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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Charles Grodin, Judith Ivey, Steve Lawrence, Robyn Douglass
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Bruce Jay Friedman, Ed. Weinberger, Neil Simon, Stan Daniels
  • Producers: Arthur Hiller, C.O. Erickson, Dorothy Wilde
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Gaiam Americas, Inc
  • VHS Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000009XCX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Steve Martin (Actor), Charles Grodin (Actor), Arthur Hiller (Director) | Rated: R

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Silberstein on August 16, 2005
Format: DVD
As you might expect, Steve Martin's "Lonely Guy" is somewhat over-the-top. Martin plays Larry Hubbard, an aspiring writer whose "perfect" New York City life quickly unravels when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man. This is Hubbard's introduction to the world of Lonely Guys, men who have nobody and nothing to live for.

On the surface, this premise sounds like one that should degenerate into glurge--that is, sappy sentiment with no real meaning or purpose. While some aspects of "The Lonely Guy" threaten to do just that, there is more than enough here that is clever, original, and poignant. Martin plays the familiar "nice guy", adding just enough quirks to make Larry Hubbard original and enough emotion to make the viewer care about him.

The supporting cast is, for the most part, just as strong. Martin's best friend, Warren (Charles Grodin), is a depressed character that reminds one of how Woody Allen might be if he were more of a normal human being. Again, just the right balance is struck between idiosyncraticity and realism. Memorable scenes here include a chess game between Warren and a computerized crane hand and a sequence on the Manhattan Bridge involving several desolate Lonely Guys as well as the movie's heroes.

The second half of the movie is slightly weaker than the first, only because it seems to involve the same note played over and over. After Larry finally meets the girl of his dreams, Iris (Judith Ivey), she alternately courts him and pushes him away out of fear of losing him. This plotline continually repeats instead of going anywhere, and Larry's continued involvement with his girl seems dependent on far too many coincidental meetings. However, there are still a fair number of funny moments in this part of the film.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Schaller on September 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of my favorite movies. Not really because it is the most entertaining one I have ever seen, or even one of the funniest. I love it because it is one of the most identifiable films of all time. I would venture a guess that every single person reading this over the age of 15 or so has been without a significant other for at least a couple weeks at a time or more. In that case, you WILL find things that you can identify with in this movie, and laugh at every single one of them. If you have been one of those unlucky people who have been alone for a year or more at a time and have never seen this movie, you owe it to yourself to check it out, it could become your favorite movie too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
Format: DVD
While The Lonely Guy is first and foremost a comedy, one that descends into comic incredulity on a number of occasions, it really hits a few solid line drives in terms of the lonely guy angle. Steve Martin may be the star of this film, but Charles Grodin steals every scene he's in. He's the true lonely guy in this movie. Larry Hubbard, Martin's character, is really just a guy with really bad luck with women. After coming home to find his current girlfriend in bed with another man, Hubbard finds himself out on the street, struggling to get his bearings. That's where Warren Evans (Grodin) comes in. Warren really knows the ropes when it comes to loneliness, so he is more than qualified to instruct Hubbard in the art of living and being alone. Not all that much later, Larry meets up with Iris (Judith Ivey), a woman who tickles his fancy despite the fact she's been married more times than Larry has fingers on one hand, isn't all that attractive, is obviously lying through her teeth when she says she's thirty, and turns out to be something of a romantic psycho. Larry, of course, loses her phone number, beginning a whole series of misadventures serving to keep the two apart. Once he does meet up with Iris again, the world's most dysfunctional relationship begins. Iris, to grossly oversimplify things, doesn't want to be with a man she loves because she's afraid of being hurt again. All sorts of zany adventures ensue.

But what of Warren? Here's the guy I can identify with. While regular people are out having fun, Warren's playing chess with a sarcastic computer. He has life-size cut-outs of famous people all over the apartment so that it looks like someone is actually there when he throws a little party.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 6, 2006
Format: DVD
There were parts of this movie that were brilliant, others that were pretty good, and some that faltered a bit. Still, it addresses an aspect of life that is too often ignored in popular entertainment because it can be, well, awkward. The recent hit "The 40 year old Virgin" is a cousin of this movie, but not the same thing.

Steve Martin plays Larry Hubbard who is certainly no alpha male. He is a good enough guy and goes after the women society tells him he should pursue. This leads to him being walked over and pushed around by, in this movie, Danielle, but the name matters less than the type. As he leaves with all his belongings (he can carry them all plus the two bags of trash she asks him to take with him as she beds Raul), he ends up in a park. Warren Evans (played brilliantly by Charles Grodin) shows up with his meager belongings and asks Larry how long he has been a Lonely Guy. Larry is unaware of this term and slowly learns the pain and suffering the life of this class of persons endures unseen by most of society.

There are flashes of brilliance in this movie. My favorite is when Larry goes to a busy and upscale restaurant and asks for a table for one. The whole restaurant becomes instantly quiet and all attention is focused on him. As the captain leads him to his table a spotlight that could be used in an air raid shines on Larry all the way to his table. There are many other wonderful moments like this and I am sure you will have your own favorites.

The love story with Iris (delightfully done by Judith Ivey) is very good until they actually get together. Then things become quite awkward and artificial. In fact, the moment we learn she has had six husbands already, well, we leave wit and dive into shtick.
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