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The MatchMaker (1997)

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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

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Mark Joffe

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Greg Dinner (earlier screenplay), Karen Janszen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janeane Garofalo ... Marcy Tizard
David O'Hara ... Sean Kelly
Milo O'Shea ... Dermot O'Brien
Jay O. Sanders ... Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Millie O'Dowd
Paul Hickey ... Declan Kelly
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Sarah Kelly
Saffron Burrows ... Moira Kennedy Kelly
Denis Leary ... Nick
Olivia Caffrey Olivia Caffrey ... Annie
Joan Sheehy Joan Sheehy ... Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea Anne Gildea ... Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy Claude Clancy ... Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland James Ryland ... Sergeant Riley
David King David King ... Local Lad No. 1
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Storyline

Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace McGlory's relatives or ancestors. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival. A well-dressed, handsome and single young lady, she becomes the center of attention for two professional matchmakers, Dermot and Millie, as well as for bartender Sean. Written by Anonymous

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A romantic comedy for the unromantic (Video Australia) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matchmaker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,378,930, 5 October 1997

Gross USA:

$3,392,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,392,080
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film was shot in Roundstone, a village in Co. Galway, Ireland. See more »

Goofs

The Irish version of the town Ballinagra should be "Baile an Ghrá", not "Baile na Grá" as depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Sean Kelly: If you lay a hand on me again, I'll be mailing it back to you.
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Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »

Connections

References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Carrickfergus
Irish traditional
Performed by Paul Hickey
Sung by Declan Kelly at the wake for Dermot O'Brien
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Lame? Waste of Talent? Bollocks! This is terrific.
12 November 1998 | by NiroSee all my reviews

Sorry to whomever thought this was "a lame waste of a fine actress" (the wonderful Janeane Garofalo) but for the record, Irishmen (and women, one presumes) actually *do* say "bollocks" with the frequency with which Americans say the "S" word, and there's merely ONE "pee" joke in the entire film.

Sheesh.

That said, this is an utterly charming film, involving a US Senator (Jay O. Sanders) from Boston with Kennedian aspirations ~ although he's trailing badly in the polls for re-election. So he and acerbic campaign manager Denis Leary send their jaded top aide (JG) to Ireland to find the Senator's geneology ~ his "roots" as it were ~ for campaign purposes.

Unfortunately for her, the tiny town in which she's to do her research is just beginning its annual "Matchmaking Festival," wherein this really takes hold of Erin-firma.

City~gal JG, who's used to [and yearns for] faxes, cell-phones and email is suddenly the top candidate for the gentry. And her quest for the Senator's geneology proves slowly to fall below her expectations.

But Milo O'Shea, as the town's premiere matchmaker, wagers with a matchmaking rival that he can get JG together with one of the town's seeming ne'er-do-wells (David O'Hara) and the latter is just as eager to ... ummm.. "fax" her as well.

To say more would spoil the fun. And it *is* fun. And poignant. And sweet. And occasionally acid-witted. Only one solid "rewind and watch it again" belly laugh, but a lot of great plotting and a fun love story.

Sure it's candy, but it's infinitely edible.

You want lame? See a Jim Carrey movie. Any of them. Want to see talent wasted? Cameron Diaz screams to mind.

Janeane Garofalo in *anything* is better than just about anyone in most films today.

4 Stars, say I.


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