Guest post written by Christine Duncan
‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ (2001), starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones, is a realistically comical look at the worries of a woman being single in her thirties. At Christmas time, she’s dissatisfied with her weight, her job, her smoking habit, her drinking habit and her ‘singleness’. Her mother’s efforts don’t help when she tries to set Bridget up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Put-off by his ‘bourgeoisie’ airs, Bridget completely rejects him. As part of her New Year’s Resolution, she’s determined to fix all that’s wrong with herself – honestly and whole heartedly- by writing everything in her diary. Soon, her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) makes a pass at her. Bridget accepts only to find herself in the midst of a love triangle between ex-friends Mark and Daniel.
Watching Bridget ping-pong between Mark and Daniel is hilariously enlightening, as her comments and emotions towards love are honest and relatable. Whenever ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ is showing on Tulsa cable, I always make sure to watch it. Her flawed but frank personality is a refreshing change to the typical boy-meets-girl story. Her best friends do exactly what best friends do in real life- hate that you’re single, then hate every guy you date. Bridget’s mistakes are definitely entertaining, but it’s the happy ending that almost doesn’t happen which makes it the best chick flick I’ve ever seen.