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.
R (for language and some disturbing sexual material)
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Deborah Teng
as Deborah
Huck Botko
as Huck
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
Merritt Janson
as Merritt
John Salvatore
as Caterer
Floy Bossinas
as Dinner Guest 1
Kevin Napier
as Dinner Guest 2
Krista Gall
as Dinner Guest 3
Avram Ludwig
as Lawyer
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 (32) | Top Critics (10)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Strange, often silly mockumentary.

April 2, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mail Order Wife

Great acting but I don't really know what I feel about the rest of it. I didn't find it funny in the least, probably because I have some knowledge of what mail order brides actually experience and it's not a really funny subject. Also, I don't know what we're supposed to take away from this movie-that all men are pigs or that women are manipulating bitches? I think the filmmakers took on a grim subject but failed to stir any emotion in me other than discomfort and ambivalence.

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Dimity Palazzola

Movies don't come much more wickedly surprising. In this mock documentary tale, filmmakers Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland focus on an overweight doorman (Adrian Martinez, fiercely funny) who orders an Asian bride to be his submissive slave. He gets much more than he expected, as cliche as that sounds, and it's a doozy of a surprise. See it.

Manny Casillas
Manny Casillas

I fell for this movie hook, line, and sinker, and I totally got involved in this movie thinking it was a real documentary! Play this movie for a group of friends that's never heard of it before, and they will fall for it too, believing that poor Licchi is a prisoner to the big fat loser, and I guarantee somebody will stand up and shout "this is the greatest documentary of all time!" They will be fascinated by it all the way up to where the director dresses up his dad like the skiper from Giligan's island, and they get on Jose Canceso's boat to confront Licchi. And even after that goofyness, some in your group might be scratching their heads still thinking it's real!) I'm so happy I stumbled upon this hidden gem.

William Hamm
William Hamm

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