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Title: Only the Lonely
Released: 1991

Fix: Rom Com, Finally Cutting The Umbilical Cord After 38 Years
Platforms: Starz, DirecTV, Spectrum On Demand

Netflix Summary:

Finding love is hard, but getting Mom to approve is the real hurdle. Time to cut the apron strings.

FYA Summary:

Dan is a Chicago cop with a heart of gold…who also lives with his overbearing, emotionally manipulative mother.  Rose is perfectly happy with the arrangement, so when a painfully shy funeral home worker catches her son’s eye, she does everything in her power to make sure she remains #1 lady in his life.

Familiar Faces:

John Candy as Dan

Ally Sheedy as Theresa

Ally Sheedy is perfect as the shy and awkward Theresa. If you can make it past the first awkward date, you’re going to like her quite a bit.

Maureen O’Hara as Rose

Rose is the future mother-in-law from hell, and plays her role to the hilt.

Jim Belushi as Salvatore

Macaulay Culkin as Billy Muldoon

Tiny Culkin!

Kieran Culkin as Patrick Muldoon Jr.

Tinier Culkin!

Anthony Quinn as Nick

Couch-Sharing Capability: Depends On If You’re Currently Dating A Mama’s Boy

If you or a friend have ever dated a mama’s boy, this is going to be less of a funny movie and more like a documentary. Of course, you could always show it to your favorite mama’s boy, and start throwing around terms like “surrogate spouse” and “emotional incest,” just to spice up your Friday night at home. Make sure to throw your significant other meaningful looks whenever Dan or Theresa stand up to Rose, even in the smallest way. You might even want to cheer, if it’s really bad.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: See Above

This is a pretty cute movie that doesn’t require booze to enjoy, but again, if you’ve ever dated a mama’s boy, you might find yourself having PTSD-like flashbacks as Dan plays right into Rose’s emotional manipulation. In that case, I recommend settling down with a double vodka on ice (you’ll know why if you watch it) and keep ‘em coming.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Hidden Gem

This is yet another movie I never would have watched if not for Netflix. In fact, I’d never even heard of it. Cheers to that!

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