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Mail Order Wife (2004)

R | | Comedy | February 2005 (USA)
A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adrian
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Broker
Andrew Gurland ...
Andrew
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Lichi
Deborah Teng ...
Translator
Merritt Janson ...
Merritt
John Salvatore ...
Caterer
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Dinner Guest
John Gramaglia ...
Editor
Paul Thornton ...
Curt
Oro Benzriheim ...
Oro
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Himself
Sam Lisenco ...
Skater (as Samuel Lisenco)
Dan Johnson ...
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Storyline

A documentarian funds a NYC doorman's Asian mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. But when Lichi arrives in America, she finds herself married to a recluse with a penchant for sadistic sexual role-playing. Objectivity flies out the window when she and the filmmaker become involved. Twists and turns are plentiful in this tragi-comic love triangle where all is not what it seems. Written by Hypnotic

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Because no one wants to be alone. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing sexual material | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mail Order Bride  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,710 (USA) (15 April 2005)

Gross:

$62,387 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eugenia Yuan's character name "Lichi" is actually her Chinese name in real-life. See more »

Goofs

In the segment following his return from the alma mater trip, Andrew states that they are using a rental camera since Lichi took his. However, he was using the camera during the trip, so it wasn't there for her to take. See more »

Soundtracks

Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Have fun tricking your friends
22 March 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Refer your friends to the interview(s) in which Gurland refers to this film as a "documentary" in production, then watch their jaws hit the floor as you all witness perhaps the most memorable use of PostIt Notes and a Cadillac El Dorado ever committed to film. Despite the clearly stated genre of "narrative feature" in the SXSW program, I somehow got suckered into missing the fact that this is a mockumentary. The contrast between the doorman's anachronistically furnished and dimly lit Queens hovel and the filmmaker's bright, Crate and Barrel-esque (Manhattan?) flat creates a palpable sense of class warfare that really sells the "reality" of this film to the duped viewer. The scene in the doctor's office was the only one that I almost didn't believe, but it was done so well that I still bought it. I loved every hilarious and painful minute of this film. Within its genre, I give it a 10/10.


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