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The Matchmaker (1997)



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An American woman on a business trip in Ireland finds love knocking at her door, no matter how sternly she refuses to answer, in this romantic comedy. Marcy Tizard (Janeane Garofalo) is an assistant to Senator John McGlory (Jay O. Sanders), a congressman from Boston in the midst of a hard-fought reelection campaign. Nick (Denis Leary), one of McGlory's advisors, thinks that it might mean some extra votes in McGlory's heavily Irish-American district if he can arrange a photo opportunity with any relatives McGlory might have in the Olde Sod, so Marcy is sent to Ireland to find any surviving members of McGlory's family. Marcy is not especially enthusiastic about this assignment from the start, and her rancor grows when she arrives in the village of Ballinagra to discover that the annual matchmaking festival is in full swing -- and a number of single men immediately seize upon Marcy as a prize catch. One of them, Sean (David O'Hara), a former journalist who has come to Ballinagra to work on a book, takes an immediate fancy to Marcy, which she most certainly does not return. However, Dermot (Milo O'Shea), the town's leading matchmaker (when he's not busy running his tanning salon), is convinced that Sean and Marcy are perfect for each other, and he makes it his business to bring them together, whether Marcy likes the idea or not. The Matchmaker was filmed on location in Massachusetts and Galway, Ireland.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Graham Linehan, Karen Janszen, Graham Linehan, Louis Nowra
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 1999
PolyGram Video


Janeane Garofalo
as Marcy Tizard
Jay O Sanders
as Sen. John McGlory
Joan Sheehy
as Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea
as Airport Assistant
James Ryland
as Sergeant Riley
David King
as Local Lad No. 1
Niall McDonnell
as Local Lad No. 2
David McDonagh
as Little Joe
as Murphy the Dog
David Kelly
as O'Connor
Akemi Otani
as Japanese Bride
John Joe Murray
as Irish Dancer
Stuart Dunne
as Head Bang Man
Gerry O'Brien
as Fisherman
Donncha O'Faolain
as 2nd Aran Singer
Linda Lee
as Campaign Assistant
Joe Dillon
as Aran Local
Ned Dennehy
as 1st Aran Singer
Ellery Ryan
as Philip's Friend
Séamus Corcoran
as Local Cynic
James Hickey
as Paddy Jr.
Robert Mandan
as McGlory Senior
Nancy O'Neil
as Journalist
David Ian
as `McGlory' MC
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Critic Reviews for The Matchmaker

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Billed as 'a romantic comedy for people who hate romantic comedies,' there's little here in this unremarkable film that's special enough to alter anyone's opinion.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

By-the-book romantic comedy with great scenery, cute story, and engaging characters.

August 21, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Surprising little romantic comedy that shows Garofalo could be a very charming movie actress if she wanted

July 30, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Matchmaker

Love it...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


At times cheesy, clichéd and out and out hilarious, this was a fun movie to watch. The acting, actually, was surprisingly good, and for most of the quality, you can look to Janeane Garofalo, because she really turns in a strong performance. Why, oh why, did she choose stand-up again? A movie about the minutia that's interesting the whole way through, and leaves you unsure of whether the soundtrack was intended to be ironic or not. I highly recommend it.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

A very sweet comedy about an American who finds love in Ireland.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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