“The thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.”
Welcome to Harbour Highlights our monthly series of cult and classic films handpicked by the Harbour Lights staff. For December’s selection, what better choice than a film that begins and ends in the season of reindeer jumpers and resolutions?
Twenty years after she glugged wine in her pyjamas and lip synced to All By Myself, it’s hard to imagine anyone else as Bridget Jones – even though the casting of slender Texan Renée Zellweger as the constantly-dieting Brit caused much controversy at the time. Zellweger not only turned Bridget into a cinematic icon but the role earned her an Oscar nomination – a rarity for a comedic performance.
The film also helped turn Colin Firth into a genuine movie star and allowed Hugh Grant to move on from bumbling nice guy roles thanks to his against-type turn as the caddish Daniel Cleaver. Celebrate Bridget Jones's Diary on its twentieth anniversary and revisit all the big pants, blue soup and Geri Halliwell-backed fist fights back on the big screen this Christmas.