Only the Lonely

PLOT:

Adapted from Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty, this film from writer-director Chris Columbus stars John Candy as Danny Muldoon, a Chicago police officer who still lives at home with his overbearing mother, Rose (Maureen O’Hara). When Danny meets the shy Theresa (Ally Sheedy) one night at a bar, he’s instantly smitten. Unfortunately, both Danny’s friends and Rose disapprove, making his quest for a normal relationship and life seemingly impossible.

What people are saying:

“A splendid little comedy about love lost and found featuring a terrific performance from O’Hara as a salty, prejudiced Irish mother who struggles with the thought of being alone. Sheedy also performs well as Candy’s would be “Sicilian/Polish” fiance. A very enjoyable watch.” 3 stars

“A real stinker from Chris Columbus. Makes Maureen O’hara seem and look like a witch. Terrible script, predictable and poorly conceived. It is no Home Alone ot Trains, Planes and automobiles…not even a near miss. Only Ally Sheedy shines.” 1 1/2 stars

“This movie came out in 1991 and it was a throwback even then: sweet, full of love and hope and not at all cynical. Today’s romantic comedies could learn a few things. Maureen O’Hara is priceless here as the interfering, guilt mongering mother and John Candy proved once and for all he was a natural comedic film actor, not just suited for TV comedy skits. Ally Sheedy is also wonderful here, having shed her previous troubled teenage brat roles to play a shy, young woman who clearly has the strongest sense of character in the movie. Watch this if you want to see real love on the screen (and chuckle along the way). After all, this is at least the second time “Only the Lonely” has been put back into rotation and I think that largely shows how popular this movie is.” 5 stars

“This is pretty much as cute and warm as movies can get! However, for all I was very entertained by this movie; as a whole it still felt quite average… Yet I really did enjoy watching it! The plot is very interesting as a man struggles to find love because he feels the need to take care of his mother! It’s definitely a great little movie which everybody needs to see!” 3 stars

“A delightful romantic comedy with a surprising amount of substance. The characters really rang true, as over and over again I found myself reminded of people I’ve known in real life. The movie is also good for a good many big belly laughs, too. ” 4 1/2 stars

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