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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sophia, alias Nadia
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Alexei
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Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans ...
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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Porter
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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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Nicole Kidman went to the Russian Embassy in Australia for help in speaking Russian. She didn't work with any other coach on the set except the woman from the embassy. See more »

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When John finds Nadia tied up in the hotel room (after her boyfriend has found out that she is pregnant), he unties her hands, but not her feet (which were tied up), there is a short fight between them, and it is seen that her feet are not tied anymore. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sophia: My name is Sophia.
John: Sophia. Hello Sophia. Mine's still John.
Sophia: Hello John.
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Even the Bad Times Are Good
Written by Peter Callander and Mitch Murray
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An Enjoyable Movie with Lots of Surprises
4 July 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

John (Ben Chaplin) is a lonely bank clerk who lives in a small town not far from London. Though the Internet, he contacts a Russian agency of brides. He selects Sophia (Nicole Kidman – the guy could be lonely and shy, but certainly has a good taste, doesn't he?) and when they met each other, he realizes that she does not speak English. The communication between each other is basically limited by sex (again, imagine, what a terrible situation for the guy, just have some kinky sex with Nicole Kidman!). On her birthday, two Russian friends of her visit them. Then, lots of surprises will happen. I liked this movie: first, it is almost impossible to be 'labeled'. Is it a black comedy, an action, a thriller movie? I believe all the choices are correct. Nicole Kidman is gorgeous as usual, and I am very curious about her Russian: is she speaking Russian in a correct accent indeed, or just faking? Anyway, I found it an enjoyable movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Isca Perfeita" ("The Perfect Bait")


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