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30 years old today: Top 5 memorable lines from Steve Martin's 'The Lonely Guy'



Steve Martin's The Lonely Guy turns 30 years old today. Seems like only yesterday I was a high school kid wondering just what the hell kind of romantic comedy this was. For someone who grew up on Martin doing King Tut and The Jerk, The Lonely Guy was at a comedic level I hadn't encountered to date.

Based on an actual book (The Lonely Guy's Book of Life by Bruce Jay Friedman), the movie follows Martin as a greeting card writing who's unlucky with love. Ultimately, his frustrations lead him to write a book called A Guide for the Lonely Guy, which provides him a celebrity status (though not necessarily the companionship he had sought.)

It's sparkled with some great cameos (Merv Griffin, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Loni Anderson) and features the amazing supporting acting job by the great Charles Grodin, another lonely guy who is too willing eo accept his fate in the universe. Co-written by Neil Simon, it's one of his only works not to be based on his life or one of his plays.

Critics weren't kind to it. Roger Ebert gave it one and a half stars, remarking: "The Lonely Guy is the kind of movie that seems to have been made to play in empty theaters on overcast January afternoons. It stars Steve Martin, an actor who inspires in me the same feelings that fingernails on blackboards inspire in other people."


5. "First time lonely guy?"

4. "Man you are one bad backwards writer."

3. "I don't like to take naps. I don't like to wake up more than once a day. 'Cause when I first wake up I get that shock of who I am and everything. I... I really don't like to do that more than once a day."

2. "Don't worry. Lonely guys don't stay lonely forever."

1. "Will you be my Valentine? Think about it a bit. If you will that's OK, if not, who gives a sh--?"

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