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Bridget Jones' Diary, by Sharon Maguire, 2001

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Bridget Jones' Diary, by Sharon Maguire, 2001.

This modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice began as a column in the London newspaper The Independent, which was then published as the novel on which the film is based. Bridget Jones' Diary features thirty-something Londoner Bridget Jones, who is on a quest for love and self-improvement that she records in her diary. The New Year gets off to a rocky start when her mother introduces her to pretentious lawyer Mark Darcy, who eventually becomes Bridget's love interest. In the film, Mark Darcy is played by Colin Firth, a joking reference to the fact that Firth played Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (which Bridget watches in the novel).

Based on the novel by Helen Fielding (London: Picador), 1996. Directed by Sharon Maguire, presented by Little Bird, Studio Canal, and Working Title Films, starring Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger, and Hugh Grant.