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Girl, Afraid

Renée Zellweger nervously Joneses for romance

For all that, the weirdest thing about this wispy Bridget Jones is that it attracted so many big-league players. In addition to having on the crew such luminaries as Dryburgh (who lensed The Piano), Martin Walsh (who edited Hilary and Jackie), and Rachel Fleming (who designed costumes for The Beach), the movie includes a couple of noteworthy cameos. Salman Rushdie's presence at a publisher's fête is quite amusing, if not too surprising (he enthusiastically endorsed Fielding's book), and Jeffrey Archer shows up as well.

Bridget Jones's Diary, starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant, gives us no reason to care about a mopey, boring character who neither offers nor seeks a reason for her own existence.
Bridget Jones's Diary, starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant, gives us no reason to care about a mopey, boring character who neither offers nor seeks a reason for her own existence.

In small roles as Bridget's compassionate friends, we also get Shirley Henderson (Wonderland), Sally Phillips (the receptionist from I'm Alan Partridge) and James Callis (TV's Jason and the Argonauts) as -- what else? -- the obligatory gay sidekick. Toss in Embeth Davidtz as a nasty American competitor for Daniel's nonexistent affections, plus a gaggle of snide couples to mock our heroine's own unexamined terror of commitment, and Bridget Jones adds up to little more than too many weddings and not nearly enough funerals.

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