The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  28 September 2007 (USA)
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After a series of bad relationships, a man orders a mail order bride and receives more than he bargained for.



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Credited cast:
Max Bright
Mai Ling
Mr. Wroth
Dr. O'Shannon
Rick Mali ...
Constance Hsu ...
Mrs. Wroth
Bryan Clark ...
Justice of the Peace
Erryn Cleaver ...
Erin the Makeup Artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Coppola ...
Gabby Client (scenes deleted)
Buddy DeHare


After a series of bad relationships, a man orders a mail order bride and receives more than he bargained for.

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Rated R for strong language including sexual references, some sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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During the standoff at the store, the gun Max is holding jumps from one hand to the other. See more »


Mai Ling: Why are Americans so passionate about family arranged marriages?
Temple: Western families, they don't spell-out what the marriage should be, they do however procure airtime, prenuptials, spelling out to the last silver teaspoon who gets what, should the thing belly-up.
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Surprisingly good
7 April 2009 | by (Penang, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

The movie starts out with a long shot of a nun meditating at a temple and a voice-over: "A good Buddhist would be willing to jump into hell to save just one other person." Then it cuts to a picture of a Southern California town with a big caption: "HELL".

I thought this movie was going to be an amusing comedy about a boor who gets his expectations of a submissive, doll-like mail-order bride turned upside down. He does, but rather than being comedic this movie is dramatic and touching. Maxwell Bright starts out as a guy who is self-destructing and losing everything in life - his business, his friends, his house, his self-image. He thinks he can buy a "geisha girl" who will prop up his ego, but what he gets is a quietly strong woman who both makes him realize what humiliating depths he's sunk to, and pulls him out of them.

It seems like a low-budget production because the camera work is a bit choppy and the pacing is terrible - slow bits should be fast and fast bits should be slow - but the writing and acting are great.

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