Mail Order Wife
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unpredictable and hugely entertaining."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Co-directors Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, who appear as earnest documentary filmmakers of the same name, pull it off by never winking at the audience or signaling in any fashion that this isn't a true story."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"has a knack for sniffing out our dark areas without pity"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The film's jokes just aren't that funny."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Mail Order Wife is a con. A good con, it's true, but like all cons it leaves a sour taste once the trick is revealed."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"Strange, often silly mockumentary."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"Finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A movie that rewards your intelligence and curiosity."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"You know you're in trouble when baseballer-turned-ratfink Jose Canseco isn't the sleaziest thing in your movie."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The filmmakers maintain the illusion of low-budget cinema verite to the extent that audiences may be unsure whether to laugh or shudder..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It took gifted hucksters to make this movie."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Captures the conventions and pretensions of fly-on-the-wall docus with wicked accuracy."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"As a documentary, unethical, disturbing, and completely irresponsible, but as black comedy..."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A sly skewering of class warfare ... and a pitch-perfect indictment of what idiots men are."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"More an exercise in sustaining a style than a satisfying emotional experience. The men are all self-centered boors, and the women, it turns out, aren't much better. There's nobody in this movie to root for or care about."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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