Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

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Continuity mistake: While her friends are waiting in the car for Bridget, wanting to take her to Paris, she is standing in front of her flat as Mark walks over. When they talk, the folds in the scarf around her neck very noticeably change in some of the close-up shots of her. (01:25:40)

Super Grover

Continuity mistake: When Bridget's boss at the TV show tells her he wants her to cover the Kafir/Heeney case (the freedom fighter), Bridget is playing with her pen over her right shoulder. The shot then shows her boss is talking to her, but neither her hand nor pen are up - in the next angle of her, she is still waving her pen up by her right shoulder.

Continuity mistake: When Bridget is at the "tarts and vicars" party, her "uncle" Geoffrey pinches her bunny tail for the second time - when he bends over to pinch it he has a straw (or maybe a cigarette?) in his mouth. Just as he does this, Bridget's mother comes along and slaps his hand, he pulls up and there is nothing in his mouth.

Deliberate mistake: When Mark is catching a cab outside "JFK" airport, the cars are driving on the left hand side of the road - if they were in America they would be going the wrong way (the director points out in the commentary that this shot was filmed in London to save money).

Audio problem: When the men are fighting in the street, Bridget and her friends are talking about who to root for, and Bridget's mouth doesn't match what she is saying at all.

Continuity mistake: When Bridget is writing in her diary about the kind of man she must not go for, she is writing on the left page. When the voice over says "And especially must not fantasize about particular person who embodies all these things" there is a close up and she's writing on the right page. Seeing as her diary has a page per entry, not really probable that this would happen.

Other mistake: The last name in the credits from the cast is called Melinda, when in actual fact, the character in the film is called Melanie.

Other mistake: Bridget has a large, fabulous flat in what another mistake contribution has identified as a trendy area of London - just around the corner from Borough Market - and there's no way she could afford it on her salary of assistant at a publisher's office. Her parents are ordinary, middle class folk; there is no way they could afford the £2000+ per month rent on a huge flat like Bridget's, and there is no indication that they are doing so.

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Suggested correction: Who says she pays for it herself? Her parents are rather well off. Surely they can help her afford a decent flat.

Sereenie

From where do you get the idea that her parents are wealthy? They are ordinary middle class country folk. A flat like Bridget's would cost the 2024 equivalent of about £2,700 a month - about £1700 at 2001 prices. That is well beyond the visible means of her parents.

Making up deus ex machina explanations for blatant mistakes does not invalidate them. Bridget's parents are ordinary, middle class country folk. The thought that they could subsidize their daughter to the tune of £2000+ a month is laughable. The posting is absolutely correct.

Factual error: After Bridget arrives back in London from a visit to her parents, the camera pans away to reveal the train on which she is supposed to have travelled. You can tell from its distinctive yellow and white exterior that it's a Connex train, but these only run on the suburban commuter routes through south London to East Sussex, Surrey and Kent - nowhere near Mr and Mrs Jones's Cotswold home. Rail services from the Cotswolds are operated by First Great Western (grey high speed trains) and Thames Trains (navy blue exteriors) and terminate at Paddington in west London.

Continuity mistake: When Bridget, Daniel and the other guy are in the lift at the start, Bridget is in the centre of the lift. The other guy gets out and Mr. Fitzherbert replaces him. Then Daniel gropes Bridgets bum and we see them all get out - Bridget is suddenly in the corner, but the whole time she never moved. (00:15:00)

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end when Mark Darcy finds her diary, you clearly see the number 29 as he pulls it from under the magazines, then when you see the diary it's open on pages 10 and 11.

Jon Sandys

Other mistake: When the two gents are fighting in the restaurant Hugh Grant tackles the guy through the plate glass window and they land on the street. Two points: 1) How do they not receive any cuts from landing on shattered plate glass. 2) Check out the glass laying on the street. It is cloudy, a main characteristic of breakaway stunt glass.

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Continuity mistake: After Bridget sprays the contents of the blender all over herself, there's a splodge on her right cheek - it changes shape when she answers the door. (01:01:10 - 01:02:00)

Continuity mistake: At the Darcy's party, near the end of the movie, Bridget's hair changes constantly: smooth to slightly mussed, barrette visible then covered with hair, and the location of her part shifting a bit.

Factual error: One that only Londoners would notice or care about, but anyway: Bridget's flat is supposed to be in the trendy bit of Southwark, near Borough Market, i.e. south of the river. Right at the end, when she pursues Mark Darcy, the shop where she catches up with him is clearly in the City of London (the very distinctive Corporation of London bollards are all around, and the shop itself is on Threadneedle St, I think) - meaning that he's walked and she's run right across Southwark Bridge and up King William St in about thirty seconds...

Other mistake: When Bridget's friends come over to her home they always need to call up first. She then can buzz them in by pressing a button that unlocks the building's main door. Yet when Bridget first runs from her flat after Mark with just her bare feet you can hear her feet crunching on snow. She then runs back inside to put on her shoes and a sweater. If she really needed to buzz her friends in then there should have been a hallway where she ran first and not the outside directly. [As an addition: when Mark comes to Bridget's door to show her the newspaper article, as he says ...'I may have come at a bad time...' you can see a hallway behind him. When she runs outside at the end of the movie there is, for some reason, a different set outside her doorway. For example, when Bridget opens the door to run after Mark, it looks like she is running into bright sunlight - lighting way too bright for hallway illumination and especially out of sync with the evening sky.]

Factual error: When Darcy leaves England and goes to New York City. He steps out of the terminal and a big banner reads Welcome to New York. Then he stops by a speed limit sign that said 15 miles per hour. Problem....that sign is red with white letters. The U.S. speed limit signs are not that color. Therefore, that airport was NOT in New York and they were saving money on production. I guess the banner helped.

Other mistake: When Bridget and Mark kiss at the end, he puts his coat round her. The coat is huge! It's obviously specially made because before it wasn't as big as that.

Continuity mistake: There are two types of string used in the blue soup scene - plasticky type that florists sometimes use for the blue stuff, then ordinary string for when the dye has come out.

Continuity mistake: During the fight between Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver, when Daniel pushes Mark through the restaurant window, the text on the window changes in font, colour, and content. The first window features burgundy text when close up on the restaurant before and while the two go through it. However, the second window text is cream coloured and shown in wide shots with the restaurant in the background and after Mark and Daniel have broken it.

Mark Darcy: I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences... But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

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Question: Does anyone know why Mark Darcy's mother's name was changed from Elaine (in the book) to Geraldine (in the film)?

Answer: Lots of times in book-to-movie situations and even in some remakes, the producers/writers/directors change names or events. It can be because of personal issues, legal ones or it can even be spur of the moment. it can also be unintentional,when they change it without the specific INTENTION to change it. I think in this case it was more likely that the character/or their name didn't have too much of an impact on the story line, so they didn't feel a pressing need to keep it the same.

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