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Birthday Girl

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

BIRTHDAY GIRL

 

 

Birthday Girl veers off its obvious path, on a collision course of plot twists.

I think it's better if you don't know what's coming next. Let's just say things are not what they seem. The story keeps you guessing right up until the end.

It's part romance, part caper comedy with dark suprises that turn out to be rather sweet.

Nicole Kidman plays a Russian mail-order bride who has something other than love on her mind.

 

This 1999 film is not your typical romantic/comedy. It's barely romantic, and it certainly not funny.

Nicole Kidman does her best, with little dialogue and practically no chemistry between herself and Ben Chaplin, and that's the shame, considering the plot hinges on these imaginary sparks.

Not bad, but needed a better script.

This movie is oddly strange in that it's a British film that just narrowly qualifies as an English-speaking picture.

In the beginning some of the scenes are acted out in complete silence because neither of the stars can understand each other. There are quite a few scenes mostly in Russian and some are entirely in Russian, with English subtitles.

This romantic/comedy is peculiar and different and keeps you guessing but it's just not my cup of tea.

I thought the male star was too dense and gullible and the female star, too shifty and ruthless.

The ending needed a romantic spark, but the chemistry was disappointing in that "happily ever after" fade out.


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