Bridget Jones’s Diary at 20: a gloriously messy ode to imperfection

Bridget Jones’s Diary at 20: a gloriously messy ode to imperfection

The Guardian

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While elements of the hit British comedy have aged quite notably, the charm remains as strong as ever as does Renee Zellweger’s Oscar-nominated turn

My chosen streaming service categorises Bridget Jones’s Diary as “swoonworthy”, “sentimental” and “feelgood”. Despite it being a romantic comedy, I am not sure how much I agree that it is sentimental or swoonworthy; in fact, rewatching it for the umpteenth time, what struck me most was how doggedly unsentimental it is. Twenty years after it was first released in cinemas, Bridget Jones’s Diary has become one of the all-time classic British comedies. I can quote great unwieldy chunks of it. It makes me laugh from start to finish. It is rude, hilarious and gleefully chaotic, and there are few films that cheer me up quite like it.

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