Mail Order Wife (2005)


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 agency called Paradise Girls, and Andrew agrees to foot the bill in exchange for the rights to make a movie about him. Adrian soon weds Lichi (Eugenia Yuan), an attractive Burmese woman, but Andrew is less than pleased to discover what Adrian really wants from his relationship is a woman who will feed mice to his pet python, make chili just the way he likes it, and keep the house spotless while occasionally indulging some of his odder sexual fantasies. Lichi isn't happy either, and at Andrew's urging she leaves Adrian and moves into Andrew's apartment until she decides what to do next. Andrew falls for Lichi, and before long he asks for her hand in marriage; however, her relationship with Adrian has stripped Lichi of her illusions, and she becomes a very demanding bride who loudly speaks her mind and has accumulated a large and expensive collection of pig-related nick knacks.

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Deborah Teng
as Deborah
Roland Uruci
as Paradise Girls Broker
Stephanie Gurland
as Mrs. Gurland
Paul Thornton
as Huck's Father
Oro Benzriheim
as Huck's Mother
Mark Brenner
as Dr. Brenner
Floy Bossinas
as Dinner Guest 1
Kevin Napier
as Dinner Guest 2
Krista Gall
as Dinner Guest 3
Tania Trikha
as Graphic Artist
Bruce Hall
as Film Crew Member 1
Dan Johnson
as Film Crew Member 2
Luke Geissbuhler
as Film Crew Member 3
Charles DeBold
as Film Crew Member 4
David Mayer
as Film Crew Member 5
Jose Canseco
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Mail Order Wife

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

Strange, often silly mockumentary.

Apr 2, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

It took gifted hucksters to make this movie.

Mar 30, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Mar 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.

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

Mar 18, 2005

A remarkably smart and weird film, even if it's sad and sometimes difficult to watch, with jokes designed to make you cringe.

Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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