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Bridget Jones's Diary (R)
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This is based on a popular book by Helen Fielding, which I haven't read. (It's a modern reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," which I also haven't read, but am vaguely familiar with more straightforward adaptations.) The movie came out in 2001, but I didn't see it until 2015. Anyway, the movie's fairly amusing.

Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) does PR for a publishing company. She's rather concerned by the fact that she's in her 30s and still single. She fantasizes about her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), and it's not long before they start dating. But first, she meets a man named Mark Darcy, at a party her mother was throwing. (He's played by Colin Firth, who had previously played Mr. Darcy in a BBC adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice.") Bridget and Mark immediately fail to hit it off, but there will eventually be some question as to whether Mark would be a better match for her than Daniel. (Mark and Daniel hate each other, because of a previous incident.) Meanwhile, Bridget's parents go through a rough patch, themselves, when her mom gets a new job and starts an affair with her own boss. And um, eventually Bridget quits her job at the publishing company, and gets a new job on TV. Oh, and Bridget has a few friends, Jude (Shirley Henderson), Tom (James Callis), and Shazza. ...And I don't know what else to say about the plot without spoiling anything. But I liked how it ended.

Followed by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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