The Lonely Guy

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Released 1984

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Director:
Arthur Hiller
Released:
1984
Rating:
R
The Lonely Guy is a 1984 comedy about a writer who has difficulty having relationships with women. Larry Hubbard (Steve Martin) appears to be living the perfect life. He is a successful greeting card writer who lives with a loving girlfriend. His world falls apart one day, though, when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man. Newly single, he goes on numerous dates with women, but nothing ever seems to work out. One day he meets Iris (Judith Ivey) and falls for her instantly. Iris, however, does not share the same feelings for him. Despondent, Larry spends his days writing a book called "A Guide for the Lonely Guy." The book becomes a huge success and Larry's luck with women changes overnight after he appears on a series of nationally televised talk shows. Initially skeptical of him, Iris begins to have second thoughts, but will their relationship work now that Larry has his choice of dozens of women?moreless

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  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    There is more truth to the lives of people alone than Hiller and his writers have cared to admit, and, consequently, more humor. The Lonely Guy is short on both. [31 Jan 1984, p.B5]

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Mostly I laughed at the idea that Steve Martin could ever understand what it means to be a lonely guy, and that Arthur Hiller, who directed this, or Neil Simon, who adapted it, or ...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Lonely Guy is the kind of movie that inspires you to distract yourself by counting the commercial products visible on the screen, and speculating about whether their manufactur...

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance