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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Anchor Bay Entertainment

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John Candy
as Danny
Maureen O'Hara
as Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy
as Theresa
Kevin Dunn
as Patrick
Milo O'Shea
as Doyle
Bert Remsen
as Spats Shannon
Joe V. Greco
as Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Father Strapovic
Clarke P.Devereux
as News Vendor
Teri McEvoy
as Susan
Kieran Culkin
as Patrick Jr
Clarke Devereux
as News Vendor
Martin Fisher
as Chess Player
James Deuter
as Waiter
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
Jesse J. Donnelly
as Policeman
Sandra Macat
as Stewardess
Rick LeFevour
as Hoodlum
Mahlon Sharp
as Tommy Bones
Michael Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
James Belushi
as Sal Buonarte
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Only the Lonely


One of John Candy's best characters.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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
Alexis Nomm

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


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