It’s been 15 years since the original “Bridget Jones’s Diary” came out. With the third movie hitting the big screen Friday, there’s never been a better time to re-watch where the franchise started. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest movie to track down.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” is not available on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBOGo or any major streaming website. It looks like audiences will have to pay an additional fee to rent the 2001 romantic comedy. Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu all have rental prices starting at $2.99 while an iTunes rental will cost at least $4.99.
Those who don’t mind commercials can catch the original film airing on TV Friday, but it’s not exactly the best timeslot. Bravo will air the movie at 6 a.m. EST. Set your DVR if you want to avoid the rental fee.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” follows self-conscious Bridget (Renée Zellweger) as she starts keeping a diary while trying to better her life. She writes down her opinions on everything and chronicles her love triangle with Mark (Colin Firth) and Daniel (Hugh Grant). The love triangle continued in “Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason,” and the 2004 sequel is also only available to rent.
Bridget will find herself in a new love triangle in “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” Daniel is out, and he is replaced with an American, Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Bridget starts seeing Jack, but she reconnects with Mark around the same time. When she gets pregnant, she doesn’t know who the father is, and both men compete for her affections.
Audiences aren’t the only ones who want to re-watch the original film before seeing the new one. Colin Firth revealed that he used “Bridget Jones’s Diary” to get back into his character Mark. “There was this pressure one would expect there to be, because people don’t want you to mess this up,” Firth told Latino Review. “You should be able to do it, you’ve done it a hundred times, and I thought, ‘Well, actually I don’t know, because I haven’t been carrying this character around in my head. I haven’t been living with him. I haven’t even seen the first movie for fifteen years.’”
“Bridget Jones’ Baby” hits theaters Friday.