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The Matchmaker1997

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.


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 (32) | Top Critics (9)

It simply isn't all that funny.

January 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Garofalo] glows when she smiles - that she gets cast in precariously winsome stuff like this fish-out-of-water romantic comedy set in a wee, twee Irish town.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

[A]n innocuous hands-across-the-Atlantic brew that comes out flat from the spigot.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Far too much time is squandered fussing over underdeveloped subplots and confusing minor characters and their unfunny farcical shenanigans.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Yet for some of us who find the standard romantic scenarios a bit too wispy and remote, Garofalo may be just the kind of bluster-bustin' leading lady we've been seeking.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Garofalo, fresh from the magical "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," is one of the most engaging actresses around.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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