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Birthday Girl (2001)

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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

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

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 <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$86,101 (Brazil) (15 November 2002)
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Jan Sverák refused to direct it. See more »

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When John knocks out Alexei with the guitar it clearly misses by quite some distance and doesn't break. See more »

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John: [Asking "Nadia" a bogus question, to see if she really does understand English] Are you a giraffe?
Nadia: Yes.
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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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A good premise, but the overall film is just so-so...
22 August 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

John (Ben Chaplin) is a hapless bachelor in St. Albans, looking for love in all the wrong places. So he goes online and orders a Russian mail-order bride. She arrives in the form of Nicole Kidman. Although her background is questionable and her English is fragmented, she's great in bed, so he has no complaints.

However when her "cousins" appear at his door a whole new world of deception and violence opens up for John, pulling him deeper and deeper under.

The premise for the film is fairly good, but the overall execution is just so-so. Nicole Kidman gives a really good performance (worthy of a better film) but Ben Chaplin is just OK. He slaps her around a bit, which is about as daring as his character manages to be. Anyone could play the role, so he's kind of stuck in a rut.

The movie is grungy, dark and feels independent - it's hard to imagine Hollywood royalty Nicole Kidman signing onto it, but she is really the reason this film remains interesting and engaging. Without her, I don't think I would have bothered to sit through all of it.


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