The Lonely Guy (1984)




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In a comedy as flat as the cardboard cut-outs of movie stars that appear in one scene, Steve Martin plays Larry Hubbard, a wild and lonely guy who has been dumped by his girlfriend. Since misery loves company, he takes up with Warren, a fellow Lonely Guy (Charles Grodin), and eventually both Warren and Larry find some surprising companions, especially after Larry writes a best-selling Lonely Guy Guide.
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Steve Martin
as Larry Hubbard
Charles Grodin
as Warren Evans
Steve Lawrence
as Jack Fenwick
Robyn Douglass
as Danielle
Merv Griffin
as Himself
Joyce Brothers
as Herself
Candi Brough
as Anita and Chelsea
Randi Brough
as Anita and Chelsea
Julie Payne
as Rental Agent
Madison Arnold
as Lonely cop
Roger Robinson
as Greeting card supervisor
Joan Sweeny
as Girl in Blood Bank
Daniel P. Hannafin
as Park Guard
Nicholas Mele
as Maitre d'
Leon Jones
as Traffic Cop
Steven Hurwitz
as Man on Roof
Leslie Wing
as Brenda
Helen Verbit
as Woman in Window
Kenneth W. O'Brien
as Holdup Man
Erica Hiller
as Carol, Girl in Bank
Karyn Harrison
as Couple in Bar
Hunt Block
as Couple in Bar
Alan Leach
as Bookstore Man
Ed Beheler
as Jimmy Carter Look-alike
Jerry Grayson
as Man Who Gets Shot
Michael Greer
as Counterman
Erik Holland
as Ship's Officer
Hugh Douglas
as Narrator
Ken Hixon
as Guest in Church
Rance Howard
as Minister
José Martinez
as Gang Member
Gloria Irizarry
as Woman at Elevated
Beau Starr
as Cop No. 2
Dominic Barto
as Holdup Man No. 2
Charles de Vries
as Ship's Maitre d'
Billy James
as Bridge Jumper #2
Santos Morales
as Janitor
Lena Pousette
as Frieda
Jade D. Bari
as Cabbie
Charlie Laiken
as Man on Roof
Steve Hurwitz
as Man on Roof
Hardy Rawls
as Man on Roof
Doug Smith
as Man on Roof
Tom Kubiak
as Man on Roof
Stephanie Segal
as Agent at Party
Joanne Dalsass
as Model at Party
George Tyne
as Director at Party
Robina Suwol
as Girl at Party
Eb Lottimer
as Groom
Stephanie Segel
as Agent at Party
Badja Djola
as Native
Matthew Faison
as Lonely Guy
Martin Beck
as Lonely Guy
Charles Bouvier
as Lonely Guy
Leslie Bevis
as One of the Seven Deadly Sins
Lamya Derval
as One of the Seven Deadly Sins
Jenny Gago
as One of the Seven Deadly Sins
Marie Laurin
as One of the even Deadly Sins
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Martin's trademark wacky humor is fitfully in evidence, but seems much more repressed than usual in order to fit into the relatively realistic world of single working people.

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
Top Critic

The kind of movie that seems to have been made to play in empty theaters on overcast January afternoons.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It tries a little bit of everything, and winds up with an air of messy desperation.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Arthur Hiller's direction exudes a flavorless professionalism, a quality that doesn't count for much in this context.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A mindless comedy that's about as funny as a life sentence in solitary confinement.

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
TV Guide

Funny stuff.

July 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Lonely Guy

The title of this movie pretty much says it all. This is a movie about a lonely guy who is searching for some love. He's tormented by his own loneliness and this movie follows him in his search for a woman to fall in love with. A classic Steve Martin movie, very good.

Naughtia Nahazhina
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

If you're sad and lonely, watch this great comedy, you'll still be lonely but at least you wont be sad about it anymore!

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


One of the weakest of Martin's 80s movies. Quite dated, but still worth a watch if you're a hardcore fan.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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