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Episode 023: Bridget Jones's Diary & The Philadelphia Story

Updated: May 4, 2021

Rom-coms dominated the American box office in the 1990s and early 2000's, and now seem to be making a comeback with hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix's The Kissing Booth. But the genre's roots go back before World War II, and MG charts this arc by comparing two classics: Renée Zellweger's charming, goofy...and slightly regressive Bridget Jones's Diary from 2001, and Katherine Hepburn's snappy, whip-smart...and shockingly progressive adaptation of the play The Philadelphia Story from 1940. Both tackle the trope of a woman making a choice between two possible guys, but in our opinion, only one of these pictures comes up with the right answer!

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