San Diego Asian Film 2013 & Pac-Arts presents Finding Mr. Right



Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: EDKO Films

Director: Xiao Lu Xue

Review Rating: 7

A pregnant Mistress travels to Seattle to have her baby in secret, only to learn life lessons of humility and kindness, when her world of leisure and money begins to fall apart!

It’s a little hard for an American like me to understand, but first it should be pointed out that the film is a romanticized and idealized story, a cute take on America from the Mandarin point of view. This explains Wen’s obsession with the American romance Sleepless in Seattle, and the tolerance of her prima donna attitude (she has money, honey). They never explain clearly why she has to come to America to have her child, what the baby-daddy does that makes him so much money, or if Wen herself does anything to deserve her attitude in the beginning. But prima donna she has in spades, and slathers her ‘tude all over much kinder souls, like Frank (Xiubo Wu) the driver who picks her up from the airport and takes her to the maternity mansion, or the Auntie and other pregger ladies of the house. Wen soon learns that all the money in the world won’t bring her the ordinary, and potentially better, things in life, like love. Pregnant Wen is left alone on holidays with only yet another expensive bag from the absent baby-daddy to comfort her, and leans all over the tolerant Frank simply to not be alone, despite becoming increasingly aware that hey, Frank has his own discomfiting issues. Impending motherhood and watching Frank with his own precocious daughter are causing Wen to adjust her attitude in increments, and it’s fortunate to watch, because we begin the movie with a healthy dislike for our diva. It’s only when Wen feels as though she’s hit the bottom and survived (with a great deal of help from Frank and his daughter), that she feels strong enough to up and leave. Well, be rescued. The absentee baby-daddy somehow fixed his finances and any other issues, and is taking Wen and Maomao (her new son) back home, to live alone in the luxury she’s become accustomed to doing without. Now Wen has to choose, a life of empty luxuries and loneliness, or ordinary everyday love!

Personally, I think true love eclipses all and has a tendency to turn life magical anyways. The Sleepless in Seattle-style ending was adorable, if unlikely, and uniquely sad as only Asians can be. Nevertheless, Finding Mr. Right is a lovely story of learning humility and finding grace in love, and can be appreciated by everyone, no matter what country you hail from.


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