‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ turns 20 and still teaches us valuable lessons

Look again “Bridget Jones’ Diary” 20 years after its premiere: 10/10. Highly recommended.

In 2001, a 32-year-old British white woman resonated with a teenager. Though it should be obvious, a young Rasha’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” showed that unpolished, average, eccentric, and supposedly “overweight” women were worthy of love and respect. And it was also where my unrequited The love affair with Hugh Grant began.

I’m not one to watch movies that I’ve watched over and over, so sit down and watch Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones in 2021 came with many welcome memories, important memories and less crowning moments than I expected.

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Oh, and this film is very white. I don’t know if Rasha, a teenager who didn’t notice, or if it was because an all-white cast was just the norm back then, but wow.

Bridget had no black friends? No Asian employees? Interesting.

Once I got over the lack of melanin, it was comforting to know that 20 years later, the concept of dating and love still hasn’t changed.


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Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant in “Bridget Jones’ Diary”.Alex Bailey, Miramax Films

“Listen, Daniel, if you’ve changed your mind, you can just say it. Because I honestly don’t see what could be so important,” says Bridget, calling Daniel and giving him the opportunity to be more honest than to lead them further. We love to see it.

We later find out that Daniel actually cheated and cheated on Bridget with another colleague. While upset by the news, Bridget gets up and leaves the relationship. She finds a new job and even after Daniel asked her to stay, she firmly says no and walks out of the office to hear Aretha Franklin’s “respect”.

Yass’s sister, leave him!

After Bridget bid Daniel and his Shenanigans adieu, Mark finds his way into the life of our protagonist and the two apparently have a good cause ahead of them. But because ex-partners who got you wrong have a sixth sense of when things are going well in your life, Daniel shows up at Bridget’s door while she is having dinner with Mark and her friends, begging for her back.

Renee Zellweger and Sally Phillips in

Renee Zellweger and Sally Phillips in “Bridget Jones’ Diary”.Alex Bailey, Miramax Films

Daniel and Mark even get into a fight, partly because of Bridget, but mostly because of an unresolved story between the two. An injured Daniel is still trying to win Bridget over by telling her, “If I can’t do it with you, I can’t do it with anyone.”

This is not good enough for our friend Bridget, who is sticking to her limits. She knows she deserves better than what Daniel is offering, and although Bridget wanted love and a life partner, she does not settle down.

Bridget would rather have no one than someone who is not good for her. It’s a logical notion, but despite the sense it makes, some of us have found (* embarrassed, raise a hand *) that we are giving people one too many chances. Allowing people to abuse us. We settle for OK so that we don’t die alone and have to be half eaten by wolves.

But because this is a rom-com, Bridget obviously found someone: Mark.

Even after 20 years, “Bridget Jones’ Diary” reminds us of unconventionally beautiful women who, according to social standards, do not have their lives together and do not have to be satisfied with love.

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Published 11:05 UTC April 11, 2021
Updated 13:19 UTC April 11, 2021


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