‘You will leave the cin­ema smil­ing’

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -

Brid­get Jones is the poster girl for sin­gle women ev­ery­where.

The world has now been en­ter­tained by sev­eral books and films about the life and loves of the clumsy yet de­light­ful Brid­get Jones, sin­gle­ton.

It is a truth uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged that women ev­ery­where are grate­ful for the preva­lence of the slim­ming un­der­wear range made fa­mous by Brid­get.

When you ask a depart­ment store if they stock Brid­get Jones pants the staff know what you mean.

Those pants pro­vide an in­stant diet. The fat mirac­u­lously re­ar­ranges it­self.

Any­way, when Brid­get Jones’ Di­ary was pub­lished in the 1990s, a friend rang to say her mother had an­nounced that some­one had writ­ten a book about me.

I didn’t know whether to be flat­tered or in­sulted.

For a start I was much younger than Brid­get was sup­posed to be.

Af­ter read­ing the book, I had to ad­mit she had a point.

Back then my so­cial life also in­volved spend­ing vast amounts of time drink­ing wine with my friends, gos­sip­ing, smok­ing and con­stantly fall­ing for the wrong men.

How­ever, like me, Brid­get has moved on, and had the good sense to give up smok­ing.

Last week­end I went to see the lat­est film, Brid­get Jones’ Baby.

Re­nee Zell­weger is per­fectly cast in the lead role.

In sum­mary, Brid­get finds out she’s preg­nant.

The baby’s un­clear.

The film rat­tles along as Brid­get jug­gles preg­nancy, her work and the at­ten­tion of both an old flame, the re­pressed but aw­fully de­cent Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth) and new love, Jack Qwant (played by Pa­trick Dempsey), a lively, out­go­ing Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire.

There are many laughs and far­ci­cal mo­ments, a su­perb sound­track, stun­ning shots of Lon­don and a stack of cliche´s about Amer­i­cans.

Brid­get’s ever loyal group of


is friends are there to of­fer sup­port ev­ery step of the way along with her over the top mother and her calm, steady Dad.

The cast in­cludes some amus­ing col­leagues, par­tic­u­larly tele­vi­sion news pre­sen­ter Mi­randa, played by Sarah Sole­mani.

There is comic ge­nius in Brid­get’s job as a news pro­ducer and some scathing but ac­cu­rate re­flec­tions on the me­dia in today’s so­ci­ety.

I cer­tainly re­lated to as­pects of the film.

Like me, Brid­get finds her­self at­tend­ing many child fo­cussed events. I know that feel­ing.

One minute you’re at­tend­ing 21st birthday par­ties and wed­dings.

Then be­fore you can say pass the par­cel the years roll by and you’re out at Remarkables Park won­der­ing what the hell to buy a five year old while con­tem­plat­ing how you will han­dle a house full of scream­ing chil­dren, fairy bread and sausage rolls.

Brid­get has to choose which man (if ei­ther) she wants to be with. It’s com­pli­cated.

I won’t ruin the end­ing, how­ever I’d cer­tainly rec­om­mend the film. You will leave the cin­ema smil­ing.

I per­son­ally was im­pressed by the fact that Mark Darcy is a hu­man rights lawyer.

You don’t get much no­bler than that in a ca­reer.

Queen­stown is not awash with hu­man rights lawyers but I will keep my eye out.

❚ Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Email mir­ror@stl.co.nz

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