Donald Liebenson
November 19, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

When photojournalist Mark Wexler (son of cinematographer Haskell Wexler) set out to profile indefatigable widow Irene Nathan, who runs a Chicago dating service for Jewish singles, the last thing he expected was for her to become a noodge about his own single status. What begins as a strictly kosher documentary becomes something more intimate as Nathan takes it upon herself to get Mark ”into the arms of the proper girl.” Unlike Myles Berkowitz’s execrable doc 20 Dates, this is love at first sight. Reel Goodies (0:44) Mark’s new girlfriend tries to make a good impression on a disapproving Irene, observing ”It’s like a mother-and-son thing.” ”Actually,” Irene blithely replies, ”we’re lovers.” The Last Detail Nathan has arranged over 200 marriages, but as of yet, not for Wexler, who is still single. B+

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