Five single and desperate Irishmen decide to send a letter to the Miami Herald inviting young, fit women between the ages of 20 and 21 to come to their tiny village dance, meet some eligible Irishmen with the view to getting married. The whole town finds out about the ad and romance is in the air. The letter to the Miami Herald works but not the way the boys thought it would. Kieran (Ian Hart – Breakfast on Pluto, Finding Neverland), the local butcher, realizes that he is in love with his assistant Siobhan (Cathleen Bradley – About Adam). His brother, Ian (Sean McGinley – Gangs of New York, Michael Collins), is secretly in love with the married pub owner Kate (Niamh Cusack – The Playboys). Kate's marriage to Pat (Ewan Stewart – Young Adam, Titanic) is on shaky ground, however. Ollie (Pat Shortt – Rory O'Shea Was Here) is 36 years old and still lives with his mother. After a visit to the local prostitute is unsuccessful she advises him to order some sex 'education' magazines from Amsterdam. Mary (Circle of Friends, My Left Foot), Sean's (Sean McDonagh – The Honeymooners, The Magdalene Sisters) mom, who runs the local post office will not give Ollie his magazines. The closer they get to the dance the more crazy the whole town starts acting.
American Women, which was originally released in 2000, is a funny and heartwarming Irish film that is somewhat slow at times, but will be enjoyed by those who like the pacing of a good Irish tale. It is done by the producers of 'Waking Ned Devine' and "The Full Monty' and it quite similar in many respects. This is a tale of a tiny Irish town in Donegal which there is only one pub and everyone knows everyone else's business. Director Aileen Ritchie (first film) has managed to capture the essence of life (music, drinking, farming, Catholicism, and fighting boredom) in a small coastal Irish town. This is not to say that they film does not have its shortcomings. I find it hard to believe that those living in small Irish towns are this stupid, simple and petty. It's message that the grass is not always greener on the other side, especially when you live in Ireland, is a good one. The laughs in it are not belly laughs, but it will definitely make you smile from beginning to end.
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