The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)





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Fed up with American women and determined to procure a docile Asian wife, an angry L.A. misogynist gets a mail order bride in this romantic re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast starring Patrick Warburton, Marie Matiko, and Jennifer Tilly. Max Bright (Warburton) is fed up with independent, strong-willed women, and now all he wants is a wife who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no." Despite the fact that he's completely ignorant when it comes to the subject of Eastern cultures, Maxwell decides to marry a mail order bride. Later, after Mai Ling (Matiko) arrives in L.A. to discover just what a brute her new American husband truly is, the couple is forced to contend with a devastating development that could bring them closer than ever while profoundly affecting the way that Max perceives the opposite sex.
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Patrick Warburton
as Max Bright
Marie Matiko
as Mai Ling
Simon Callow
as Mr. Wroth
Jennifer Tilly
as Dr. O'Shannon
Kurt Fuller
as Berdette
Keith Diamond
as Jackson
Rick Mali
as Timo
Constance Hsu
as Mrs. Wroth
Bryan Clark
as Justice of the Peace
Monique Coppola
as Gabby Client
Cathryn de Prume
as Neighbor
John Glover
as Ogden
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You have to wonder what David Beaird, writer-director of the execrable The Civilization of Maxwell Bright, was thinking when he created his abusive, misogynistic title character.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Given to misogynistic outbursts that border on the psychotic, Maxwell Bright (Patrick Warburton) is as unlikable as movie heroes come, yet director David Beaird insists there is Zen within this modern Neanderthal.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

An entertaining roller coaster of a ride.

March 21, 2005
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Spiritual sleeper of the decade. Truly a hell-to-heaven journey. The hell part requires you to withstand extreme vulgarity; but the heaven part makes up for it. Includes a stunning cameo by John Glover.

George Cook
George Cook

Story of finding peace within with help coming from unexpected places. Warburton is up to the demands of the lead but the character for most of the film's running time is an immensely off putting jerk. Carol Kane shows up for a few brief minutes to offer up a charming little performance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Civilization of Maxwell Bright is a very interesting and poignant character study on a serial chauvinist, Max (played extremely well by Patrick Warburton), who is fed up with most women and decides to find a perfect and obedient mail-order bride, which he does, in the form of Mai Ling (Marie Matiko in a very well performed and charming role). Max gets more than he bargains for when he's introduced to Ling's character, culture, and religion, which fuels his chauvinist side until it boils over and causes his character to collapse under, forcing him to seek redemption and turn around his life. The movie is powerful and very raw. It hits the ground running from the very start of the movie where we are introduced to Warburton's intense character (not to mention his ginormous monster cock, which was unexpected). Him and Matiko work very well together and produce a story that balances the offensiveness alongside heart-warming emotions. Warburton is probably most known for all of his TV show and voice actor work (Seinfeld, Family Guy, Venture Brothers, The Tick), however, he is given a real chance here to show off his acting chops and he succeeds 110%. The film is enhanced with a scene-stealing performance by Eric Roberts, who plays Max's best friend. Roberts almost had me in tears with how powerful such a small character could be. Fun character actors Kurt Fuller and Jennifer Tilly (Warburton's wife on Family Guy) also show up. Don't be alarmed by the presentation of this film. It is very low budget and starts off shaky in terms of sheer rawness, but as it moves along, I'm sure you'll be happy you invested in it like I did. Powerful and engaging film.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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