Bridget Jones's Diary

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Single gal's romantic mishaps are fun for older teens.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 97 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Despite Bridget's obsessive attempts to improve herself -- and to make herself more appealing to the men in her life -- Mark tells her that he likes her "just the way she is," and doesn't expect her to change. Friends are loyal to each other, and Bridget does try hard.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There is a reason Bridget Jones is loved by women around the world. She's fighting many of the same singleton problems so many of us are too. That being said, she still smokes, drinks and makes foolish mistakes. Proceed with caution.

Violence

Mark punches Daniel in the face, and they fight. 

Sex

Although explicit sex and nudity are never shown, much of the plot revolves around Bridget having sex and talking about having sex. There is passionate kissing, including on a bed. Characters are shown in their underwear. A nude woman is seen in a bathtub using a book to cover herself.

Language

Strong language, including uses of "f--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "c--t," "ass," "hell," "wanker," and "crap," as well as British slang words "bollocks" and "shag." One friend is described as liking to say "f--k" a lot, and she does.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and smoke a lot. Bridget drinks when she's depressed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bridget Jones's Diary is a romantic comedy that's full of strong language and sexual situations. Many people find Bridget to be a likable, relatable woman, but her obsession with finding a boyfriend, among other things, make her an iffy role model. Despite her attempts to quit, Bridget drinks and smokes a lot, as do other characters. A great deal of the plot revolves around characters having sex and talking about having sex, with frequent uses of "f--k" and the British equivalent, "shag." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant year old Written byFosterFan October 18, 2011

Fabulous Zellweger, lots of smoking.

How could someone look into Renée Zellweger's big, beautiful eyes and not be immediately charmed by her? Sure, there is a lot of swearing (particularly the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoubleDee. November 7, 2009
Kid, 10 years old April 17, 2010

WAY FUNNY!!!!1

I probably shouldn't have seen this at ten, but who really cares? If you've heard all the swear words and gotten over them, then you should be totally... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY, Bridget wants to lose weight, stop smoking and drinking, and stop worrying about getting a boyfriend -- so that she can get a boyfriend. But first, she has to get through the gorgeous cad stage -- having an affair with her workaholic, alcoholic, self-centered, needy, but witty and undeniably extremely gorgeous boss, Daniel (Hugh Grant). But being taken advantage of by Daniel is not the worst of Bridget's trials. There is her mother, who leaves her father for an oily home shopping channel pitchman with a fake tan. There is showing up for a "tarts and vicars" party in a Playboy bunny outfit because no one told her that they had decided not to have the guests wear costumes after all. There is the rather stunning shot of Bridget from below as she slides down a fireman's pole, broadcast throughout the country on television. And there is the stiff and disapproving childhood neighbor, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), now a divorced barrister, who always seems to be there just as Bridget encounters disaster.

Is it any good?

Renée Zellwegger is irresistible as Bridget Jones, in this delectable romantic comedy with some sly references to that uber-romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. From the opening credits of , when we see her singing along with the radio to "All By Myself" in her flannel pajamas, we know that she is destined to find someone who loves her as much as we do already, and that we will have a lot of fun on the way there. Hugh Grant seems positively relieved not to have to be the stammering, adorable, truehearted "Notting Hill" guy anymore. He plays the part of Daniel, "a disaster with a posh voice and a terrible character," with such relish that viewers enjoy seeing Bridget fall for him almost as much as they enjoy seeing her tell him off.

Like his namesake in Pride and Prejudice, though, Darcy turns out to have more tenderness and humor than one would think. And so do the filmmakers. Firth, who played Darcy in the television miniseries Pride and Prejudice, appears as this Mr. Darcy as well, and his sly and subtle variation on the character is another of the great pleasures in Bridget Jones's Diary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about self image in Bridget Jones's Diary. What sort of factors do you think affect Bridget's body image and self-esteem?

  • How do we sort through all of the expectations of our families and our society to decide who we will be and what chances we will take?

  • What does someone have to know about herself in order to turn down a Daniel? In order to understand what someone like Darcy has to offer?

  • How does Bridget Jones's Diary relate to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? What similarities are there between the two stories? What is different in the modern setting?

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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