Birthday Girl (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  1 February 2002 (USA)
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A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life exploded by the arrival of his Russian mail-order bride.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia, alias Nadia
Kate Lynn Evans ...
Clare (as Kate Evans)
Bank Manager
Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
Jo McInnes ...
D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple ...
Young Sophia
Rebecca Clarke ...
Bank Colleague
Bank Colleague


Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in the game of love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia online. At first, things seem perfect: his new bride Nadia is a gorgeous woman, and although she may not speak much English, her skills in the bedroom more than make up for any communication problems. When Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime. Written by Anna <>

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Before They Share A Future, They Have To Survive Her Past. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruleta rusa  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$444,615 (Italy) (1 February 2002)


$86,101 (Brazil) (15 November 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jan Sverák refused to direct it. See more »


Between the time that John leaves the airport and arrives at the hotel after chasing the taxi, he has shaved. See more »


Sophia: If you just wanted sex, go to a prostitute.
John: Well, as it turns out, I did.
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Performed by Elaine Paige
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Text by Trevor Nunn after T.S. Eliot
Published by The Really Useful Group Ltd. / Faber Music Ltd.
on behalf of Trevor Nunn and Set Copyrights Ltd.
Recording Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and taken from "Cats" the original London cast album on Really Useful Records / Polydor Records
(p) 1981 The Really Useful Group Ltd. under exclusive license to Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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Underrated romantic comedy
9 June 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a good example a film that in spite of the low rating is more than worth watching. The story is engaging and it doesn't take long before the chemistry between Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin grabs your attention. The acting is first class and the characters are represented well. Sometimes it feels like the director couldn't decide himself between drama and romantic comedy. Ben Chiller's portrayal of the law abiding and shy Englishman with porn S.M. magazines hidden in the bedroom creates plenty of moments for laughs! As does the look in Nicole Kidman's eyes when she is offering John his first taste of intimacy in a long time... Other times the actors and especially Nicole Kidman give this comedy quite expertly a dramatic slant.

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