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American Women (2000)

Ian Hart , Sean McGinley , Aileen Ritchie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Hart, Sean McGinley, Niamh Cusack, Ruth McCabe, Ewan Stewart
  • Directors: Aileen Ritchie
  • Writers: Herbie Wave, William Ivory
  • Producers: Mark Huffam, Polly Leys, Uberto Pasolini
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH8ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Women" on IMDb

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For five desperate Irishmen, the perfect girl is abroad... so they place an ad in a Miami newspaper, hoping to entice American beauties to their tiny Irish village. The scheme to stir up a bit of romance works, but not the way they'd planned. Because the harder the five friends look abroad, the more they realize that what they've been looking for is right next door.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Irish Comedy October 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a quaint and charming little comedy about life and love in rural northwestern Ireland. Though it was a fun flick, the question remains how many rural Irish comedies can we watch before the material starts to get stale? The story begins with the single men of this little town complaining that the women are substandard and there are no marriage prospects. After downing far too many pints, they decide to place an advertisement in the Miami Herald to see if they can induce some American women to come to Ireland to the big town dance. When the townswomen get wind of the scheme, they invite some Spanish fishermen to the same dance. The result is a succession of comical situations where everyone makes fools of themselves in anticipation of the big day. The net result of all this is the lesson Dorothy learned when she left Kansas; that when you are looking for your heart's desire, you don't have to look any further than your own backyard.
Aileen Ritchie's directorial debut was marked by some nice photography of well-selected locations and an alluring portrayal of the local color and appeal. The characters all seemed very genuine and unaffected; the way country folks generally are regardless of national origin. The scenes leading up to the dance work well, but the film bogs down after the dance as the tone changes from mirthful to dramatic.
The acting was generally good with a couple of standouts. Ian Hart stole the show as Kieran the headstrong town butcher. He was simultaneously affable and obnoxious. His character's complete obliviousness to how ridiculous he was gave Hart ample opportunity to become a laugh magnet. Niahm Cusack was also enchanting as Kate, mixing mischievousness with romantic appeal to create a delightful character.
I rated this film a 7/10. It is very light fare, silly enough that it will get a chuckle or two out of almost everyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Closer You Get October 28, 2001
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The Closer You Get- the harder it is to see the things that are staring you in the face- as the boys in this small Irish village find out. No matter where you live- you can relate to what the people of this small village feel (and do). The humor in this movie is light and refreshing. The music is just as fun (I recommend the soundtrack as well). This movie ranks up in my top 10 of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! December 4, 2003
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One of my all time favorite movies. This is a truly funny film! No matter that it's a familiar theme--the characters are richly developed and endearing, and there are hilarious moments interwoven with poignant ones. I'm trying to find this movie on DVD, as it's also a favorite of my 24 year old daughter. The movie is timeless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous and Delightful- October 21, 2005
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What a gem!! This movie has a little something for all. Usually mom's movies are not watched by the teens, but this movie is the exception. Not just once but several times.

The characters are charming enough to be endearing, yet exasperating enough to be believable. A fine balance not to be seen in many films.

Put on the popcorn, sit back, relax, laugh and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Characters" in every sense October 23, 2005
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Definitely a keeper! I've never been to Ireland, but this story makes you want to know more of it and the folks in the movie. At the end, young Sean (I think that was the character's name) is setting out to see the world... what a great sequel that would make.

As soon as it's available on DVD, I'll buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Women - The Closer You Get March 23, 2009
By N.J.Mc
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This was originally released as "The Closer You Get". It's a wonderful story about a small Irish village that learns a valuable lesson about loving and appreciating what's right under your nose. Proves the adage that "the grass is not always greener..."!
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Reminiscent of The Matchmaker and Waking Ned Devine, this spirited Irish laugher directed by first-timer Aileen Ritchie takes moviegoers once again to rural Ireland for another round of the battle of the sexes. Placing a personal ad in the Miami Herald, our Irish homeboy heroes hatch a plan to lure American babes to scenic Donegal from scenic Florida, for mutual amorous benefit. The local Irish lasses don't take kindly to this possible turf infringement, and while the guys primp and try to figure out ways to make themselves more marketable, the lasses wrap themselves around some Spanish fishermen whose timely arrival offshore makes for some comedic interlude and jealousy.

Ian Hart "Backbeat" plays a butcher-turned-Brad Pitt, who after determining that blondes really do have more fun, waits patiently in pub and at bus stop for the avalanche of lovelies to materialize. What he and the other would-be hunks fail to see is, of course, what is staring them in the face. For the closer you get, the more difficult it is to see what was there all the time. (I think we have a movie title somewhere in that line.)

The end is quite predictable. Bus after bus arrives in the sleepy seaside Irish burgh, departs, and fails to deposit the anticipated American beauties. Instead relationships slowly smoldering throughout the length of the movie suddenly burst into flame. Even a man whose only previous experience with the opposite sex came from porn magazines connects with a fortunate colleen.

Rated PG-13.
Starring Ian Hart, Ewan Stewart, Sean McGinley, Ruth McCabe, Sean McDonagh, Cathleen Bradley and Pat Shortt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Endearing, and OHMYGOSH, those accents! December 30, 2006
This is a great movie for everyone to enjoy. I've passed it on to friends who have, in turn, bought it for themselves to share with others. Its a movie I can watch over and over. All of the charachters make it the movie that it is and without each and every one, it would not be the same. While all the men are hoping a woman will fall on their doorstop from an ad they submitted in a Miami newspaper, two are in love without knowing it until they finally "realize" it and another falls in love by accident...LOVE IT
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun
Published 1 day ago by Brien Graziano
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Village lIfe take on a whole now meaning
I love Irish comedy and this it one to rent by the third time of watching it you get it, Funny is not the word its just fun all the way, so break out the popcorn and enjoy
Published 20 days ago by Chris R I'Anson
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!
I searched for this movie without knowing the title for YEARS. After seeing a preview in the theater the film never came to my area. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anita R. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars do not let the cover put you off
Absolutely wonderful. Forget the awful cover - this is a clever and delightful movie. The story of a group of men who decide that they should try to put an advertisement in an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by LK
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Type Was For Out-of-Country
Because it can only be played in Japan and certain parts of Europe. I missed that point in the ad, but I won't ever do it again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SDD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie! It is light hearted and funny, and I love the Irish background. Ian Hart is great.
Published 11 months ago by Diane Wonders
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Little Picture
In a small village in Ireland, the single men of the town hit upon the idea of advertising in a Miami newspaper for "sporty, fit American girls between 20 and 21" to be... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anthony Ambrogio
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 purchased DVD's don't work in US, but seller wants me to pay!
Received 2 copies of this DVD and neither can be played in the US. Apparently are coded to be played in Europe only, not US. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cindy McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is British... no excuse me.. Irish humor at it's best! If you like that type of humor/drama, you should get this movie.
It's even one of my wife's favorites.
Published 20 months ago by Dino
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for St. Patrick's Day
My friends and I rented this video on St. Patrick's Day because the bars were too crowded to have any fun, and we felt compelled to do something vaguely Irish. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brianna W.
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