Renée Zellweger is pretty much faultless as singleton Bridget in this remarkably successful adaptation of Helen Fielding's bestseller
Renée Zellweger is pretty much faultless as singleton Bridget in this remarkably successful adaptation of Helen Fielding's bestseller.
Bridget is haplessly searching for love, fulfilment and an acceptable waistline in modern London, and Zellweger's willingness to get completely under the skin of her character is what makes this comedy so special.
Both her shape (famously she piled on the pounds for the role) and her British accent are exactly right and her accident-prone mishaps make for plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The sequences in which she turns up at a party dressed as a Playboy Bunny and slides down a fire station pole for a TV news report couldn't be funnier.
However, it's Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, as the very different men in her life, that spark the plot. Firth's pullover makes for an amusingly negative first impression, but he could turn out to be Mr Right, while, as her boss, Grant's super-confident style is that of a man who always gets what he wants.
A delightfully warm and cheery romcom.
This film starts at 11.15pm on UTV.
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