The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival has only one day to go, and many of the films are having their final screenings. Monday, Oct. 7 was the final screening of Fiction Festival Favorite "Finding Mr. Right", which was held in Downer Theatre at 4:30 p.m.
"Finding Mr. Right" is a Chinese romantic comedy in which pampered mistress Jiajia (Tang Wei) comes to America to hide her scandalous pregnancy. The polite, quiet-mannered Frank functions as Jiajia's driver, enduring her juvenile outbursts and biting comments as she parades her borrowed wealth for all to see.
The theme of wealth is a prominent one throughout the film, from Jiajia's frivolous spending of her lover's money to Frank's chosen lack of money as a way of providing for his daughter. Jiajia is still very much a child at the start of the film, pouting and screaming when she doesn't get her way, and is surrounded by people who are much better prepared for pregnancy and maternal responsibilities than she. It's primarily her developing companionship with Frank that helps her come back down to earth and see the distinction between giving money and giving of oneself as a way of showing love.
Sometimes money can be the worst thing in the world.
A decent amount of the comedy in "Finding Mr. Right" is physical and found in Tang Wei's performance as Jiajia. She's an undisputed highlight of the film, depicting such an outrageously materialistic (bordering on sociopathic) character spoiled by wealth, and yet one that the audience can't keep from watching. Her pairing with Xiubo Wu as Frank is one that only makes her character more ridiculous as they are such polar opposites.
Money's not important. Find a good guy who takes care of you.
This unlikely pairing follows suit with the rest of the film in typical romantic comedy style. The entire film overflows with cliches, from melodramatic music to lingering gazes. The viewer gets hint of a warning at the start of the film when Jiajia tells a member of airport security of her fondness for "Sleepless in Seattle." The only really original aspect of the film is the element of pregnancy, though it doesn't really complicate things as much as one might expect, and the main plot again becomes the budding romance between two unlikely characters. "Finding Mr. Right" is entertaining enough and an excellent pick for those who enjoy a light romantic comedy, but is not the best choice for those looking for something deeper and more original.
For more information on "Finding Mr. Right", visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2169322/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1. For more information about The Milwaukee Film Festival, visit http://mkefilm.org.