A man looking for love gets more than he bargained for when he chooses his prospective wife on the internet in this dark comedy. The manager of a bank in a small British community (Ben Chaplin) decides that he's in need of long-term companionship, and through an on-line marriage broker called From Russia With Love, he obtains a "mail order" bride (Nicole Kidman). While he's more than pleased that his new fiancée is so beautiful, she turns out to have a dangerous and mysterious side that he wasn't counting on, and things become quite complicated when two of her cousins (Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Kassovitz) arrive from Russia and move into his tiny house in St. Albans. Though set in England, Birthday Girl was actually shot in Australia, which allowed leading lady Nicole Kidman to stay in touch with her then- husband, Tom Cruise, who was shooting Mission: Impossible II in Australia at the same time. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I really enjoy this movie, it's darkly comic and funny, the characters are likeable if a little unreal. It's a sweet story for any awkward lonely boy or girl. My only complaint would have to be that several scenes were completely in Russian and they didn't bother to translate, so before you start the movie, turn on the subtitles or you might just not get any of it.
Nicole does a fantastic job in this movie - - as usual ! She learned Russian for her role, and did superbly as a "double agent" mail order bride from the Soviet Union. Ben Chaplin was excellent - - although I didn't care for him continually going back to Nicole after she tormented him and lied to him over and over. But overall, a pretty good movie actually...