Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from… ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones in BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY (Image Credit: Miramax)
Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones in BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Image Credit: Miramax)

Bridget Jones is the modern woman’s Pride and Prejudice, but better because Jones is just as insecure as everybody else, and for good reason. Normal women can identify with her. It comforts us to know a woman as unglamorous as Jones can land a man as sensible as Darcy. Bridget Jones gives women hope that one day somebody can love them just the way they are, despite their quirks and imperfections. Watching (and re-watching) Bridget Jones (hundreds of times) has taught me lots about the woes of single women and the harsh reality of being awkward.

Just because he wears a reindeer jumper doesn’t mean he isn’t dating material.

Who hasn’t been forced to dress in ghastly holiday attire? Bridget has no grounds to hate on Darcy anyway, dressed as she is in what appears to be a carpet. Of course, the moral here is not to judge in general. If you do, you may miss out on someone special.

 Never “dip your nib in the office ink.”

Bridget figures this one out the hard way. The worst part is that Bridget knows full well what a sleaze-bag Cleaver is, and she’s still smitten with him. She decides to go against her better judgment and give into her boss’ flirtations, despite dedicating an entire New Years Resolution to abstaining from men like him:

Will find nice, sensible boyfriend to go out with and not continue to form romantic attachments to any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, or perverts. And especially will not fantasize about a particular person who embodies all these things… Unfortunately he just happens to be my boss, editor in chief Daniel Cleaver.”

Sound likes a real catch. But, like many girls before and surely many more to come, Bridget insists on making this mistake. Luckily, she learns her lesson and finds the sense to choose the better man. So make the mistake if you have to, but make sure you learn from it.

Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones in BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY (Image Credit: Miramax)
Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones in BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Image Credit: Miramax)

Never slide down a fireman’s pole in a miniskirt.

Especially on national TV. But if you do, make sure you wrap it up like a lady. Straighten out your skirt, shake hands with the chief, compliment his fire station and be on your merry way.

Never be the only single person at a couples’ party.

“The only thing worse than a smug married couple: lots of smug married couples,” says Jones, as she proceeds to embarrass herself as usual in front of said couples. There is nothing to be gained from being single and surrounded by happily-marrieds, none of whom are lonely or desperate enough to go home with you, and if they did, you’d be in trouble with their wives.

Just because you’ve been arrested and detained indefinitely in a holding cell in Thailand doesn’t mean you can’t still have a little fun.

Most women might sulk at the thought of spending the next ten to fifteen years of their lives behind bars. Bridget, however, makes the most of her misfortune. She embraces this opportunity to teach her fellow inmates the proper choreography and lyrics to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and puts on a descent show, considering.

The list goes on. Indeed, I’ve learned a lot from Bridget Jones, most importantly not to sweat the small stuff. Everything that could go wrong for Bridget does, but regardless, Bridget gets her happy ending.

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With any luck, I will rewrite this crazy world into the kind that you and I would like to live in.

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