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BIRTHDAY GIRL

 
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At Theaters: 2/1/2002 On Video: 8/13/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 349902
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nicole Kidman THE OTHERS, MOULIN ROUGE, EYES WIDE SHUT
Ben Chaplin LOST SOULS
Vincent Cassel BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF
Mathieu Kassovitz THE FIFTH ELEMENT, AMELIE
Director: Jez Butterworth MOJO
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Production Notes
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Content Heading
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.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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.''

USA TODAY  Full 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 Online  Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 114 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
16
Fairly Low
60%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Low
30%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Fairly Low
76%
30+Adults (M)
27
Fairly Low
56%
30+Adults (F)
40
Low
53%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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