Cowboy del Amor (2006)



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One man turns marriage into a multinational business proposition in this documentary. Ivan Thompson, who spent much of his life working ranches in New Mexico, calls himself "the Cowboy Cupid" and earns a living playing matchmaker, though his clientele is rather unusual -- he finds Mexican brides for American bachelors, most of whom consider the women in their own country too demanding and not suitably subservient. Thompson looks for prospective wives through personal ads in newspaper and visiting small Mexican towns, where he discovers that plenty of women are willing to take a shot at marriage with a Yankee whom they barely know if it means a green card and a roof over their head. Thompson gets a 3,000-dollar fee for bringing these couples together, though his own success in matrimony isn't much to brag about -- he's had three weddings, two to the same woman, and none of which have lasted. Cowboy del Amor was screened in competition at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Cowboy del Amor

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

This charming documentary follows Ivan Thompson, the self-proclaimed 'Cowboy Cupid,' as he finds Mexican brides for American men who feel they've exhausted their options on their side of the border.

Full Review… | March 2, 2006
Dallas Morning News
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Thompson is no McNamara, and Cowboy del Amor is no Fog of War. But there is something hypnotic about this self-styled romance expert expounding on the fog of love.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Michèle Ohayon's Cowboy del Amor turns out to be one of the sweetest, funniest and most enjoyable nonfiction films you are likely to see this year.

February 23, 2006
New York Observer
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The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time.

February 22, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Ohayon doesn't judge Thompson or his customers, but you don't need to be a Harvard-educated psychiatrist to realize that the bunch of them are dirty old men who treat women as commodities.

February 10, 2006
New York Post
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Every moment of this story - about America's unlikeliest matchmaker -- is fascinating. We just need more of them.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Cowboy del Amor


Twisted, fun documentary about the "cowboy cupid." The absurdity and overblown personality of the subject matter and his obliviousness to it is a large part of what makes this film work. A true classic.

Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson

This documentary is okay, but it could have been much more engaging. Its pretty much your run of the mill film. You will be moderately engaged and chuckle a little but you won't tell for friends about it and especially not write a letter.

Michael Backus
Michael Backus

This documentary was the perfect mix of a quirky character study and uncomfortable love story mixed up in a blender and dished up with a side of awesome. I thought the way the director filmed the plight of these men looking for thier future wives in Mexico, was funny but very akward and truthful in a good way. I got so uncomfortable so many times in this film that I was squirming in my seat. This often was when one of the main guys takes his new Mexican wife home to meet his parents and show her his mobile home. Wonderful break from the norm... I highly reccomend it.

Shawn Palmquist
Shawn Palmquist

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