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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 overview, first billed only:
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
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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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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 USA:

$2,370,809, 3 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,919,896, 17 February 2002
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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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's not Nadia.
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References Gran Turismo (1997) See more »


Funny How Love Can Be
Written by John Shakespeare (as John Carter) and Ken Lewis
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Likeable performances in story with nowhere to go
1 February 2002 | by 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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