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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.
  • 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.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Jacinda Barrett's portrayal of Rebecca Gillies isn't very revolutionary in LGBT representation in Cinema, but it seemed to be a big welcome to any questioning young people to see a positive portrayal of an LGBT person coming out, it gets even more heartwarming when projects like It Gets Better years after the film came out.
  • 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?
  • Mainstream Obscurity/Complaining about Shows You Don't 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) is really harder on herself than warranted and is loved by friends and family, for good reason.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Edge of Reason when Cleaver sees Bridget getting arrested and just looks the other way
  • Retroactive Recognition: What's this... Bridget's gay friend is a womanising scientist from the Aerilon colony?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The series in its 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."
  • Tear Jerker: Oh so many.
    • Bridget's parents' marriage, Pam is seeing other Men (the film has her say she doesn't feel appreciated) and Colin is bereft about it.
    • Bridget lip-synching "All By Myself", even the goofy ones cry people.
    • Jude's lamenting over her relationship with Vile Richard, she tries so hard in the relationship and he doesn't care.
    • Bridget after having walked in on Daniel and his girlfriend and hearing the woman reply "I thought you said she was thin", ever seen a Playboy Bunny walking sadly on the streets? Well you'll see it there.
    • Bridget, whenever she gets blue about being single and dreading she'll die fat and alone with dogs feasting on her corpse, she's a very loving and lovable person and doesn't see how anyone would be lucky to have her.
    • The parallel scenes concentrating on Mark and Bridget after he goes through with an engagement that he didn't agree to once and that position in New York while she goes home and writes "Bridget Jones: Spinster and Lunatic" in her diary, the playing of Gabrielle's "Out of Reach" emphasizes the pain further.
    • Mark and Bridget after arguing over how to educate their prospective son (waiting for the results of her pregnancy test stick), they're in bed later yet not touching each other and looking like they want to apologize.
    • Mark and Bridget after their argument over Rebecca Gillies in the second film, seems a lot of people in London are in love and they're split.
    • Bridget thinking Mark doesn't love her after their encounter in the Thai prison.
    • From Shazzer's POV, seeing Bridget arrested is this. Your best friend is arrested for something she's totally innocent of and you could've been in her place if there was more room to stuff those drugs you had no knowledge of.
    • The third book over Bridget's yearning for Mark especially this line "I fucking miss you and I miss fucking you."
    • Bridget recalling that Mark was traumatized by his time in boarding school.
    • The fact Wallacker is suffering from PTSD
    • The flashback where Colin held his grandson before he died.
    • The 2nd book having Bridget catch Mark with Rebecca is this, leading to the disintegration of their relationship (for awhile).
    • Rebecca in the 2nd movie is this for many closeted LGBT viewers, one can only imagine how painful it is for her to keep her sexuality on the down low at work (a very conservative law firm) and the fact she has feelings for her boss/friend's girlfriend.
  • Unknown Rival: Bridget and Natasha. Bridget (Lizzy Bennett style) didn't care much for Mark and like Caroline, Natasha would snub and insult Bridget just to show her up in front of Mark note . Double-Subverted with Bridget and Mark ultimately getting together.
  • 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..."
  • 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.
    • The first two books have Bridget's married friend Magda dealing with her husband seeing other women and one scene has Magda advice Bridget to enjoy being single while she still can.
    • After finally marrying Vile Richard in the end of the 2nd book, the 3rd book reveals that he left Jude after a few months of marriage.
    • 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.
      • The 3rd book has Bridget talk about how she and Mark would have pillow talk while he was alive, he confessed to having so much nightmares as a result of his time in boarding school, she said that right there she saw that inside the powerful and eloquent human rights barrister, is the scared little boy he was then.