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Friday Film Review: The Closer You Get (aka American Women)

The Closer You Get (aka American Women [US title]) 2000
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Grade: Not a bad way to spent 95 minutes.

I liked “The Full Monty” and “Waking Ned Devine” which are two films, along with the “Ballykissangel” series, which are mentioned in the “if you like these you’ll like “The Closer You Get” lists. Yeah, I pretty much agree though I also agree with several people who’ve said this one isn’t quite as good as the others. Small town Irish charm, nice people acting a little foolishly but no one’s out to deliberately harm anyone else.

After being stimulated by a screening of Bo Derek’s 10, a group of lonely young Irishmen cook up a foolproof plan: They’ll post an ad in the Miami Herald, inviting American ladies to come to them. But when the town’s womenfolk find out about it, they launch a counter-scheme to fend off foreign competition.

Basically the movie is predictable all the way through but it’s also fun and likable. It’s got sweet humor and there’s only one “bad guy” and we can see his final actions coming from a mile off but his missus ends up getting a much better guy who’s loved her from afar (though he thinks he’s hiding it well) for years. I question how that is going to work in this small, Catholic village but the priest doesn’t seem to mind so why should I?

I laughed to see how the womenfolk at first are amused or rolling their eyes about the whole plan then smiled as they turned the tables on their men by inviting some other men who might actually be expected to make the dance to which the Americans are invited via the ad in the Miami Herald. And it was at this point that the men began to see the lovely, though highly opinionated, women who have been right under their noses the whole time.

It’s a “men vs women” film but everyone, or almost everyone, wins in the end. There’s one scene I did like and it’s when one of the young men sits down to talk with his mother about men. He earnestly assures her that not all men are like his Da who drank a lot and ended up running off. “I might occasionally do some of the things he did but that doesn’t mean I’ll end up like him,” he assures her. It was also kind of sad that she needed to be told this by the younger generation.

So, do any Americans actually buy plane tickets and fly from Miami to this small, remote village on the Northwest coast of Ireland? Well, maybe though the response they get might not be what they were expecting. But there are a few unclaimed gents left at the end of the film so…perhaps.


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


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  2. Darlynne
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 08:35:13

    I loved both Ned Devine and the Full Monty so have added this to my Netflix queue (with the understanding it doesn’t quite match up). Thanks!

  3. Gerd D.
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 11:11:50

    Haven’t heard of that movie before.
    Well, probably because I neither cared for “The full Monty” nor “Waking Ned Devine”, but this one sounds tempting.

  4. Jayne
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 17:30:14

    Another thing I forgot to mention is that I enjoyed seeing “regular” looking actors instead of Hollywood hottie types trying to look less than glamorous in the lead roles.

  5. Isabel
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 11:58:44

    Have watched it several times, me and my sister love this film. One of the funniest moments for me was when Kieran said “I’m not a drunk, don’t need to go the pub, I can drink at home” something like that (sorry, I’ve always watched it in spanish) the only thing I didn’t like was the spanish sailors who they said were from Galicia but the names, the music, the looks were more andalusian but that was something minor to dislike.

  6. Jayne
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 12:54:16

    @Isabel: LOL, I did enjoy the lads and their drinking habits. Though I doubt I’d actually care to live with one of them.

    I hadn’t realized that so many Spanish sailors came to Ireland so frequently. They are also mentioned in the wonderful film “The Snapper.”

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