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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)

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

Director:

David Beaird

Writer:

David Beaird
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Warburton ... Max Bright
Marie Matiko ... Mai Ling
Simon Callow ... Mr. Wroth
Austin Pendleton ... Jaurice
Jennifer Tilly ... Dr. O'Shannon
Kurt Fuller ... Berdette
Eric Roberts ... Arlis
Keith Diamond ... Jackson
Rick Mali Rick Mali ... Timo
Constance Hsu Constance Hsu ... Mrs. Wroth
Bryan Clark ... Justice of the Peace
Erryn Cleaver Erryn Cleaver ... Erin the Makeup Artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Coppola Monique Coppola ... Gabby Client (scenes deleted)
Leland Crooke ... Buddy DeHare
Cathryn de Prume ... Helen
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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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A misogynist. A Chinese woman. Together they find his soul. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex & Violence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

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

Quotes

Max Bright: Men want to marry their mothers: someone who will do anything for them and expect nothing in return.
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Soundtracks

Sleepy Eyes
Performed by The Mother Hips (as Mother Hips)
Wrottem nu Tim Bluhm
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An emotional roller coaster of a ride -- don't miss this one.
13 October 2005 | by wclausSee all my reviews

Maxwell Bright hates women, but he hates himself even more. He destroys his business, his credit rating, his home and his friendships. Even his body falls apart, seemingly under the great cosmic weight of his hatred. And yet: this movie isn't about loathing; it's about forgiving. Yes, Maxwell is repulsive. But he holds a paradigmatic, redemptive trump card: somebody loves him. If Mai Ling can forgive him, honor him, love him -- then so can we. And ultimately, so can Maxwell himself -- which is precisely what sets him free.

I enjoyed the naked shakiness of this movie. Performances by Patrick Warburton, Marie Matiko and Eric Roberts were especially textured and compelling. See this movie. It will test your powers of forgiveness, and you'll be better for it.


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