Mail Order Wife (2005)

Mail Order Wife



Critic Consensus: The setup for Mail Order Wife is clever, but the movie is only moderately funny, and it stumbles badly in the third act.

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A movie maker unwittingly gets a bit too involved with his subjects in this darkly comic mockumentary. Andrew (Andrew Gurland) is a documentary filmmaker who wants to make a picture about modern-day mail order marriage. Andrew thinks he's found the perfect subject for his film when he meets Adrian (Adrian Martinez), a stocky snake enthusiast from Queens, NY, who earns his living as a doorman and has never had much luck with women. Adrian wants choose a bride from a professional marriage broker's … More

Rating: R (for language and some disturbing sexual material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
First Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Mail Order Wife

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Strange, often silly mockumentary.

April 2, 2005
New York Times
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It took gifted hucksters to make this movie.

Full Review… | March 30, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
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Co-directors Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, who appear as earnest documentary filmmakers of the same name, pull it off by never winking at the audience or signaling in any fashion that this isn't a true story.

Full Review… | March 25, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
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Captures the conventions and pretensions of fly-on-the-wall docus with wicked accuracy.

March 18, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Mail Order Wife


Absolutely one of the best mockumentaries ever made. Period. Mail Order Wife starts out with a bang, and a large part of that is due to the over-the-top performance by Adrien Martinez, who plays a man who is in the process of bringing an Asian woman named Lychee to the states to marry him. Lynchee soons finds that she's in for less of a taste of the American dream, and instead finds herself practically Adrian's slave. Despite the film slowing down a bit towards the end, it's still an enjoyable, twisted dark comedy. And Jose Canseco freakin' rules!


it was OK.
i loved her. i liked the relationships. i loved the cameo (freakin' canseco! )

it made me laugh sometimes. (love the outtake in the credits).

elziard bouffier

Very interesting. I just couldn't turn away. It was like watching a car wreck knowing that around every corner, something was going to go wrong. None of the people were likable in this movie and it seemed as if they got what they deserved.

Ken Doers

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