Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1990s Collection: The Matchmaker (1997)

Janeane Garofalo had had some success outside of stand-up by starring in The Truth About Cats and Dogs — a movie that she dislikes, calling it anti-feminist — and turned down the Gail Weathers role in Scream to appear in this movie, her first and only lead role.

She plays Marcy Tizard, who has been sent to Ireland by her boss Nick (Denis Leary) to find a relative that can help the Irish-American vote for Boston Senator John McGlory (Jay O. Sanders). Arriving in Ballinagra in time for the annual matchmaking festival, she’s suddenly the object of competition between two rival professional matchmakers, Dermot (Milo O’Shea) and Millie (Rosaleen Linehan) and gains the attention of bartender Sean (David O’Hara).

Romantic third act hijinks ensue, as they always do, but things work out.

This was directed by Australian director Mark Joffe, who made sure it was authentic by working with Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, who wrote the script with Karen Janszen and Louis Nowra.

When asked, Garofolo said this was one of the few movies that she was in that she liked.

Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1990s Collection has some great movies for a great price like HousesitterWhite PalaceOne True ThingDonnie BrascoThe Devil’s OwnAnacondaI Know What You Did Last SummerThe Freshman and The Deep End of the Ocean. You can get it from Deep Discount.

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