MATCH ME IF YOU CAN – A Review by John Strange

MATCH ME IF YOU CAN – A Review by John Strange

Earlier this year, Match Me If You Can, played here in Dallas, TX at the Dallas International Film Festival, where it was an Official Selection and won a Special Jury Prize.  One of my writers attended the screening at the festival and, like me, loved the film.

Kip Parsons (Georgina Reilly) is a woman after my own heart.  She is a computer programmer and a nerd (like me!).  Her luck at finding a boyfriend was wearing on her spirit.  Lucky for her she had a posse, actually co-workers at her job, who joined her in her nerdly adventures. 

One night, her pet hermit crab, Jones-the-Crab, clicked on the “I Promise” dating site link.  Kip had been drinking and decided that filling out the questionnaire was an okay idea.  At least until the expected email from the service told her she was “unmatchable” and suggested she get a dog.

The blog entry, which she expected to be seen by three people went viral and was seen by tens of thousands!  Suddenly she is a web personality, whether she wants to be or not.

This is the type of rom-com I can truly get behind.  My people (nerds) are at the forefront of this story.  From Kip with her friends to the zombies they play roleplaying games against, to the thousands of lonely nerds who find a hero in the young lady, this is a well-written, beautifully directed film.  And it has several actors and actresses that you’ll recognize, which is unusual for a small independent film. 

I had a great time watching Kip work her way through this debacle.  Will she find love?  Will she get a dog?  I even found tears in my eyes at the end.  Like Jenn, the other Selig Film News writer, I will be looking to own a copy of this film so I can re-watch Match Me If You Can from time to time in the future.

 

Director: Marian Yeager

Cast: Georgina Reilly, Wilson Bethel, Brian George, Billy Armstrong, Veronica Wylie, Jennifer Griffin, Kanwar Singh

MPAA Rating: NR

Selig Rating: 5 Stars

Runtime: 104 Min.

Release Date: 08/11/2023

Release Locations: opens in New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, and in the Los Angeles area, as well as on Amazon and iTunes

Language: English

Movie Site: MATCH ME IF YOU CAN Official Site

Trailer: MATCH ME IF YOU CAN Trailer

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.

4 Stars – Good movie/show

3 Stars – OK movie/show

2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…

1 Star – Total waste of time.

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