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The Matchmaker [DVD]

Janeane Garofalo , David O'Hara , Mark Joffe    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea, Jay O. Sanders, Rosaleen Linehan
  • Directors: Mark Joffe
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Luc Roeg
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, German, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRPX2W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As she does in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Janeane Garofalo proves she's a capable leading lady--beautiful, charming, self-effacing, and what used to be referred to as sharp as a tack. Garofalo plays Marcy, aide to dim Massachusetts senator McGlory (Jay O. Sanders). Denis Leary is appropriately slimy as a fellow aide. The senator and Nick dispatch Marcy to the remote (and fictitious) Irish town of Ballinagra, where she's supposed to unearth relatives to use in the senator's PR campaign. Along the way, Marcy not only encounters the eccentric locals, but finds herself in the maelstrom of the town's annual matchmaking festival. The single Marcy inadvertently catches the eye of the movie's eponymous matchmaker Dermot (a captivating Milo O'Shea). Dermot senses sparks between Marcy and the equally cynical, recently returned local boy, Sean (David O'Hara), once a successful journalist who's returned home to work on a book. The intimacies of the small town, the relationships between the locals, and the dialogue are credible and engaging. Look for beautiful cinematography and music, too. Also notable is the movie's ability to convey the feel of a foreign film while injecting humor that's both sarcastically American and yet Irish in trademark. --N.F. Mendoza

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Romantic comedy starring Janeane Garofalo. Marcy Tizard (Garofalo) is an election campaigner for a United States Senator, sent over to Ireland to pave the way for the Senator's upcoming visit, where he can emphasise his 'Irishness' to the voters back home. Finding herself in the middle of a small village's annual matchmaking festival, Marcy is initially scornful of the attempts by the local matchmakers to fit her up with an eligible bachelor. But when she meets handsome barman Sean (David O'Hara), her opinion might be about to change.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Off-Beat Trans-Atlantic Romance 9 Dec 2003
Talk about snide humour and satisfying romance! Janeane Garofolo is at her wittiest as Marcy, a political aide from Boston, who flies to Ireland to search for her senator's roots in a last ditch political gimmick, ending up stuck in a small Irish village at the height of a matchmaking festival.
Janeane spars beautifully with David O'Hara (Stephen from Braveheart), who is funny, dead-pan, and really kinda yummy in his role as Sean, a disillusioned journalist-turned-bartender. The two leads both irritate and fascinate each other as they dodge matchmaking attempts during their fruitless search for a mythical family called the McGlorys.
Wonderful performances by Milo O'Shea and Dennis Leary. It's a pity that this film is not available on UK DVD. Really a remarkable romance with no mush!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little masterpiece 23 Nov 2006
Despite the region 2 indicator, this dvd now has a UK and Irish release.

Ten years on, this gem of a movie still pulls at my heart strings. Garofelo, Leary and O'Hara all shine in this wonderful little tale centred around the Ballinagra "Matchmaking" festival.

Marcy (Janeane Garofelo) is sent by her Boston senator boss (Jay O.Sanders) and aide (Denis Leary) to the Emerald Isle to try and find his Irish roots in a push to secure votes. Seemingly unfazed and hacked off at the trip (although she gives a wry smile at a painting of JFK at Shannon Airport!) she motors around Ballinagra trying to do her job, whilst the local matchmaker Dermot (Milo O'Shea) is trying to set her up with Sean (David O'Hara), a world-weary journalist happier serving in a bar and taking the rise out of his brother.

O'Shea, in particular, is wonderful as Dermot - when Irish eyes are smiling, you know they're up to something.....

The film is utterly predictable - but that's part of its charm. It was filmed mainly around Connemara in County Galway and the scenery is truly breathtaking.

This movie won't change your life - but it will innocently take you away from rough and ready modern life - if only for a few hours.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matchmaker 8 Nov 2007
I have watched this film time and time again and I never fail to find it as funny as I did the first time I watched it. If you are Irish you can totally get the humour in this film. I found it hilarious and would strongly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Matchmaker 2 Aug 2011
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Definitely a movie for the girls! and especially if you appreciate the 'craic'. Some good laughs but the story is predictable. A'nice' movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally.... 1 Nov 2010
By Derek R
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This has finally come to dvd, I had it previously saved on my HDD of the tv... It's very much a Sunday afternoon viewing. It's a Romantic Comedy ,but ,and most importantly in this day and age, It's a romantic comedy that does exactly what it says on the tin, It is both Romantic in that there is definite chemistry between the two leads, and Comedic in that it is funny, very funny. I really love this movie, I can't reccomend it highly enough, Go on, Buy it, you know you want to.... :D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD present 28 Dec 2009
I bought this DVD as a present for my sister. She loves this film but has found it impossible to find. I was delighted to find it on Amazon and it was delivered very promptly after I ordered it. The film is about a matchmaking festival in Ireland and it is good craic. If you like this film you would also enjoy Waking Ned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the matchmaker 26 Feb 2004
this film is excellent makes you laugh from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Film Of All Time 8 Aug 2009
I stumbled across this film by accident, it was a straight to TV movie which I don't think was aired in Cinema's, but what a waste. It has you laughing & crying all the way through. Everyone who stays with us has to watch the film and we haven't had a bad review yet!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This film makes me laugh so much. Definitely one to watch if i feel blue
Published 3 days ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant film
Published 28 days ago by Margaret Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brits do it better. ;-)
I really enjoy this movie and the British copy is better than the American copy because it is in anamorphic widescreen whereas the American one is letterbox widescreen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Etienne66
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best films i have ever seen
This is one of the best films i have ever seen, makes you feel so eascaped from your daily grind and the scenery is fab.
Published 2 months ago by snoozy
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
very entertaining. good story line, hilariously funny. one to watch again and again.
would definitely recommend this movie. top marks.
Published 7 months ago by Niall O Raghallaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
just watched Matchmaker really really enjoyed it.Very funny, and a great feel good movie.The sort you can watch over and over again
Published 9 months ago by carole sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Matchmaker
I really enjoyed this DVD. I gave it to friends to watch and they thought it really good. A great buy
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an Irish cup of tea.
Very poor acting particularly with Irish accents.Has absolutely no resemblance to irish life whatsoever.In my view it is not even funny.Take it out of your advertising.
Published 19 months ago by Patrick Geraghty
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing & funny...
Haven't actually watched this item as it was a gift for my parents & they have thoroughly enjoyed it... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fritz O'Skennick
1.0 out of 5 stars a viewer
I was hoping for an entertaining light comedy . Such disappointment. Story of a political aide living in Boston being sent to Ireland and in search of Irish ancestry whilst at the... Read more
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