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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, June 23, 2024


May 19, 2001 — Dear Diary: I'm too fat, I drink too much, I smoke too much, I obsess too much, I chatter too much, I eat junk, and on top of all that, I can't tell a decent man from a sleaze. Love, Bridget.
Now, in truth Bridget of "Bridget Jones's Diary," is none of the above. She is the glamorous Hollywood star Renne Zellweger who won the part over several English stars simply dying to portray the neurotic but lovable Bridget. And the critics sound mighty happy she did. Zellweger even created a believable English accent, and gained 20 unbelievable pounds for the role, (which would make her about even with the rest of the real female world).
The movie is from the enormously popular, on both sides of the water, book by English author Helen Fielding, who also aided on the movie script.
The 32-year-old Bridget decides it's time to control her life, such as it is, by recording all her erotic antics, personal opinions, weight, booze intake and anything else in her bedside diary.
She is enamored of her publishing company boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), a real cad, and lusted after, though he would never admit it, by Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).
Critics have called the script "uneven," but in the nicest way: "It falls into little piles of mirth and gaiety," presumably in between Bridget's lonely night jitters, as the script "shines with lemon scented polish." Huh?
The movie is directed by documentarian and first time feature director Sharon Maguire, an old buddy of Fielding's. It is one hour 34 min. long, and rated R for language and some sexuality.
It is playing at Market Square East.

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