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Birthday Girl (2001)

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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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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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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She's nothing he ever expected and everything he's always desired. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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1 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Ruleta rusa  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,919,896 (USA) (15 February 2002)
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Some scenes were filmed in Sydney, Australia, in order for Nicole Kidman could be close to her children and then-husband Tom Cruise who filmed Mission: Impossible II (2000) in Sydney at the same time. See more »

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

Quotes

Nadia: My name is Sophia.
John: Sophia. Hello, Sophia. Mine's still John.
Nadia: Hello, John.
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Memory
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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Likeable performances in story with nowhere to go
1 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Birthday Girl has a not too bad premise- good old English chum decides out of lonliness and maybe something else to order a mail order bride from Russia. It turns out, his order is not quite what he wanted, but she (Nicole Kidman) seems like a nice enough wife, until not what was planned happens in a series of events getting the english chum and his russian bride on the run. Sometimes amusing, but it is not good enough as a movie since it can never really get into its characters and seems to float for part of the 2nd act and 3rd act. Kidman is still sexy though. C+


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