Derived from a comic tome by Bruce Jay Friedman, premise has Steve Martin bounced by sexpot girlfriend Robyn Douglass and thereby banished to the world of Lonely Guys. He meets and commiserates with fellow LG Charles Grodin, who gets Martin to buy a fern with him and throws a party attended only by Martin and a bunch of life-sized cardboard cutouts of celebs like Dolly Parton and Tom Selleck.

Derived from a comic tome by Bruce Jay Friedman, premise has Steve Martin bounced by sexpot girlfriend Robyn Douglass and thereby banished to the world of Lonely Guys. He meets and commiserates with fellow LG Charles Grodin, who gets Martin to buy a fern with him and throws a party attended only by Martin and a bunch of life-sized cardboard cutouts of celebs like Dolly Parton and Tom Selleck.

Finally, Martin meets cute blonde Judith Ivey, who, having been previously married to six Lonely Guys, instantly falls for him.

Martin’s trademark wacky humor is fitfully in evidence, but seems much more repressed than usual in order to fit into the relatively realistic world of single working people.

The Lonely Guy

Production

Universal. Director Arthur Hiller; Producer Arthur Hiller; Screenplay Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels; Camera Victor J. Kemper; Editor William Reynolds, Raja Gosnell; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director James D. Vance

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Steve Martin Charles Grodin Judith Ivey Steven Lawrence Robyn Douglass Merv Griffin
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