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The Lonely Guy (1984)

R | | Comedy | 27 January 1984 (USA)
A writer for a greeting card company learns the true meaning of loneliness when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man.

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When shy Larry Hubbard finds his girlfriend in bed with another man he is forced to begin a new life as single. But since he can't bear being on his own he tries to court Iris who is not however interested in him. Larry begins writing a book on his experience as a single which unexpectedly becomes a best seller. He becomes rich and famous and even his relationship with Iris can begin on a new basis. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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$2,072,130, 27 January 1984, Wide Release

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$5,718,573
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An Australian movie poster press-ad featured a joke questionnaire. It said: "YOU KNOW YOU'RE LONELY WHEN: A. Your inflatable doll has a headache. B. You have long, intimate conversations with your pet fern. C. Your answering machine puts you on hold. D. You drive the wrong way down a one-way street so someone will wave at you. E. You eat garlic and nobody notices." See more »

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When Warren and Larry are standing on the street with their ferns talking the NYPD police car 807 drives by and then drives by again a second time five seconds later. See more »

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Warren Evans: [Larry and Iris are trying to talk Warren out of killing himself] You want to know the place I'll have in your life? You'll have a beautiful wife, great kids, lovely home, and I'll be your bachelor friend who you feel you have to invite to your dinner party because you haven't seen me in ages. But Iris has run out of single women to fix me up with as a dinner date, so she wracks her brain and comes up with this widow who's fifteen years older than me, overweight with rotten teeth... You know, it...
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Grodin Steals the show
29 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Lonely Guy is a cute comedy; not inspired, but mildly funny in bits. The problem is the script that Martin is required to play too straight a character as the "nice lonely guy". He does a good job, but the script doesn't support him with enough consistently funny situations or dialogue (the big problem with the movie, that much of it comes off as bland. Speaking of bland (or should I say, BLAND), Charles Grodin practically walks away with most of the movies laughs as the Jedi Master of Lonely Guys, Martin's mentor in the world of lonely guys. He does it not because he is much funnier that Martin is, but just by playing the one element he has to work with in a consistent, funny way, while Martin has to struggle with a script that doesn't support him. (Additional problem: As much as I like them, was it really necessary to have Merv Griffin and Joyce Brothers in the film, if they didn't add to the scenes?)

However, if you like Charles Grodin, then this is a must-see film just for his scenes. He proves yet again that the best comedy is found in pain and truthfulness, not zaniness and pratfalls. (His scenes are the only ones I clearly remember, other than one in which Martin seems to watch his own death on t.v.; which I won't spoil for you, if you ever happen to rent it.)

Catch it on cable the next rainy night you can't seem to get a date.

Five stars. (Could have been more with a rewrite).


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