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YMMV: Bridget Jones
  • Broken Base: Some fans loved the second film, others hated it.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Even the people who liked the second movie generally agreed that the prison sequence was a huge misfire, for trivializing what is generally agreed to be one of the most brutal and oppressive prison systems in a civilized country.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In the second movie, Rebecca Gillies has a crush on Bridget.
  • Girls Need Role Models: and boy have they found one!
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Played with in the 3rd book, with Bridget attempting to put together a look that resembles the "red carpet girls" but the difficulty of pulling off the trope is demonstrated and her feelings about Mark make the dating part of the trope very difficult.
  • Grew a Spine: What Bridget does throughout the 1st film also called back in one of the original scripts where towards the Ruby Wedding she chooses to wear a stylish black dress instead of the pre-Thatcher era outfit her mother picked out for her; this happens to Mark on a lesser extent in the film, pretty much he learns to act on his own wants.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the beginning of the novel, Pam mentions to Bridget about a family friend's daughter Julie having a "super dooper job" at the large Arthur Anderson firm, a few years later, it was found guilty of criminal practices involving the auditing of Enron.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: That's Moaning Myrtle crying in a bathroom in her first scene. To continue with the Harry Potter theme, there's also Professor Slughorn and Madam Pomfrey being married.
    • It's hard to believe how bitchy Miss Honey is to Bridget.
    • This isn't the only time Rebecca Pryce had to deal with her man checking out curvy girls, bunny girls, or both.
    • Mark and Colin are father and son?
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Invoked for Bridget's 2012 diary entries, where Bridget had fell into this trope between the death of Mark and her current life as a Mrs. Robinson type; she also lampshades the trope when describing the appearance of Woney as letting her "lovely dark hair go gray" and being struck with a bad case of middle-age spread, she like Bridget gets her appearance back in shape further on.
    • It was even lampshaded after Bridget got back to the weight she complained about in the last two books, with Daniel marveling at how he was afraid she wouldn't look like that again back when she was heavier.
  • Iconic Item: Bridget's control top panties for one, there is also her the ever-present miniskirts and (especially in the book) her floaty dresses but the films have her wearing a silver heart necklace especially in scenes involving her and Mark.
  • Informed Flaw: Many reviewers of the films have slapped Bridget with the Hollywood Pudgy stick and referred to her as "plump", "frumpy", "dowdy", and possessing chubby hands. Bridget isn't a total fashionista, yet dresses like an ordinary person and is merely curvy with non-chubby hands.
  • Mama's Boy: Many viewers and a critic have seen Mark Darcy as this, though his mother serves more as a background player and isn't manipulative or anyway unpleasant.
    Cara Ann Lane: He is the epitome of a sensitive new age man, handsomely packaged in a nice suit. However, the catch to this characterization is his tendency to be manipulated and controlled by the women in his life. While exhibiting his sensitivity and awareness of the needs of others, he is hesitant to stand up for his own desires. His mother and his law partner/girlfriend both make most of the decisions in his life. The film suggests his ex-wife, who had an affair with Daniel (one of the factors leading to this fight), exercised similar control over Darcy.
  • Complaining About Shows You Dont Watch/Critical Research Failure: According to the author of this article, the perception of Bridget as an overweight and whiny loser is incorrect since she starts out working in the competitive field of book publicity, has an attractive and interesting crew, and weighs under the average weight for British women (154 lbs. to Bridget's 125-138 lbs) who just is really harder on herself than warranted and is loved by friends and family, for good reason.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Played with and somewhat deconstructed with the slightly flighty Bridget, the films and books are from her POV, yet she does get the brooding Mark (and later Wallacker) to see things from a brighter and fresher view and is different from all the polished,snotty women and conservative politics they've been exposed to; deconstructed in that she refutes a "you complete me" speech from Daniel in the 1st film.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Edge of Reason when Cleaver sees Bridget getting arrested and just looks the other way
  • Red Pill, Blue Pill: Played with in that for Mark, the Betty Bridget is serves as the red pill who is more honest, passionate, loving, and without pretense compared to the safe option of Natasha (the Veronica) who cares more about nabbing him as an ideal Trophy husband and for social climbing.
