By Julie Denice Griffin
Bridget Jones begins to despair when she realizes that she is already a very young spinster, and at the same time quite insane. The clencher comes as she actually begins to have a relationship with a real live man, albeit her boss who is a real jerk – She becomes very upset as does her father when her mother leaves him for a younger man to assist him with his job as a television jewelry shopping channel salesperson. Her father calls him a tangerine tinted baboon.
More significant, her father is ecstatic to find out that Bridget has actually found a man. “A real one?” asks her father, nearly doubting. But then, even Bridget knows by now that only believe is the world’s lie and for most who live the quietly desperate lives of the normal, an existential focus is a lot more sensible. You have to eat what’s on the plate now. And bad girls have to be humble. They never really get a lot anyway. So, Bridget smartly sucks it up and goes off for a week-end with the jerk, and decides to survive it by pretending she’s Grace Kelly.
But inside the body of every bad girl is a heart that’s likely more senstive and a lot more kind than all the rest. So when the bad guy pleads company troubles and cuts the trip short to leave Bridget there and rush home to a sweet, young New York looker – Who he actually gets engaged to be married to. Bridget is the last to find out. What is important to realize at this point is that, it is not what Bridget failed to do or did not do that caused any of her misery. Bridget’s open heart and open mind for positive and good possibilities had nothing to do with the bad guy’s choice to do what he did to her. The bad guy had a decision maker in him that could have chosen to do right.
But at least, Bridget’s mother’s choice of husband candidate for her is jealous when he sees her ability to spontaneous reaction during and with her date, the jerk. If there’s one thing Bridget majors in, it’s fun and laughter. But for Bridget, it all really began on the New Year’s Day of her 32nd birthday, where the height of her old-fashioned mother’s sophistication is stuffing pickles on toothpicks. And Bridget shows up at one of her mother’s social parties realistically expecting little for herself and even more less than that in the way of a man. Her mother forces her to defrock her frump look and exchanges it for something equally disturbing – That which Bridget now calls wearing a comfortable and well-patterned curduroy carpet.
Sadly Bridget tries to reassure herself that she is not overdoing her drinking, at the same time she falls out of her work limo, and onto the ground. At home, she wears flannel pajamas and lip syncs the words to All By Myself. She has no other choice than to infatuate herself with her scoundrel boss, who is at least available. And as she fantasizes how she finally tamed and married the truly more easily attainable than she really knew – She fails to realize the faithful and the handsome and the quiet Mark, her childhood friend waiting in the back wings.
And although her father calls him and she agrees as this affords her a means to sip her whiskey and smoke in peace, “Human rights barrister. Pretty nasty beast apparently.” You remember Bridget, her mother tries to push the two together. But the real turning point had come during New Year’s when Bridget decided to make a diary of her life. “I decided to take control of my life – And start a Diary of Bridget Jones.” She swears off all the unhealthy men she’s ever infatuated her whole life with, even her boss who she later ends up spending all of her free time with until she catches him cheating.
I am not going to tell you how the story turns out, as I want you to rent the movie and respond to me by leaving your opinion of the movie in the comment box (below).But I will tell you this. That she finally ends up with a man that truly is good. Perhaps finding someone who is the truth and not the lie is a fairytale. And you know what they say, rejection is God’s way of protecting you from a bad person. Hugh Grant plays Bridget’s scoundrel boss and Colin Firth does an excellent job with the female character of Bridget. The movie, based on the novel by Helen Fielding runs for an hour and thirty-eight minutes, is rated R, and came out in 2001.
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