Starring: Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth Director: Sharon Maguire Category: IIB The film: Lo and behold, an American actress playing an Englishwoman - and she gets it right. Most of the pre-release publicity for Bridget Jones's Diary was concerned with how Texan Renee Zellweger would shape up tackling a character so dear to so many British hearts. But Zellweger's accent is spot on and her performance near flawless. She plays the neurotic 30-something of the title, whose trials and tribulations first appeared as a weekly column in a London newspaper before spawning a fabulously successful book. It's a warts-and-all look at a modern woman searching for love, but in all the wrong places. She drinks, smokes and eats too much, and is torn between lust for her boss, played by Hugh Grant, and what could be love for the less-than-wild son of a family friend, played by Colin Firth. Screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill) taps into familiar territory here: an egalitarian merry old England where everyone seems to have a wacky assortment of friends, always there to offer advice and a witty aside. But, cliches notwithstanding, it works through the sheer joy of Zellweger's performance and a wonderful, against-type turn from the floppy-haired Grant as the bounder. The extras: Films of this ilk are rarely 'extra-friendly' when it comes to the DVD format, so prepare yourself for just the basic 'behind the scenes' documentary, commentary from the director and a few music videos. But fans won't be buying it for anything other than the main event. The verdict: The film stands on its own, and is sure to find its way into more than a few Christmas stockings.