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STEVE MARTIN IS 'THE LONELY GUY' WITH (RIP) CHARLES GRODIN

Charles Grodin goes Galactica Year: 1984 Rates: ***1/2

Posted in memory of Charles Grodin is this summary of THE LONELY GUY that, if based on how many particular jokes land compared to the ones that don't, this wouldn't be considered classic or groundbreaking, but the character played by Steve Martin, who, after breaking up with his gorgeously loose girlfriend (Robyn Douglass), residing in New York as a terminally lonely single fella, is so likable and relatable, GUY is, plain and simple, the journey of a man who not only hits rock bottom, but learns how to exist there. 

He has an equally "pathetic" buddy Charles Grodin (choosing to watch BATTLESTAR GALACTICA instead of mingling at a party) and keeps running into the earthy woman of his dreams: always losing her phone number right after. 

What works best here are the specific examples of being alone in a big city and how to deal with each particular bout of solitude (including raising plants as pets and other time-filling tips), hence THE LONELY GUY Guide book that makes him famous. Hence the last forty minutes, after our hero becomes a famous author, things dwindle considerably; but that first hour, especially the scenes shared with Grodin, is a real slice of life.

Charles Grodin and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Charles Grodin and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Dana Ivey, Robyn Douglass and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Charles Grodin and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Charles Grodin and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Charles Grodin plays Chess in THE LONELY GUY
Leslie Wing and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY
Charles Grodin and Steve Martin in THE LONELY GUY with cut-outs
Charles Grodin watches Battlestar Galactica in THE LONELY GUY

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