John Candy, as Officer Danny Muldoon, plays a thirty-eight year old man who is unmarried, like Marty from the fifties, with a very funny script.
It has always been my impression that John Candy could play a serious role effectively. He is perfect as Danny Muldoon, a bachelor living with his domineering mother in Chicago.
Candy has the skill and ability to play a man whose life is OK but not great, with no one to share it with. With an excellent script by Chris Columbus filled with great lines for Maureen O'Hara (in her first performance in twenty years), this should be a hit for the summer.
Muldoon falls in love with Theresa (Ally Sheedy), despite the stuttering and nervousness which they experience as they get together. The greater barrier is Rose Muldoon (O'Hara), who cannot approve of an Italian who is half Polish becoming her daughter-in-law. Muldoon is filled with guilt, neatly pressed by his mother as he plans to wed. Many scenes are uncomfortable for Muldoon but to the audience they are belly laughs.
Only the Lonely is for everyone. Put it on your list of must see.
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