In The Mockumentary “Mail Order Wife,” No One Gets What They Expect


Mail Order Wife
 is a mockumentary in which real filmmakers play fictional filmmakers to tell a compelling story — that of men who use an “international matchmaking service.” 

In other words, men who prefer to buy a wife from a country where the poverty rate is so high and the future so grim that women will sell themselves in order to escape. This method of getting married is generally used by men who are not able to or do not choose to marry in the traditional way. That requires interaction.

The men who buy wives often enjoy the inequity of the situation. Their brides arrive docile and expecting to do as they are told.

Adrian is an overweight doorman from Queens who decides to go the mail order route. Andrew (played by Andrew Gurland, one of the writer/directors of the movie) is a documentary filmmaker who pays the price of Adrian’s bride, Lichi, who comes from Burma, in exchange for the rights to film their arrangement.

What he discovers (and is implicit in) is the inequitable marriage Adrian expects. He wants his home spotless, his food just as he likes it, his peculiar sexual needs met. His so-called wife is a servant, not a partner, and he is content.

Andrew discovers that he isn’t okay with his part in the arrangement, however, and all three lives are upended when the bride, Lichi, decides to leave Adrian — to thoroughly unexpected results.

Stream Mail Order Wife on Amazon Video.
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