Retro Review: Only the Lonely (1991)

In the latter portion of his career, John Candy delved into some more serious projects. Candy was always a great comic actor but it wasn’t until 1991’s “Only the Lonely” did Candy prove that maybe he could move beyond comedy.

“Only the Lonely” was also the last film he would do for comedy super-producer John Hughes.

“Only the Lonely” starred Candy as a single police officer Danny Muldoon who lives with his over-bearing mother Rose (Maureen O’Hara) and hasn’t had a date in a really long time.

One night Danny meets Theresa (Ally Sheedy) in a bar after an altercation. Theresa works with her father at the local funeral home as a make-up artist for the recently deceased. Theresa is really shy but eventually gives into Danny’s charms and agrees to go out with him.

For these two lovebirds to find a happy ending they will have to deal with Theresa’s insecurities and Rose’s constant muddling. But if the cards are right they might find happy ever after.

“Only the Lonely” isn’t your typical John Candy comedy but if you are a fan of his it should be one you should remember. Candy gives such an honest and genuine performance that it could be the best acting the comedian did in his career.

But what makes Candy so good in the film is that he stands toe-to-toe with veteran actress O’Hara and doesn’t flinch. The chemistry between O’Hara and Candy is magical and I loved every moment.

The film was also a land mark in the fact that it marked the return of Maureen O’Hara to the silver screen after 20 years. Still to this day it is O’Hara’s last performance in the movies.

I liked “Only the Lonely” because it reminded me of just how special John Candy really was. We still love you, John.

(4 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer

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