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Release Date: February 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

R|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
John (Ben Chaplin) is a mild-mannered banker who has never been lucky in love. Fed up with waiting for the right girl to come along, John takes a chance on a Russian mail-order bride arranged via the Internet. His Internet love connection is the enigmatic Nadia (Nicole Kidman). When Nadia's Russian cousins, Yuri and Alexei, turn up unexpectedly to celebrate her birthday, John's life is turned upside down as he learns the truth behind their relationship and is taken on an adventure.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, Vincent Cassel, Mathieu Kassovitz, Kate Evans, Sally Phillips, Mark Gatiss, Alexander Armstrong

Director: Jez Butterworth

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: HAL Films, Mirage Enterprises

Distributors: Miramax Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Quickly devolves into a violent thriller that resolves itself in sadomasochistic romance.

  • It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.

  • There's nothing wrong with beguiling star turns, but I wish this one had been surrounded by more of a movie. Birthday Girl is a harmless trifle that makes 93 minutes go by as if they were hardly more than an hour and a half.

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