My verdict: Leann and I agreed that there wasn't really anything redeeming about this movie. I'm not sure why either of the men take interest in Bridget. Even when she's trying to look nice, she looks dumpy. And she's really quite an unappealing person, in every aspect. However, neither of the men are particularly admirable, either. Bridget's gaggle of friends could've been eliminated cleanly from the movie without detraction. Other complaints: I didn't care for how much time Bridget spent in skimpy costumes and I got really, really, really tired of hearing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on the soundtrack.
DISCLAIMER: I watched this film as edited for television. I have not seen the original R-rated version and cannot comment on its appropriateness.
 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget Jones's Diary (film)#Connection to Pride and Prejudice.
 Ironically, he took this role to try to distance himself from that performance.
 Lucy Robinson actually appears in the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, as astutely pointed out by Snapdragon in the comments below.
 The film only makes one attempt at a message at all: Bridget's mother abandons the family and runs off with a shopping channel television host. She eventually comes back begging forgiveness, which Bridget's father grants. Here's my take: Bridget's father is right to forgive her mother for her blatant disregard of their marital vows, but the film gives him the wrong motives for doing so.
 Perhaps this was an early inspiration for Twilight? (Read my review of Twilight with RiffTrax here.)
 I didn't see anything remarkable about Renée Zellweger's performance, so I'm not sure why she was nominated for an Oscar. I liked her much better in Miss Potter (read my review here).
 I will say one thing though: with this movie (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), where she plays Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson takes typecasting to a whole new level. Her character description for this movie is "[the] head of investment at Brightlings Bank who spends most of her time trapped in the lady's toilet, crying over [her] boyfriend." Wow.
 For more info, I suggest you consult the reviews at http://www.kids-in-mind.com/b/bridget joness diary 2001.htm and http://www.screenit.com/movies/2001/bridget jones's diary.html.
Old Diary (which originally belonged to an LDS pioneer, James Calvin Sly) is in the public domain and is freely available at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:J c sly journal.jpg.