I remember the first time when I have seen Bridget Jones in her red PJs singing “All By Myself” loud and drunk. I was 13, and I was hooked for life. Since then Bridget Jones has always been there for me during hangovers, breakups, or just plain old hardships of life. Now that I have turned 30 and started my official spinster years I can relate to her even more. I have seen many chick flicks during the past decades, but Bridget Jones is my ultimate chick flick heroine. And here are 10 reasons why.
#1 – Bridget Jones is fabulously flawed.
She is chubby, clumsy and tops it up with some heavy-drinking, smoking and accidental curses. Bridget Jones is cute and giddy but tends to fall into things. And I don’t just mean to fall in love, but more like to fall into mud and television screens. A default romantic heroine is just like she is.
Jude: Not thinner? Not cleverer? Not with slightly bigger breasts or slightly smaller nose? – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
No, just as she is. And we love her for these exact flaws.
#2 – She is incredibly relatable.
Bridget is good-looking but more in an ugly-duck-turning-into-a-swan kind of way, she is so not the apparent hot-girl-in-your-face type. Ms Jones is the ultimate everywoman, whom we can all relate to. All three movies of the Bridget Jones saga are romantic comedies targeting mainly women. As in any good chick flick having a relatable protagonist is crucial to their success, and Renée Zellweger with a couple of extra kilos is the perfect embodiment of the girl next door.
#3 – She is pop-culture savvy.
Bridget is the creative type with heavy consumption of self-help books, late-night television and Madonna singles. In the first movie Bridget Jones works at a publishing house, then she quits and becomes a television reporter. In the sequel, Ms Jones holds on to tv journalism. Finally, in the last flick, Bridget is a soft-news producer until she decides to quit her job again. That takes us to the next reason why she is the ultimate chick flick heroine.
#4 – Bridget Jones says what she means.
She was labelled a “verbally incontinent” person, but Bridget only says it out loud what we are all thinking too. Sometimes she does talk faster than she thinks, but it turns out to be hilarious anyway.
Bridget: Bridget Jones, wanton sex goddess, with a very bad man between her thighs… Mum… Hi. – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
#5 – She gets to choose between two men.
Let’s get down to the most crucial part of all things romcom: the men. Bridget Jones is offered the ultimate dilemma. Which one to choose? The cynical bad guy who charms himself into your panties? Or the kind and reliable, but sometimes unbearably haughty nice guy?
#6 – Bridget Jones makes you laugh with her.
Not at her, as Mr Bad Guy Daniel Clever claims it. She creates new words, inserts way too many hints and pop cultural references in her speech and uses language in a generally funny way.
Bridget: Night Dad, I’m off to Bedfordshire. – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
She applies humour to self-reflect and to find her way out of any embarrassing, miserable or merely heartbroken situation.
Bridget: I’m enjoying a relationship with two men simultaneously. The first called Ben, the other Jerry. – Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
#7 – She is not afraid to show her scars.
Any single person who suffered through a dinner party with married couples can relate to Bridget Jones. Holidays and family gatherings are the absolute worst. Because these times should be about the trinity of love, peace and quiet and not about calling you out on your imaginary shortcomings dictated by society. All the people out there who can showcase vulnerability and not get hurt in the process are my personal heroes including Bridget.
#8 – Bridget Jones eventually learns to love herself.
Bridget is continuously battling with outside factors like finding a new job, working out more, giving up cigarettes, alcohol and sugar altogether or discovering real love. She keeps struggling to find the much-needed balance in her life.
Bridget: It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces. – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
But the truth is, as she always realises, that she only needs to change on the inside. Bridget learns to leave her insecurities behind and believe that she is worthy of love and happiness.
#9 – She always ends up with the nice guy.
After much contemplation, some bumps and turns at the end of each movie Bridget Jones finally chooses Mr Right.
Jack: We could be so good for each other. 97%.
Bridget: On paper. But falling in love doesn’t happen on paper. Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. And sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home. – Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
Some of us would gladly settle for a Daniel or a Jack in our lives, but Bridget makes the right decision, and we couldn’t be happier for her.
#10 – Bridget Jones makes us believe in happy endings.
All three films are ultimately about hope. The idea of a happy ending in romantic comedies is a compelling one. If Bridget Jones could make it work then so can we. No more significant thing should be expected from a chick flick heroine. Bridget Jones is the ultimate one, just as she is.
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Source of Featured Image: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)