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Only the Lonely (1991)




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Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon (John Candy), in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose (Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence) and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), whose father is the local funeral director, and both Danny and Theresa immediately fall in love. The only obstacle to their happiness is the jaded opinions of Danny's friends. Rose, in particular, launches into a bigoted Italian salvo that intimidates Danny, making it difficult for him to continue the relationship.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
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Written By: Chris Columbus
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Maureen O'Hara
as Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy
as Theresa
Kevin Dunn
as Patrick
Bert Remsen
as Spats Shannon
Joe V. Greco
as Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Father Strapovic
Clarke P.Devereux
as News Vendor
Kieran Culkin
as Patrick Jr
Clarke Devereux
as News Vendor
Martin Fisher
as Chess Player
Dick Sollenberger
as Suit Salesman
Doyle Devereux
as Tuxedo Salesman
Ed Meekin
as Carriage Driver
Michael W. Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
Marlon A. Morris
as Cop Friend
Sandra Macat
as Stewardess
Mahlon Sharp
as Tommy Bones
Michael Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
James Belushi
as Sal Buonarte
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Critic Reviews for Only the Lonely

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 24, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A pretty easy ride, almost entirely because of John Candy and the miraculous casting of Maureen O'Hara.

Full Review… | November 14, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Only the Lonely


One of John Candy's best characters.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's a cute movie, with cute actors and a cute plot. The wife, Ally Sheedy was annoying as hell and had more mom-issues than I've ever seen. How anyone couldn't love Maureen O'Hara is beyond me.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

Funny movie. Bout a guy who finds love and learns to let his mother take a backseat to his life.


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