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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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Jez Butterworth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Sophia, alias Nadia
Ben Chaplin ... John
Vincent Cassel ... Alexei
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans Kate Lynn Evans ... Clare (as Kate Evans)
Stephen Mangan ... Bank Manager
Alexander Armstrong ... Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
Sally Phillips ... Karen
Jo McInnes Jo McInnes ... Waitress
Ben Miller ... Concierge
Jonathan Aris ... D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple Katya Barton-Chapple ... Young Sophia
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke ... Bank Colleague
Mark Gatiss ... Porter
Raj Ghatak ... 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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Be careful what you wish for... See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shooting began in May 1999, but in July 1999 Kidman was contractually obligated to leave film Moulin Rouge! (2001) instead and production was put on hold. Eventually, the shoot was delayed again, this time for six months, because Kidman had to overcome a broken rib. See more »

Goofs

John confesses to 'Nadia' that his house has an ant problem, because he can't find the nest. This is because he's foolishly killing individual ants with an aerosol spray, instead of putting down ant bait. Any foraging worker which finds this 'tasty treat' will take some back to the nest while laying down pheromones. More workers follow the scent trail and so feed the poison to the whole colony, which then dies. See more »

Quotes

Nadia: My name is Sophia.
John: Sophia. Hello, Sophia. Mine's still John.
Nadia: Hello, John.
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Connections

References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Somethin' Stupid
Written by C. Carson Parks
Performed by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Ltd.
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
(p) 2001 Chrysalis Records, Ltd.
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Underrated romantic comedy
9 June 2006 | by Andy-DenottiSee all my reviews

This is a good example a film that in spite of the low rating is more than worth watching. The story is engaging and it doesn't take long before the chemistry between Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin grabs your attention. The acting is first class and the characters are represented well. Sometimes it feels like the director couldn't decide himself between drama and romantic comedy. Ben Chiller's portrayal of the law abiding and shy Englishman with porn S.M. magazines hidden in the bedroom creates plenty of moments for laughs! As does the look in Nicole Kidman's eyes when she is offering John his first taste of intimacy in a long time... Other times the actors and especially Nicole Kidman give this comedy quite expertly a dramatic slant.


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Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birthday Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,370,809, 3 February 2002

Gross USA:

$5,142,576

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,171,098
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2.35 : 1
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