Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 film, based on the novel, also called Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding. The adaptation starred Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget's 'true love' Mark Darcy. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004.
Before the film came out a considerable amount of controversy surrounded the casting of the American Zellweger as what some saw as a quintessentially British heroine. However, her performance is widely considered to be of a high standard.
Bridget Jone's Diary DVD cover
Helen Fielding has stated in many interviews that her novel was based upon both Jane Austen's work Pride and Prejudice and the popular 1995 BBC adaptation, Pride and Prejudice. This was also reflected in the decision to cast Colin Firth as Darcy, since he played the 'real' Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This is not the film's only connection to that serial – the screenplay was co-written by Andrew Davies, who had written the adaptation of Austen's novel for the BBC.
The film includes cameos by Salman Rushdie and Jeffrey Archer.
The director of the film, Sharon Maguire, is one of Fielding's friends whom the character of "Shazzer" was reportedly based on. In the film "Shazzer" was played by Sally Phillips, who originally auditioned for the role of Bridget but was not considered a big enough name for the part. Kate Winslet also auditioned for the part and was almost considered for it, but eventually was dismissed since she was too young (25 at the time the auditions took place) to play Bridget.
The movie's soundtrack features two hit songs which were released as singles, "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle and "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell. Robbie Williams contributed two songs to the soundtrack and Sheryl Crow contributed one.
Other songs in the movie not listed on the soundtrack include:
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