13 ways Bridget Jones's Diary would be different today

Emily Gulla
·4-min read

From Cosmopolitan

2001 was a big year for movies: the first Harry Potter film hit cinemas, we watched Shrek for the first time, and Bridget Jones's Diary was released. Yep, it's officially been 20 years since the iconic rom-com came out. Feel old yet?

That’s 20 years since Bridget met Mark Darcy, and became respectively entangled with both Mark and her boss Daniel Cleaver, before ending up with the right guy in the end (until the second film, that is).

In the years since, the film has become an iconic classic, as well as a somewhat disputed Christmas movie, and we still love it to this day. However, there are some parts of the plot that seem a little alien in 2021.

So, to mark Bridget's 20-year anniversary, we're taking a look back at the film's major moments, and how they might play out slightly differently today.

1. First of all, Bridget wouldn't even have a diary.

It'd be a blog, an Instagram account, a YouTube channel, or even a podcast. Caroline Calloway without the scandal? We reckon so.

2. The Daniel Cleaver romance wouldn't happen.

Well, it certainly wouldn't happen in the same way. Of course, workplace romances are still a thing. But those emails about her skirt at work? Straight up harassment.

The same goes for the Sit Up Britain exec who tells Bridget "no one ever gets sacked for shagging the boss." Awful. See also: the fire station bum shot. None of this would be acceptable, and rightly so.

Photo credit: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock - Rex
Photo credit: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock - Rex

3. Bridget wouldn't be shamed for being 30 and single.

Single-shaming is so 2001. Plus, being single at 30 and having children at a later age (if you have them at all) is way more common now.

In fact, all of Bridget's mates who are settled down with a mortgage and a baby at 30 would be the odd ones out. Have you seen the house prices?

4. The same goes for body-shaming too.

Not cool. Plus, as body confidence influencers have pointed out, Bridget was never overweight, and the film's focus on her needing to lose weight is now viewed as incredibly problematic.

Instead, in 2021 we think Bridget would be embracing body confidence, or body neutrality, and she definitely wouldn't feel pressured into wearing those super tight knickers.

Photo credit: Miramax
Photo credit: Miramax

5. Bridget wouldn't be able to afford a one bedroom apartment on her own next to Borough Market.

The average publishing salary is around £26,500, making Bridget's monthly take-home pay about £1,805. Renting a one bed in Borough would cost her at least £1,300 per month plus bills, so you do the maths. And don't even get us started on the cost of her buying it.

Zone 3 and outwards would be more reasonable.

6. She'd have known Daniel's so-called ex-fiancée was actually Mark's, because she'd have stalked them all on social media.

We're all familiar with the situation: you've only had one date but you're already thoroughly clued up on their second cousin's trip to Ibiza 2018, thanks to Instagram. Social media means there would be no secrets, so Daniel wouldn't be able to lie about cheating with Mark's fiancée and all the confusion would be avoided.

Photo credit: Bridget Jones's Diary
Photo credit: Bridget Jones's Diary


7. No offence to Bridget, but I don't think she'd be able to walk into a job as a TV presenter that easily.

Let's be real: the job market is tough.

8. An Uber driver wouldn't wait for all those outfit changes before Bridget goes to win Mark back.

The algorithm simply wouldn't allow it.

Photo credit: Rex
Photo credit: Rex

9. Bridget would be a serial Tinder swiper.

See also: Bumble, Hinge, OKCupid, etc. To be honest, she probably would have sacked off both Mark and Daniel a long time ago.

10. In fact, the Mark Darcy/Daniel Cleaver fight scene wouldn't happen either.

No toxic masculinity here, please.

11. Bridget's self-help books would be replaced by #positivevibes Instagram accounts.

We bet she'd love a feel-good quote, and her own page would be filled with them.

Photo credit: Bridget Jones's Diary
Photo credit: Bridget Jones's Diary

12. The disaster dinner would be replaced by Deliveroo.

No blue soup here. As soon as Bridget realised her grave error, she'd be straight on UberEats and a Wagamama for five would be on the way.

13. The racist and homophobic jokes wouldn't be accepted.

The film contains a number of racist and homophobic jokes that are now (and should have always been) hugely unacceptable. We're glad times have changed.

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