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Only the Lonely

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Only the Lonely

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
104 minutes
performer:
John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Milo O'Shea, Anthony Quinn, Ally Sheedy
director:
Chris Columbus
Producer:
John Hughes
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
3159
genre:
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a D

In this rehash of Marty from the John Hughes factory, John Candy plays a 38-year-old cop who lives for his mom (Maureen O’Hara) instead of himself. When he falls for a timid makeup artist who works over the corpses in her father’s funeral parlor (Ally Sheedy), he must choose between being his own man or a mama’s boy.

As a love story, Only the Lonely falls flat; there’s no chemistry between kindly Candy and wallflower Sheedy. And the script has O’Hara slinging ethnic slurs and, at one point, trying vainly to make a big joke out of Sheedy’s small breast size. Even a walk-on by Home Alone‘s Macaulay Culkin can’t save the movie; when it’s time to choose this weekend’s video rental, Only the Lonely is for only the desperate. D

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