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"Bridget Jones's Diary," "Joe Dirt," "Josie and the Pussycats," Kingdom Come," and on video "Finding Forrester"

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!B! "Bridget Jones's Diary"!B! "Joe Dirt"!B! "Josie & The Pussycats"!B! "Kingdom Come"!B! Now On Video: "Finding Forrester"

"Bridget Jones's Diary" — Full of wit, warmth and honest yet knowing humor, this big-screen adaptation of Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel of the same name should please both fans of the book as well as the uninitiated. Renee Zellweger convincingly portrays the British unmarried Bridget, who wants only to lose 10 pounds, gain inner poise and find true love — all within a year. Hugh Grant offers support as Bridget's womanizing boss whom she finds irresistible. Her family, of course, wants her to date seemingly stuffed shirt Colin Firth, a former childhood playmate grown into an accomplished lawyer. What will our darling Bridget do? Smart, funny and romantic, this comedy has charm to spare.

"Joe Dirt" — Forget its being a mean-spirited spoof of "white-trash" culture, the real problem here is that this David Spade movie has barely more than three laughs in it. Although rated PG-13, the movie's plotline includes brother-sister incest, masturbation, shooting a dog, profanity, potty humor, spicing up fireworks with gasoline and allowing Kid Rock a shot at legitimacy. The phrase "dumber than Dirt" takes on new meaning after sitting through this heap o' trash.

"Josie & The Pussycats" — Though it suffers from an overly glitzy look and dialogue that's far too arch, this bit of silliness bubbles with enough droll humor and bouncy music to entertain most teens. For older viewers, there's the clever spoof of consumer culture fueled by the latest MTV-find-of-the-moment. Based on characters that first appeared in Archie comics decades ago, the 2001 version offers an aspiring suburban, all-girl garage band (Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson) who find themselves blasted to overnight superstardom. This happens courtesy of two nefarious record promoters (the terrific Alan Cumming and over-the-top Parker Posey).

"Kingdom Come" — This ensemble piece about a dysfunctional family thrown together for a funeral plays like a cross between Eddie Murhpy's "Nutty Professor II" and "The Big Chill." But this sprawling comedy ultimately falls short because it can't seem to decide what to focus on — the strange characters that populate this family or trying to work out all their problems. The movie's biggest draw is an appealing cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, LL Cool J, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer and even Toni Braxton.

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"Finding Forrester" — This movie earns high entertainment marks despite being a conventional reworking of the age-old tale of experienced mentor and talented young pupil who learn more from each other than they planned. The reasons? Sean Connery as the legendary, reclusive writer of the title and newcomer Rob Brown as his pupil. Director Gus Van Sant lays off the schmaltz in favor of exploiting the terrific chemistry between 70-year-old Scotsman Connery and 16-year-old African-American, Bronx-born Brown. Yes, it's predictable, but it's also polished and sincere.

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