Bridget Jones (film series)

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Bridget Jones
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Cinematography
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1: April 13, 2001
  • 2: November 12, 2004
  • 3: September 16, 2016
Running time
323 minutes[1][2][3]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetTotal (3 films)
$100 million
Box officeTotal (3 films)
$756,402,939

Bridget Jones is a British-American romantic comedy film series based on the Helen Fielding novels of the same name. The series consists of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). The film series has grossed over $756 million worldwide against a combined budget of $100 million.

Films[edit]

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)[edit]

Bridget Jones is alcoholic binger, smoker, overweight thirty-something British woman who tries to keep things in order and while also dealing with her job as a publisher. When she attends a Christmas party with her parents, they try to set her up with their neighbours' son, Mark. After being snubbed by Mark, she starts to fall for her boss Daniel, a handsome man who begins to send her suggestive e-mails that leads to a dinner date. Daniel reveals that he and Mark attended college together, in that time Mark had an affair with his fiancée. Bridget decides to get a new job as a TV presenter after finding Daniel being frisky with a colleague. At a dinner party, she runs into Mark who expresses his affection for her, Daniel claims he wants Bridget back, the two fight over her and Bridget must make a decision who she wants to be with.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)[edit]

Bridget is currently living a happy life with her lawyer boyfriend Mark Darcy, however not only does she starts to become threatened and jealous of Mark's new young intern, she is angered by the fact Mark is a conservative voter. With so many issues already at hand, things get worse for Bridget as her ex-lover, Daniel Cleaver, re-enters her life; the only help she has are her friends and her reliable diary.

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)[edit]

Bridget Jones is struggling with her current state of life, including her break up with her love Mark Darcy. As she pushes forward and works hard to find fulfilment in her life seems to do wonders until she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack Quant. Things from then on go great, until she discovers that she is pregnant but the biggest twist of all, she does not know if Mark or Jack is the father of her child.

Bridget Jones 4[edit]

Due to the immense critical and commercial success of 'Bridget Jones's Baby', a sequel has been rumoured since 2016. Renee Zellweger hinted at the possibility of a sequel in 2017, and again in January 2018.[4]

Principal cast[edit]

Characters Films
Bridget Jones's Diary
(2001)
Bridget Jones:
The Edge of Reason

(2004)
Bridget Jones's Baby
(2016)
Bridget Jones Renée Zellweger
Mark Darcy Colin Firth
Daniel Cleaver Hugh Grant Hugh Grant Photograph[nb 1]
Jack Qwant Patrick Dempsey
Colin Jones Jim Broadbent
Pamela Jones Gemma Jones
Jude Shirley Henderson
Tom James Callis
Sharon Sally Phillips
Richard Fink Neil Pearson
Una Alconbury Celia Imrie
Uncle Geoffrey James Faulkner
Admiral Darcy Donald Douglas
Mrs. Darcy Charmian May Shirley Dixon[5][nb 2]
Lara Lisa Barbuscia
Mr. Fitzherbert Paul Brooke
Natasha Glenville Embeth Davidtz
Julian Patrick Barlow
Perpetua Felicity Montagu
Magda Jessica Stevenson
Rebecca Gillies   Jacinda Barrett
Jed   Paul Nicholls
Miranda Sarah Solemani
Dr. Rawling Emma Thompson

Crew[edit]

Role Film
Bridget Jones's Diary
(2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
(2004)
Bridget Jones's Baby
(2016)
Director Sharon Maguire Beeban Kidron Sharon Maguire
Producer Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Jonathan Cavendish Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Debra Hayward
Screenplay Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis & Helen Fielding Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, Adam Brooks & Helen Fielding Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer & Emma Thompson
Composer Patrick Doyle Harry Gregson-Williams Craig Armstrong
Editor Martin Walsh Greg Hayden Melanie Ann Oliver
Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh Adrian Biddle Andrew Dunn
MPAA rating R
Running time 97 minutes 107 minutes 123 minutes

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
United States
opening weekend
North America Other
territories
Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
Bridget Jones's Diary[6] April 13, 2001 $10,733,933 $71,543,427 $210,386,368 $281,929,795 #996 #421 $25 million
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason[7] November 12, 2004 $8,684,055 $40,226,215 $222,294,509 $262,520,724 #1,895 #458 $40 million
Bridget Jones's Baby[8] September 16, 2016 $8,571,785 $24,252,420 $187,700,000 $211,952,420 #2,893 #642 $35 million
Total[9] $136,022,062 $620,380,877 $756,402,939 $100 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Bridget Jones's Diary 81% (154 reviews)[10] 66 (33 reviews)[11] B+[12]
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 27% (151 reviews)[13] 44 (37 reviews)[14] B+[12]
Bridget Jones's Baby 76% (180 reviews)[15] 59 (42 reviews)[16] B+[12]
Average 62% 56 B+

The first film received positive reviews and holds an 81% approval rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 6.9/10, based on 154 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm."[10] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 66, based on 33 reviews, considered to be "generally favorable reviews".[11] Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 possible stars.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bridget Jones's Diary[edit]

Renée Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, the Empire Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Colin Firth), the Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, the Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Hugh Grant), the Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock (shared with Grant), and the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.

Firth won the European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor and the European Film Award – Jameson People's Choice Award – Best Actor and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Grant won the Evening Standard British Film Awards' Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and was nominated for the Empire Award for Best British Actor, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and the European Film Award – Jameson People's Choice Award – Best Actor. Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, and Helen Fielding were nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the Satellite Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason[edit]

The film was voted Evening Standard Readers' Film of 2004. It was on the shortlist for the Orange Film of the Year Award at the 2005 BAFTAs. For her performance as Bridget Jones, Zellweger gained another Golden Globe Award nomination and won the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Leading Lady in 2005.

Bridget Jones's Baby[edit]

The film was nominated at the 2017 Diversity in Media Awards for Movie of the Year and won the ASPAC Award.

Home media[edit]

The first film on VHS was released in 2001 containing over 35 minutes of bonus material which includes: Deleted Scenes, Exclusive Interviews, Bridget's Guide to “Getting It Right”. There was also a VHS of "The Making of Bridget Jones". In 2001 the film was released on DVD containing brand new bonus material and in 2011 a Blu-ray version of the film was released. A Collective Edition of the film was released in 2004 with new bonus material including; The Bridget Phenomenon, The Young And The Mateless, Portrait Of The Makeup Artist, Domestic and International TV Spots, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason Theatrical Trailer, Bridget Jones's Diary Reviews and A Guide to Bridget Britishism.

The second film was released on DVD in 2004 with a variety of bonus features.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)". British Board of Film Classification. July 3, 2001. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)". British Board of Film Classification. February 1, 2004. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)". British Board of Film Classification. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/814188/Bridget-Jones-Diary-4-sequel-new-movie-Renee-Zelwegger-rumours/amp
  5. ^ "Mrs Darcy IMDb Profile". IMDb. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Bridget Jones Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Bridget Jones's Diary". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Bridget Jones's Diary: reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c "CinemaScore". Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason: Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "Bridget Jones's Baby". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Bridget Jones's Baby: Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Ebert, Roger (13 April 2001). "Bridget Jones's Diary Movie Review (2001)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A photograph of Daniel Cleaver is seen twice in the film, with a photo of Hugh Grant representing his character.
  2. ^ Non-speaking role - replaced Charmain May due to actress's death.