Only the Lonely

Before he can tie the knot, he has to untie the apron strings
Before he can tie the knot, he has to untie the apron strings

ONLY THE LONELY (PG)

D: Chris Columbus
20th Century Fox (John Hughes & Hunt Lowry)
US 1991
104 mins
 
Comedy/Romance
 
W: Chris Columbus
DP: Julio Macat
Ed: Raja Gosnell
Mus: Maurice Jarre 
 
John Candy (Danny Muldoon), Maureen O'Hara (Rose Muldoon), Ally Sheedy (Theresa Luna), Anthony Quinn (Nick Acropolis), James Belushi (Sal Buonarte)
 

Sitcom-stuff romance and a loose remake of 1955's Best Picture winner Marty, starring John Candy as an affable, heavy-set police officer who falls in love with a shy beautician and hides the relationship from his domineering mother, herself the object of affection from an amorous Greek neighbour.

Entertaining enough for its duration, with competent performances from the lead actor and love interest, but it's more notable for a return to the screen for actress Maureen O'Hara after a long hiatus. Everyone involved is capable of much better work though, and this is merely time-filler fluff.

5/10

John Candy & Maureen O'Hara in Only the Lonely
John Candy & Maureen O'Hara in Only the Lonely