single and determined to change her life. She decides to keep a diary, lose some weight and find that elusive Mr Right. While her dotty mother (Gemma Jones) attempts to set her up with suitable bachelor Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget fantasises about romance with her handsome and enigmatic boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). With best friends Tom (James Callis), Jude (Shirley Henderson) and Shazza (Sally Phillips) offering their often wayward counsel, Bridget becomes entangled first with Daniel and then Mark before discovering that the two men share a bitter rivalry from the past. In the midst of confusion, crossed wires and too many vodkas, can Bridget make sense of the madness and find true happiness?
 

4
A brilliant adaptation of the influential book, which manages to hit all the right notes.

Renee Zellweger plays the weight conscious, orally self-indulgent Bridget with a fairly convincing British accent. Bridget works in a publishing house where she`s in lust with her boss, the swinishly attractive Daniel Cleaver, Hugh Grant. Her mini-skirt initiates a flurry of suggestive emails leading to a date. But Daniel`s not really a one-woman man which Bridget discovers to her cost. Hovering on the edge of her social life is Marcus Darcy, Colin Firth, the son of a friend of her parents Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones. He`s terribly eligible but Bridget thinks he`s a dork. And on top of everything else she has to cope with her mother suddenly opting for life with another man and a career in television. It`s very confusing and depressing but Bridget, like any sensible girl these days has friends.

Inspired by Jane Austen`s Pride and Prejudice - casting Colin Firth as Darcy was a cheeky bit of business, The film was directed by Helen Fielding`s best friend, Sharon Maguire - the Shazza character in the book and the film. Maguire gets a terrific performance from Zellweger and exploits the caddish presence of Grant which Woody Allen used to his advantage in Small Time Crooks. Colin Firth does Darcy well again. It`s fun, it`s insightful and despite feminists tearing their hair out at Bridget`s myopic world view she`s not a doormat.