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The Closer You Get (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  8 September 2000 (UK)
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Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and ... See full summary »

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Kate O'Leary
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Ollie Doyle
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Joan
Patricia Martin ...
Mrs. Lock
Dessie Gallagher ...
Mickey
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Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and it sharpens everyone's sense of the opportunities for happiness already at hand. Kate, a publican with a young daughter, is separating from her husband and catches the eye of a bachelor sheep farmer. Kieran the butcher realizes that his assistant Siobhan is comely, and then he discovers she's fiery as well. Ollie sends off for Dutch skin magazines that the village postmistress won't release to him. The men, and women, find counsel in their movie-loving priest. Will anyone answer the ad? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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American Women  »

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£101,051 (UK) (8 September 2000)

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ESP 63,243,621 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Ollie sets his tool chest down outside Mary's store. Then he picks it up and opens the door to enter. The next shot - from inside - shows him entering without the chest. The chest is not seen again. See more »

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Siobhan: For 90% of a given day, you're adjustin' your bollocks... scratchin' your bollocks... or otherwise playin' with your bollocks!
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References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
Courtesy of The Verve Group
By kind permission of The Film and TV Licensing Division / part of the Universal Music Group
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Jon Monsarrat review: slow-paced but amusing
7 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm an action movie buff, so mostly I like films that blow up. I like comedies too, but I expect a fast pace and not too much arty melodrama. "The Closer You Get" (called "American Women" in the USA) is an amusing and somewhat slow-paced Irish comedy that I found an acceptable crossover film to rent with my SO, who doesn't like action films. The plot wraps up satisfyingly.

Like many Irish films I've seen, it's charming and has plenty of small town culture. I would, however, recommend "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" (which is really Welsch), or "The Full Monty" first, which are similar but better.

I'll give "The Closer You Get" a ho-hum but not exactly bad 5 out of 10.


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