Anyone whose response to the casting of Renée Zellweger as the irrepressible and irreducibly British heroine of Helen Fielding's enormously popular Bridget Jones's Diary
was knee-jerk negativity followed by a list of actresses who should
have had the role owes Miss Zellweger an apology. Armed with a flawless London accent and 20 extra pounds to round out her frame, Zellweger simply is
Bridget, the slightly zaftig, thirtysomething "singleton" with a ticking biological clock and a terrible fear that if she doesn't drop the weight and land a boyfriend soon, she'll die alone and be devoured by ravenous dogs. So with that crucial bit of casting so tri...