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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sophia, alias Nadia
... John
... Alexei
... Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans ... Clare (as Kate Evans)
... Bank Manager
... Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
... Karen
Jo McInnes ... Waitress
... Concierge
... D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple ... Young Sophia
Rebecca Clarke ... Bank Colleague
... Porter
... 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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$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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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 »

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The Russian accents are very poorly pronounced. See more »

Quotes

Alexei: What would we do with a baby?
Sophia: Think of a name for it.
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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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Twists Come Early On In This Drama
29 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

For a film that got little publicity, and few people have heard about, this was pretty good. It's another one of these modern-day British crime films that are quirky ("Snatch," "Sexy Beast," etc.). It's not wild like "Snatch" but it's interesting and it has some rough characters.

It also has a corny and somewhat predictable ending but early in the show - not late - has some neat twists to make it very interesting for the first-time viewer. Basically, it's about a low-key British male who sends away for a Russian "mail order bride" who winds up, with the aid of two Russian male friends, providing a couple of big surprises.

Ben Chapin and Nicole Kidman co-star, and are very good as are Vincent Cassel and Matthieu Kassovitz as Kidman's Russian cohorts. This is a different kind of film and well-acted. Kidman once again proves she's far more than just a beautiful face.


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