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A Foreign Affair (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 January 2003 (USA)
Two brothers need household help after their Ma passes away. They decide to join a romance tour to Russia to find and bring home a traditionally minded wife.


Helmut Schleppi


Geert Heetebrij




Credited cast:
Tim Blake Nelson ... Jake Adams
David Arquette ... Josh Adams
Lois Smith ... Ma Adams
Redmond Gleeson ... Funeral Director
Rocío Linares Rocío Linares ... Cleaning Lady
Allyce Beasley ... Library Lady
Larry Pine ... Tour Host Ken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Megan Follows ... Lena
Emily Mortimer ... Angela Beck
Nonna Velikaya Nonna Velikaya ... Anna


Two brothers need household help after their Ma passes away. They decide to join a romance tour to Russia to find and bring home a traditionally minded wife.

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They're not looking for love, they're looking for a wife


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Actual tour clients and would-be brides appear as extras as the film was shot during a real St. Petersburg romance tour. See more »


When Josh goes back to the hotel room to steal Jake's money from under the bed, Josh is wearing a shirt. Later on, Jake returns to the room and rewinds the video camera to view recorded video of Josh stealing his money from under the bed. In the video footage, Josh is wearing a huge winter coat instead of just the shirt he was wearing when he actually stole the money a little while earlier. See more »


Funnel of Love
Written by Kent Westberry, Charlie McCoy
Performed by Paula Frazer & Tarnation
Used by permission of Universal - Songs of Polygram International, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Paula Frazer & Tarnation
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A very nice change of pace.
16 April 2004 | by dehpSee all my reviews

A Foreign Affair will open on May 7, 2004 in Los Angeles, Phoenix (where the A Foreign Affair romance tour company is located) and Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of Calvin College, where screenwriter Geert Heetebrij went to school. I'd highly recommend seeing the film that weekend if you live anywhere near one of these cities. The film was made on a shoestring budget and so it depends not on special effects, car chases and elaborate scenes, but simply on good acting, a compelling storyline and beautiful cinematography. The premise of the film is simple: two brothers live with their mother and when she dies they're left alone with no abilities to fend for themselves. They head to Russia on a romance tour to find a "wife." They want someone to cook and clean for them for the two years it would take their "bride" to get her green card. Along the way both brothers discover things about themselves and each other, with unexpected results. A Foreign Affair is a quirky, funny, sometimes sweet and always thoughtful piece of filmmaking. It was produced as an independent film, outside of the Hollywood process, and it shows. Well done.

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English | Russian

Release Date:

21 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Brothers & a Bride See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,820, 9 May 2004

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