Jill Rachlin
November 29, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

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
Chris Columbus
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it an 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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