I had heard both good and bad things about Nicole Kidman's latest, so it was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch Birthday Girl. Surprise! This is an entertaining and generally quite engrossing little movie. It defies any one genre, but I'd classify it as a romantic comedy (with liberal splashes of DARK comedy) mixed with a mild Hitchcockian thriller (bland yet affable everyman gets embroiled in criminal scenarios before 'evolving' into a reluctant hero). Birthday Girl is not even almost the action flick that the publicity would lead you to believe. Kidman is heartbreaking and sweet as a Russian mail-order bride who moves in with a drab drone of an Englishman (as played by Ben Chaplin). Things go wildly askew when two surprise visitors pop in...from Russia. Plotwise, that's all you're getting from me, as this one takes a few unforeseen left turns before it's all over. Looking forward to seeing what you guys thought of this one. Birthday Girl isn't likely to make my Top Ten of 2002 list, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 4 out of 5 stars easily.