'Mail Order Wife'
(Eugenia Yuan, Andrew Gurland, Deborah Teng, et al / R / 91 mins / First Independent Pictures)
Overview: Andrew Gurland is a New York City filmmaker interested in making a documentary about an average guy and his marriage to a mail order bride. Andrew finds the perfect subject for his film and decides to fund the marriage in exchange for the right to film the entire process. He finds what appears to be the ideal candidate in Adrian Martin, an overweight doorman from Queens who has renounced dating and seems optimistic about choosing a bride from overseas. After corresponding with Burmese women from a catalogue, Adrian selects Lichi, a beautiful woman in her twenties whose ad and letter piques his interest.
Verdict: 'Mail Order Wife'', in truth, does manage to steal away a fair few laughs from its audience, whilst at the same time probably leaving the majority of them squirming in their seats in discomfort! Basically, the film is a comedic commentary on how men handle love, as well as how they're led around by the head of their genitalia! And while the film's outrageous ending (think ala 'Punk'd'!) almost (and yes, I said ALMOST!) makes the slow path out worthwhile, 'Mail Order Bride' may well not be the next best thing for most viewers in search of something other than Hollywood fodder, it definitely serves up a nice, clean, visual work of social standing.
Reviewed by Jon Kuhn