Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2001 and 29 Aug 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A 30-something single girl in London decides to start a diary to recount her life and find a way to improve her love life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out, but besides the title, I can’t claim to recall it being very memorable.
The premise is actually an interesting one yet it probably works much better as a novel than as a movie because so much is dependent on thoughts and feelings yet aren’t conveyed well enough visually here.
The cast of this film is great, but even with the talents of Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, the characters and overall story are all someone lacking the entire time.
The dialogue is done quite well, but the scenarios presented almost entirely feel as if they are trying to cover idea that seem too common or familiar from other films and novels dealing with similar subject matter.
The soundtrack is quite good and is a great distraction during many of the scenes that drag on a bit too much
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that probably worked much better as a book than as a movie. The cast is great, but the characters and overall story are lacking quite a bit to help keep things enjoyable. The dialogue is done well, but the film seems to be going through very common and familiar territory the whole time. Soundtrack is great to listen to and helps keep things a bit more entertaining despite the fact that some scenes really drag on.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To prepare for the role, Renée Zellweger gained 25 pounds, and then actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role. She adopted an alias as well as her posh accent and was apparently not recognized. On her desk in this office she kept a framed picture of then boyfriend Jim Carrey. Workers who did not recognize her found this to be odd, but never mentioned it to her for fear of embarrassing her. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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