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The Matchmaker

Director: Mark Joffe
Writers: Karen Janszen, Louis Nowra and Graham Linehan
Director of Photography:Ellery Ryan
Editor:Martin Smith
Music:John Altman
Production Designer:Mark Geraghty
Producers:Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Luc Roeg
Gramercy; R; 100 minutes
Release:10/97
Cast:Janeane Garofalo, Jay O. Sanders, Denis Leary, Milo O'Shea, David O'Hara and Rosaleen Linehan
Based on a play by Greg Dinner

Burned-out political aid Marcy Tizard (Garofalo) is dispatched to Ireland to search for Sen. McGlory's (Sanders) more rustic relatives in a desperate bid to revitalize his waning popularity in time for reelection. Marcy has arrived in the small Irish village during the middle of the Matchmaking Festival, and it is not long before the local self-professed “master of matches” begins plotting to set her up with an acerbic ex-journalist (David O'Hara). Why is it that every time Hollywood decides to make a movie about the Irish, it ends up riddled with just about every Irish cliché imaginable? Drunkards, Leprechauns, Tinkers and “Danny Boy:” They are all to be found in The Matchmaker. Even the eminently likeable Garofalo as the cynical outsider can not salvage this wreck of poor writing and saccharine sentiment.


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