A good romantic comedy is sometimes hard to find. It shouldn’t be too predictable, but it also has to contain recognizable characters and narratives.
In the 1991 movie, Only The Lonely, Danny Muldoon (the late John Candy) is a single, middle-aged cop living with his widowed mother, Rose (the late Maureen O’Hara), who is the textbook helicopter parent. When he meets Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), a shy funeral worker, sparks begin to fly. But Rose’s years of helicopter parenting have become part of Danny’s psyche and he begins to worry more about his mother than his girlfriend.
This movie is one of my all time favorite romantic comedies. Every filmmaker looking to make a romantic comedy should be required to see this film. It is funny, it is charming and while it does contain the standard genre characters and narratives, it is not the typical romantic comedy. One of my favorite aspects of this film was the casting of Anthony Quinn who plays Nick Acropolis, one of Danny’s neighbors who is sweet on his mother. As a classic movie fan, it’s wonderful to see Anthony Quinn and Maureen O’Hara back on-screen together.
I recommend it.