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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 »


Aileen Ritchie


Herbie Wave (story), William Ivory (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... Kieran O'Donnell
Sean McGinley ... Ian O'Donnell
Niamh Cusack ... Kate O'Leary
Ruth McCabe ... Mary Mulligan
Ewan Stewart ... Pat O'Leary
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Ollie Doyle
Cathleen Bradley Cathleen Bradley ... Siobhan
Sean McDonagh Sean McDonagh ... Sean Mulligan
Risteard Cooper Risteard Cooper ... Father Hubert Mallone
Maureen O'Brien ... Dollie Doyle
Pat Laffan ... Giovanni
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Mrs. Duncannon
Joan Sheehy Joan Sheehy ... Joan
Patricia Martin Patricia Martin ... Mrs. Lock
Dessie Gallagher Dessie Gallagher ... Mickey


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | Ireland



Release Date:

8 September 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

American Women See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£101,051 (United Kingdom), 10 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,307, 27 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,898, 2 April 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Redwave Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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: Siobhan? Siobhan!
Siobhan: [She opens the window] What do you want?
Kieran O'Donnell: I love you and I'm sorry.
Siobhan: Pardon?
Kieran O'Donnell: I said I love you.
Siobhan: The other bit.
Kieran O'Donnell: Will you go out with me?
Siobhan: No.
[She closes the window]
Kieran O'Donnell: Ah, wait! Siobhan! Wait!
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References The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) See more »


Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (as Stephen Soundheim)
Used by kind permission of Leonard Bernstein Music Pub. Co. LLC / Polygram Music Publishing Ltd
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18 September 2000 | by Robin KellySee all my reviews

It's an interesting premise but the execution is poor. This is a well-made bad film, which is quite frustrating.

If I had to single out anything it's the story. Sometimes a very poor predictable plot will be successful (witness the Full Monty from the same producer) but this time it is devoid of charm and flops badly.

I don't need formulaic traditional three-act structures but the characters need to be solid and true. The three main relationships at the centre of the film offer conflict but no drama because the characters are under-developed and so their actions are unconvincing.

Ideally the accents would be more accessible for an international audience while still being authentic. I say accents but it's really only one actor I had a problem with.

There were a couple of laugh out loud moments in the film and it generated a few smiles but I was surprised to see it described as a comedy on IMDB. I honestly don't think it was written as one.

I'm afraid I can't think of a single reason to see this film and I've really tried to, honestly.

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