Birthday Girl

2001, Comedy/Drama, 1h 33m

123 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Kidman shows her range in this quirky movie, but the shift in tone from romantic comedy to thriller may leave viewers unsatisfied. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Ben Chaplin
John Buckingham
Paul Webster
Executive Producer
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Colin Leventhal
Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Phoebe De Gaye
Costume Designer
Stephen Warbeck
Original Music
Bob Last
Music Supervisor
Christopher Newman
First Assistant Director
Simon Hinkly
First Assistant Director
Vicki Popplewell
Line Producer
Donna Grey
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  • Oct 06, 2011
    It's not a good movie but it was okay to watch. Ben Chaplin is good...Vincent Cassel is good. And Nicole Kidman's russian sound like an asian speaking russian. I wouldn't recomend it. But it's not bad or boring.
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    Well, they tried to make a dark comedy thriller here but the ingredients don't blend properly and takes a left turn too many. Chaplin is a little too naive, but Kidman's delicious Russian accent helps.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2011
    A fun, off beat sleeper of a movie. Nicole Kidman is good in this one, and Ben Chaplin does his usual great job. It was not what I was expecting, and I was actually surprised that I liked it as much as I did (especially since there are many people that gave it 1 or 2 stars..??). Good for laughs, and has that darker side to keep it interesting! Good Movie, in my opinion, and I am NOT a Nicole Kidman fan for the most part.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    For the first forty-five minutes of this film, I liked it better when it was called <i>Derailed</i>. At least that had Clive Owen in it. The second forty-five minutes did little to further develop the characters, and there weren't any compelling suspense/action sequence that adequately held my attention. Throughout, the film had a few chuckle-worthy moments that made me wonder whether the filmmakers wanted to make a thriller or a comedy. Either way, it failed to engage, and I think it would've benefited from a decision to move the story in one of those directions.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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