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The Closer You Get (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 September 2000 (UK)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran O'Donnell
Ian O'Donnell
Kate O'Leary
Ruth McCabe ...
Mary Mulligan
Ewan Stewart ...
Pat O'Leary
Pat Shortt ...
Ollie Doyle
Cathleen Bradley ...
Sean McDonagh ...
Sean Mulligan
Father Hubert Mallone
Dollie Doyle
Britta Smith ...
Mrs. Duncannon
Joan Sheehy ...
Patricia Martin ...
Mrs. Lock
Dessie Gallagher ...


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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It's hard to see what's right in front of your eyes when there's so much more to look at. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Release Date:

8 September 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

American Women  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,307 (USA) (25 February 2000)


$221,898 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the bar scene just before the dance, the symbols on the slot machine Kieran is playing change even though he isn't actually playing it at that time. See more »


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 »


Kieran O'Donnell: I'm not an alcoholic! I can drink at home!
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References The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) See more »


Black Is The Color
Arranged by Rachel Portman
Performed by Mae McKenna and John Paricelli
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Well meaning but oh so trite.
8 February 2000 | by (Manhattan Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Closer You Get" at a school screening recently and I must say that it didn't surprise or challenge me. I wasn't expecting "Citizen Cane" in Ireland but I was hoping for some genuine moments of humanity and of course some silly banter. But the comic moments seemed perfunctory and forced and the dramatic moments didn't quite have the gravity that they needed. The story takes place in a small sea side town in Ireland where the male inhabitants decide to invite beautiful women from America over to their town so they can get some foreign variety in their lives. The women get a hold of this news and cleverly play off the men's futile effort.

Sadly "The Closer You Get" only a few minutes to introduce the plot then we have to sit through over an hour and a half for the bland execution. I really wanted to get to know these colorful characters better in the first act so that I could follow them through this silly plot.

It's official now. We have this Irish small town comedy genre on our hands and there's no end in sight. It was fresh at first but come on people we need some variety in plot structure by now. I guess these Irish films are more sincere and have their hearts in all the right places, which is more than I can say for those pesky teen flicks. But when you've watched "The Commitments," "The Matchmaker," "The Full Monty," and "Waking Ned Divine," there innocuous charm quickly becomes annoying. I give "The Closer You Get" a six out of ten.

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