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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH8ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Women" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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Its a movie I can watch over and over.
Juniors-Chia
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.
N.J.Mc
I can't tell you how ecstatic I was to finally learn the title and get a copy of my own!
Anita R. Chapman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on 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 By Laura Coffing on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By S. Miller on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David G. Long on 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 By N.J.Mc on March 23, 2009
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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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This Irish story is about a group of men, young and single up to older players, who live in a small seaside village. The men and women are so used to seeing each other on a daily basis that they no longer recognize how beautiful their own women are, so they place an add in an American newspaper for brides. The Irish women plot to wake up the men to what they already have and don't see. The touching moments are real. The funny Irish reasoning and tempers are so good that the watcher forgets about the American women on the way. A very good comedy with a lot of truth mixed in.
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