Review Date: April 14, 2001
Director: Sharon Maguire
Writer: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis
Producers: Tim Bevan, Jonathan Cavendish, Eric Fellner
The movie is basically all about the lead character and thankfully, I just adored her. She wasn't an annoyingly gorgeous woman who just happened to be single because the screenwriters thought it would be a perfect way to lead Ashley Judd or Jennifer Lopez through the rest of the film, while the audience wondered whether or not she'd end up with the gorgeous guy in the end. Yawn. I mean, sure Renee Zellweger plays a beautiful girl here too, but she's not without her faults. She drinks too much, she smokes too much, she thinks she weighs too much, but you what, she's still a "real person". We can relate to her, and I certainly did, as did my female movie companion, who was bowled over by Zellweger's supreme performance. As was I. And to be perfectly honest with you, the story itself really wasn't all that much to crow about, I mean, the actual mechanics of the plot line were fairly simple to figure out early on, but it was a fun time anyway. The characters were all very well acted, especially Zellweger, who practically became Bridget Jones, British accent et al, the mood was very cozy, the film didn't seem artificial in any way and the romance and true-to-life circumstances, all brilliantly incorporated. Oh yeah, and the movie's pretty damn funny as well! And allow me to re-iterate once again, the brilliance of this film's soundtrack, which literally takes you along in certain scenes and melds you into others. A definite high point in Renee Zellweger's career, this movie will either work for you or not, according to your general affection towards the lead character and her romantic plight, and for me, she worked gangbusters! Good show, m'lady!'