Only the Lonely
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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pretty easy ride, almost entirely because of John Candy and the miraculous casting of Maureen O'Hara."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Surprisingly pleasant, moving comedy from Chris Columbus."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"John Candy sells it."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Orchestrates a peaceful stream of gags and one-liners while piecing together a puzzle of broken of Columbus's best films, and easily ranks as Candy's most dimensional performance. He's a joy to watch here."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Odd but hilarious Columbus comedy."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"As a romance, Only the Lonely undoubtedly succeeds."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of Candy's sweetest (and most underappreciated) films"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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