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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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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Did You Know?


Ben Chaplin previously starred with Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996). Both Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman have appeared in Batman films. See more »


Sophia lights a cigarette with a disposable lighter in the car as they leave the airport, but the sound is of the lid of a Zippo being flipped open. See more »


Nadia: My name is Sophia.
John: Sophia. Hello, Sophia. Mine's still John.
Nadia: Hello, John.
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References Gran Turismo (1998) See more »


Dost Vas Mam! (I've Had It with You)
Composed by Khukri
Published by Radyoyo / Kifkif
Performed by Da Il Deuce
Licensed by Radyoyo / Kifkif
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A gem which everyone missed
25 August 2002 | by (Bristol, UK) – See all my reviews

The critics didn't like this film. It bombed in the States and as a result received only a limited showing in Britain. Which was a great shame, because it represents British rather than American humour and should have been shown in Britain first.

Nicole Kidman looks stunning and is a totally convincing Russian. Ben Chaplin is the Dustin Hoffman character from 'The Graduate', and 'Birthday Girl' has at least 4 scenes which remind the viewer of that 1960s classic (despite being a totally different story!).

Sure it changes tack a number of times from comedy to black comedy to thriller to adventure - but it's memorable, moving and a weclome breath of fresh air compared to the average mega-budget blockbuster.

See it with an open mind!

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