The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

Mark Joffe (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The underrated Janeane Garofalo gets to flex her acting muscles in this quirky romantic comedy from Ireland. She stars as Marcy, dispatched to the Emerald Isle to round up a US senator's ancestors. Inadvertently she finds herself at a matchmaking festival, where sparks are soon flying between her and gauche barman David O'Hara. Matchmaker Milo O'Shea bets he can get them together and sends them on a wild goose chase to the Aran islands. It's unfortunate that the movie begins and ends in America, but what's in between has all the charm that Ireland can offer.


A ruthless American political aide sets out on a mission to find her boss's relatives in the rural Irish hamlet of Ballinagra. She arrives in the middle of a local matchmaking festival, where a wily old Cupid senses the sparks between her and an equally cynical local boy, who has recently returned to the village to write a novel. Romantic comedy, with Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea and Denis Leary.

Cast & Crew

Marcy Tizard Janeane Garofalo
Sean Kelly David O'Hara
Dermot O'Brien Milo O'Shea
Senator John McGlory Jay O Sanders
Nick Denis Leary
Annie Olivia Caffrey
Director Mark Joffe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Comedy Drama