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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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Cast

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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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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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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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Also Known As:

Ruleta rusa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,919,896 (USA) (15 February 2002)
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Trivia

Playwright Jez Butterworth's last film. He has not directed a feature film since, partly because he disliked the slow process of film-making, and has focused on writing instead. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Alexei: [Disdainfully, to John] You, with your nice job and your big house, and you still have to pay for a wife.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Funny How Love Can Be
Written by John Shakespeare (as John Carter) and Ken Lewis
Performed by The Ivy League
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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Was this a comedy, thriller, romance or what?
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film would have played better as a romantic comedy. Instead it was neither one thing nor another. All the performances were good, but somehow it missed the mark. More like a satire of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. The plot was too silly for a thriller, the characters were caricatures and the uptight bank clerk would have gone to the police immediately they demanded cash. As a comedy, they could have got away with a preposterous plot and the equally preposterous ending, but as a thriller, it simply fell flat.

Nicole Kidman can successfully play the sort of girl who could be a real head turner if she didn't dress like trash, combed her hair, got washed, and stopped lighting one cigarette from another. The scenes of her puffing away on a cigarette casually hanging from the side of her mouth were hilarious. She probably substituted flea market perfume for deodorant. The two Russian accomplices were also good, and Ben Chaplin was suitably uptight as the "victim". At first I thought he was too handsome to get a mail order bride, but to have made him a geek would have been too predictable. There are many handsome and successful men who just seem to strike out with the ladies.

Overall, I would rate this OK if you have absolutely nothing better to do.


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