There are few things funnier than Renee Zellweger in a playboy outfit at a staid garden party.
I'm referring to the great romantic comedy, "Bridget Jone's Diary," one of the most underrated films of the year, which was recently released on video. It is a film so good, that I viewed it twice in its initial theatrical release. It's the same sinfully indulgent feeling you get after eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
The film version of the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding stars the adorable Renee Zellweger as the heroine, Bridget. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth co-star as the men who literally come to blows for her affections.
Grant, who is always charming in his roles has never looked better, while Firth plays the more sensitive of the two characters.
Women can easily identify with Bridget's character +â-æ that of a single girl who has vices such as overeating, smoking and drinking. Even if one doesn't possess these vices, being as that we all have at least one, I'm sure that you could find something else about her that you can relate to. If you are male then this is a great date movie to get a better glimpse into the female psyche. Your date will groove on the fact that you're willing to rent and watch a chick flick with her.
Bridget stumbles through life writing diary entries about how many cigarettes she's smoked each day and how much alcohol she's consumed, as she sorts through the bottles in her trash. She tries to quit but ends up indulging more, depending on how bad her day was. She also writes down how much weight she loses but then later gains. Then she starts a diet and a hilarious workout routine.
She doesn't care what others think of her, often putting her foot in her mouth and later regretting it. There is also a hilarious scene in the movie where she starts a new job as a TV reporter and endures sliding down a fireman's pole, revealing more than she intends to.
In the movie's opening scene Bridget has just came home from a long day of work and is sitting by herself watching TV, drinking wine and singing along to "All By Myself. " Of course she doesn't stay single for long once men begin to realize what a great catch she is, because when it rains it pours.
First, she becomes involved in a tangled office affair with her boss, the mischievous and self described scoundrel and womanizer, Daniel Cleaver, played by Grant. He brings desperately needed pizzazz into her life. Just when she thinks that things couldn't possibly go any better between them of course the plot thickens.
Bridget quickly becomes the object of desire by her childhood friend and former playmate, Mark Darcy, played by Firth. He makes her heart melt by proclaiming the words dear to every woman's heart, "I like you just the way you are."
Of course, Bridget prefers the pretty boy Cleaver who is always full of smart aleck comments and fun. She begins to realize that Cleaver is a jerk, even though he is more fun than the sensible Darcy. In other words he's aware of how good-looking he is.
While, the chemistry between Grant and Zellweger has more sparks than the Fourth of July, she realizes he does not possess the traits of what she is looking for in a man.
This movie has it all. comedy, romance, satire, sex appeal, and scenes that may evoke tears. It's hard not to like Bridget just the way she is.