Bridget Jones mines the riches of embarrassment. Her gaffes, blunders, stumbles, and pratfalls provide the laughs in the atypical romcoms built around her, films that rely heavily on the comedy of idiosyncrasy.
The Hornby hook comes early in A Long Way Down. Disgraced talk show host Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) introduces himself while preparing for his New Year’s Eve leap from a London high-rise known as Topper House.
Bridget Jones is a lovable goofball. Clumsy, pudgy, lacking inner poise, apt to say the wrong thing and do something inappropriate just when she most wants to make an impression, she’s imperfection personified.