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John is a mild-mannered banker who takes a chance on a Russian mail-order bride arranged via the internet. His internet love connection is the enigmatic Nadia. When Nadia's Russian "cousins," 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 the adventure of a lifetime.
Drama Romantic - Young adults are the audience most likely to enjoy this comic
romantic thriller. Those looking for a more straightforward
thriller, as suggested by the advertising, will be disappointed.
The film is not appropriate for children, who will be bored, anyway.
PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Some punches and fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and frequent tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Dark comic situations and wisecracks.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "I suppose the core problem with Birthday Girl
is that, although it doesn't do anything radically wrong, it doesn't do anything
radically right, either. It's passable entertainment, but it's the kind of
motion picture that won't make much of a splash when it's released, and will not
be remembered long afterwards.''
Review Average "There is a curious problem with "Birthday Girl,"
hard to put your finger on: The movie is kind of sour. It wants to be funny and
a little nasty, it wants to surprise us and then console us, but what it mostly
does is make us restless.''
Review Good "The story keeps you guessing right up to the end,..Remnant,
maybe, but also a mild diversion, thanks to two leads who click even when
they're spatting. ..it would be a double misfortune for audiences to
overlook a performance that boosts its movie from moderate to memorable.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "Kidman accomplishes a remarkable feat of
transformation, adopting not only an accent, but a slightly seedy, faintly feral
demeanor that almost makes you forget her icy good looks and fashion model's
figure. Cassel and Kassovitz, both French, are equally impressive.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Not a very good movie according to most moviegoers. Very few enjoyed this movie and many truly disliked it, which is rare. Usually a mediocre movie will, at the very least, receive opinions mostly in the "Good" to "Fair" range, which this movie doesn't do. This tells me it's a movie that very few will enjoy.
"Birthday Girl" may be worth a rental if you've just got to see it or if you're a fan of Kidman. However, your chances of enjoying it are very low.
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 the adventure of a lifetime.