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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)





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Fed up with American women and determined to procure a docile Asian wife, an angry L.A. misogynist gets a mail order bride in this romantic re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast starring Patrick Warburton, Marie Matiko, and Jennifer Tilly. Max Bright (Warburton) is fed up with independent, strong-willed women, and now all he wants is a wife who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no." Despite the fact that he's completely ignorant when it comes to the subject of Eastern cultures, Maxwell decides to marry a mail order bride. Later, after Mai Ling (Matiko) arrives in L.A. to discover just what a brute her new American husband truly is, the couple is forced to contend with a devastating development that could bring them closer than ever while profoundly affecting the way that Max perceives the opposite sex.

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Marie Matiko
as Mai Ling
Simon Callow
as Mr. Wroth
Jennifer Tilly
as Dr. O'Shannon
Kurt Fuller
as Berdette
Constance Hsu
as Mrs. Wroth
Bryan Clark
as Justice of the Peace
Monique Coppola
as Gabby Client
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

You have to wonder what David Beaird, writer-director of the execrable The Civilization of Maxwell Bright, was thinking when he created his abusive, misogynistic title character.

October 12, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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Given to misogynistic outbursts that border on the psychotic, Maxwell Bright (Patrick Warburton) is as unlikable as movie heroes come, yet director David Beaird insists there is Zen within this modern Neanderthal.

October 11, 2007 | Full Review…

An entertaining roller coaster of a ride.

March 21, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Civilization of Maxwell Bright


Story of finding peace within with help coming from unexpected places. Warburton is up to the demands of the lead but the character for most of the film's running time is an immensely off putting jerk. Carol Kane shows up for a few brief minutes to offer up a charming little performance.

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