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Only the Lonely (1991)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  24 May 1991 (USA)
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A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

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Danny, a cop, meets and falls in love with Theresa. They get engaged, despite sneaking around behind his mother's back, but when push comes to shove, he can't quite quit worrying about his mother long enough to be any kind of lover to Theresa. Written by Gregg Long <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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The Man, The Woman, The Mother.

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

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$21,830,957 (USA)
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This marked Maureen O'Hara's first feature film role in 20 years (she had last appeared on the big screen in Big Jake (1971)) and with the exception of three television films (1995, 1998 & 2000) it also turned out to be her final one as well. See more »

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The scene of the sun setting over Lake Michigan doesn't make sense. Since Lake Michigan is the eastern border of Chicago the sun could only rise over the lake. See more »

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Doyle: If I'd gotten married, I wouldn't be where I am now.
Spats: In a tavern?
Doyle: Free! Living like a king!
Spats: You live at the Y.
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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
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John Candy In His Best Role... More Serious Than Usual
18 September 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

ONLY THE LONELY (2+ outta 5 stars)

Probably John Candy's best role on film... not an all-out comedy laugh-fest as most would expect... it's actually a kind of sweet, sentimental story (somewhat influenced by the classic film/play "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine) about an aging bachelor cop (Candy), his overbearing mother (Maureen O'Hara, just as sassy on screen as in her heyday) and the plain, young mortician with whom he falls in love (Ally Sheedy). Yeah, right... Ally Sheedy is "a little plain"... just like she was in "Breakfast Club". Why, oh why so they always have to cast these drop-dead gorgeous movie stars as "plain" people. (Michelle Pfeiffer in "Frankie and Johnny"... anyone buy THAT one?) Anyway, Sheedy and Candy do have a sweet chemistry together... the movie is a very NICE movie... there is a little bit of a dramatic subtext that could have been explored a little deeper... but the film chooses to keep the tone light... maybe *too* light. Several scenes of Candy imagining terrible accidents happening to his mother due to his absence seem a little too "cute-sy"... but I guess they didn't want to freak audiences out by getting too realistic.


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