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.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Art House & International , Comedy
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PolyGram Video


Janeane Garofalo
as Marcy Tizard
Milo O'Shea
as Dermot
Jay O Sanders
as Sen. John McGlory
Paul Hickey
as Declan
Jimmy Keogh
as O'Hara
Joan Sheehy
as Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea
as Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy
as Michael
James Ryland
as Sergeant Riley
David King
as Local Lad No. 1
Niall McDonnell
as Local Lad No. 2
Sinead Murphy
as Bettina
David McDonagh
as Little Joe
as Murphy the Dog
Peter Dix
as Tony
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
Vincent Walsh
as Philip
Ellery Ryan
as Philip's Friend
Séamus Corcoran
as Local Cynic
James Hickey
as Paddy Jr.
Robert Hickey
as Michael
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 (27) | Top Critics (5)

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 20, 2005
Movie Metropolis

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

July 30, 2004

There are two reasons to see "The Matchmaker" and neither involves the two characters at the center of this far-fetched romantic comedy.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Garofalo's good, but the Celtic charm is laid on way too thick.

May 27, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Garofalo's good in this, but I didn't buy the romance.

July 16, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Matchmaker

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

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Love it...

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