  • Real Women Have Curves: Bridget the feminine, curvy, warm, and blonde Girl Next Door, is contrasted with the thinner, angular, and comparatively masculine Alpha Bitch Natasha in the first film.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: Subverted and Deconstructed in both Mark and Bridgets' declaration of love, they each admit the other's faults but noted that despite all that, they're great the way they are.
  • Retroactive Recognition: What's this... Bridget's gay friend is a womanising scientist from the Aerilon colony?
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Mark and Bridget, when they start going out.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Bridget grew up from a little girl who played in her underwear in Mark's paddling pool at his birthday party into an adorable, shapely woman chasing after him in a sweater, blouse, and her panties. Mark once used to be that little boy who was bemused/annoyed at that little girl and became...Colin Firth.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The series in it's own way drops several.
    • The first novel/film: "You have to believe in yourself and not try to focus on being some paragon of perfection, concentrate on being human" along with "You have to know know what you want and not enter a relationship for the sake of being in a relationship."
    • The second novel/film: "It's imperative that you be yourself and let the people you love know how much you love them" and Poor Communication Kills.
    • The third novel: "Just because you reached a certain age/are widowed/have kids doesn't mean that life stops, you have to still live for yourself and step outside your comfort zone."
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Bridget isn't so much wild as she's clumsy and goofy, but the "gherkin up his arse" Mark falls in love with her and her messier ways, it goes to show that Mark ends up dropping all plans he set up or have been made for him (like an engagement that just sprang upon him in public) just to be able to start things afresh for Bridget.
  • Unfortunate Implications: At least one article criticized the films for the implication of single women being pathetic, even though it's mainly Played for Laughs.
  • Unfortunate Names: One can only wonder at how irritated Mark can be that he shares the same surname as a famous literary heartthrob and Bridget's initials are BJ...
  • Values Dissonance: Bridget's mum brings a Masai tribesman back when she goes on holiday to Africa. She nicknames him 'Wellington' because she can't pronounce his name. Bridget is, of course, aghast.
    • A similar incident occurs (in the book, anyway) when Bridget's mother handwaves the possible reasons for Mark's ex-wife's adultery: "Well, of course, she was Japanese. A very cruel race..."
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Like their Pride and Prejudice counterparts, Mark was at first critical of Bridget and she even moreso of him, yet start realizing they like each other.
  • The Woobie: Jude and Bridget's parents can function as this. But there is something sad about Bridget being shocked that there is a man that likes/loves her the way she is and she clearly entered this trope even before she started lip-synching to "All By Myself."
    • If Bridget's self doubts and insecurities didn't make her this trope, then she entered into this trope in the third book when she reminiscences about Mark as a widow.
    • In the original script, there are cutaway scenes where there is a glimpse into Bridget's friends and their own relatives, with Tom being closeted around his family who assumes Bridget is his girlfriend.
    • Shazzer and Rebecca can count in the second movie.
      • Shazzer has the utter look of helplessness when Bridget is caught as a drug mule, only to later find out that the guy she was friendly with was using her as a potential mule and that only her overstuffed bag prevented her from carrying the drugs, and looks really chastened and shaky when she sees Bridget again.
      • Rebecca counts as this trope when you consider she has been infatuated with her colleague's girlfriend and may have been in the closet somewhat.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Daniel can be considered this when he shows total regret for his own actions and is all aware of why his old best friend and old girlfriend/employee want nothing to do with him.
    • Stoic Woobie: Mark, when you consider that his so-called best friend slept with his first wife and that he became this close to settling into another loveless commitment if Bridget hadn't confessed her feelings for him.

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