Erin Richter
September 29, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Women

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Ian Hart, Niamh Cusack
director
Aileen Ritchie
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Romance

We gave it a B-

Riding the well-worn coattails of The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine, newcomer Aileen Ritchie fashions a sweet and at times endearing romantic tale out of five loveless Irish lads and their misguided efforts to lure U.S. girls to their small seaside village. Although lazily adorned in oddball charm at the expense of real plot and pacing, the heartfelt trifle American Women, released theatrically last spring as The Closer You Get, deserves more than Fox’s sloppy vid repackaging and retitling (the new opening credits mistakenly title the flick American Woman). B-

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