It’s Renee Zellweger’s birthday today, ladies. I’m happy for her and all, but I’m going to be honest, it’s really just an excuse for me to talk about Bridget Jones.
I’ve talked about this hot mess heroine with many women. One of the first things almost all of them will say is, “Oh my gosh, she’s so me!” Now, obviously they don’t mean that they are thirty-two year old British women with smoking addictions who “dress like their mothers”. But there’s something about Ms. Bridget Jones that is undeniably universal to women. So, where does this sassy lady’s addicting all-ness come from?
When we first meet Bridget, she’s on her way to her mother’s turkey curry holiday buffet. Upon arrival, her mother informs her that what she is wearing simply will not do by sweetly saying, “You’ll never get a boyfriend by looking like an Auschwitz victim.” Of course a mother only wants what’s best for her children, but we can certainly all relate to the fact that sometimes moms can be a touch insensitive and even racially offensive in the process. And we will totally be just like them someday.
All By Myself
Arguably one of the most memorable scenes in the movies is the opening credit sequence. Bridget has been called a spinster by the hopelessly handsome Mark Darcy and proceeds to blare, sing, and dance to “All By Myself” alone in her flat while drinking heavily and sort of watching Frasier reruns in the background. Every woman, at some point in her life, has been there. Period.
Stank Bag Boyfriend
Enter the misogynist massive jerk bag Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant at his absolute cutest). Let me digress for a second by talking about his entrance into the film.
The elevator doors open. Hugh Grant is inside, with a faint worthy, bad boy smirk on his face while Aretha Franklin belts out “Respect”.
I will always have a special place in my heart for ‘90s and early 2000’s Rom Coms, simply because of the musical choices in these films.
Okay, back to Daniel Clever being a royal dirt bag. Maybe you married your middle school sweet heart and never had your heart broken. I am happy for you. But, like many women, I have dated the Daniel Cleaver type stank bag. The guy who is wickedly handsome and every girl not-so-secretly wants to be his girlfriend. The guy who can get away with anything by smiling and spouting off a snarky one liner. The guy who can get out of anything with a little white lie and hopes that his mistruths will never catch up with him. But dating the jerk makes finding the perfect guy that much better. True for me and certainly true for Ms. Jones in this movie.
Where Are The Toilets?
We have all failed in social settings at one point or another in our lives. In the film, Bridget is at a book launch party, and in the hopes of interjecting a titillating point about Chechneya, she ends up asking, “Do you know where the toilets are?” Hashtag awkward. Thank you, Bridget Jones, for giving us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves.
Bridget Jones isn’t a size zero. Bridget Jones wears granny panties. Bridget Jones is a royal hot mess who is constantly wearing the wrong outfit to parties. You would think women everywhere would be shy to claim that they are just like her. But we aren’t. Why? Because at the end of the movie, the perfect, handsome, quiet but strong Mark Darcy tells her that he loves her just the way she is. Every woman wants to be told that. Bridget Jones showed us that we aren’t alone in our hot mess-ness. She showed us that we can be a bit of a mess but there’s a guy out there who will love us just as we are.
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