Excessively Diverted Episode 5 – Bridget Jones’s Diary

This week Sammi and Beau get a reprieve in the form of the crackling onscreen chemistry between Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in 2001’s ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary,’ a loose homage to Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ This week the only yelling is over how superhuman Colin Firth’s eye acting is and Hugh Grant’s questionable attributes, with the occasional eye roll directed at the soundtrack.

Bridget Jones’s Diary was directed by Sharon Maguire and stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones.

The Good: 

Bridget herself is a great and believable character. While bearing little resemblance to Elizabeth Bennet, she’s still a centered, witty, and ultimately charming character. And then there’s Mark Darcy, and we cannot stress enough how INCREDIBLE COLIN FIRTH’S EYE ACTING IS! Seriously, how does he do that???  Bridget’s support system of her friends and family grounds the movie in reality, making Bridget’s life, and her ultimate victory, seem that much more attainable. And isn’t that the goal of every RomCom?

The Bad: 

We’re not in love with Mark Darcy pummeling Daniel, though the scene is funny and well acted (and, as we state in the show, we’re not so evolved we don’t enjoy watching a couple strapping men rolling around on the ground). The soundtrack also leaves much to be desired. It’s less a soundtrack and more a “Greatest hits from every romcom you’ve ever seen” compilation.

The Ugly: 



Better than most things. All the heart eyes. One million and one Squeeeeees!


Podcast Music by Nicolai Heidlas

Podcast art by Josh Hollis

Beau grew up in South Carolina but now calls Portland home. She can get by pretty much anywhere as long as she has her books, iPhone and Netflix.

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  1. Linda Beutler

    I’ve watched BJD through end to end once, and seen numerous bits if scenes, and wasn’t a fan. Clearly I need to suspend my Hugh Grant snark, my Reneé snark, and my “Colin how could you?” and watch it through again. You’ve convinced me. Also, nice sound balance on this episode.

    Can’t wait to hear your take on P&P&Z. Try to be mildly inebriated and have an open mind. Just after the Hunsford Proposal, have two more drinks to see you through to the end. In its way, it is a comedic tour de force, at least until the finale.

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