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Along Came Polly (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Comedy and Drama movie directed by John Hamburg

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A charming and funny Romance.

  • Jan 15, 2004
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+3
Pros: Good Laughs and Stiller.

Cons: Is Predictable.

The Bottom Line: A funny, and entertaining film that will make you smile.

On what should be the happiest day of his life Rueben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is unaware of the change his life is about to take. On the first day of his Honeymoon in St.Barts, Rueben’s world comes crashing down around him when he finds his wide Lisa (Debra Messing), in the throws of passion with a local diving instructor.
Overly cautious by nature due to his work assessing risk for an insurance company, Rueben is devastated and is comforted by his friend Sandy (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), who toils as a struggling actor who clings to his shining moment of glory in a long ago teen comedy.

In a chance encounter, Rueben encounters a former classmate named Polly (Jennifer Aniston), and becomes interested in this woman who is energetic and adventurous and very much the opposite of him socially.

Rueben also has to contend with his latest case, finding a way to insure wealthy industrialist Leland Van Lew, (Bryan Brown), who has a penchant for swimming with Great White sharks, base jumping from skyscrapers and any extreme sport he sets his fancy upon.

The first date between Rueben and Polly has some hilarious results and sets the stages for an unlikely and improbable relationship. Rueben has to learn to loosen up and not fear the world around him, and Polly has to learn to trust others.

The film contains many funny moments as Rueben and Polly get to know one another and as Sandy, Leland, and Rueben’s boss Stan (Alec Baldwin) attempt to impart all manner of advice to the oft-bewildered Rueben.

Of course the film would not be complete without some tension and this comes later in the film when a new element is dropped into the mix causing Rueben and Polly to take stock of their situation and act accordingly.

While predictable, “Along Came Polly” is a funny and charming film that is easily enjoyable. Stiller does a great job as the in check Rueben but still finds himself generating good laughs from the most unusual circumstances. Though reserved, Stiller plays Rueben with a quiet confidence and dignity that allows the audience to root for him, as he is truly a good guy and not some pathetic sap.

Aniston gives Polly a quirky edge that allows her to be a loving individual yet one who does not like to plan ahead and has trouble putting down roots. With Stiller, the two have some good moments though the majority of the best scenes revolve around Rueben’s efforts to impress Polly.

Hoffman, and Brown give good supporting work and I for one wish we could have seen more of their characters. It was nice to see Brown slyly work his way through the film and he seems to be having a blast playing such an over the top character. Hoffman who has made a career out of playing losers, allows the audience to see where Sandy as an individual who is unable to escape his past and is desperate to reclaim it, though the closest he has come to acting in years is at the local community theater.

All in all, a funny and enjoyable comedy that should make you laugh and leave you with a smile.


3.5 /5
Gareth Von Kallenbach
www.sknr.net

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review by . April 29, 2009
This movie is pretty typical of the types of movies I have seen Ben Stiller in. If you liked Duplex or Meet the Parents, than this is the movie for you. If not you will probably not like this movie.     Stiller plays a risk manager for an insurance firm. At the beginning of the film he has a big wedding and goes off on his honeymoon. On the first day, he and his wife are invited by a nude instructor to go scuba diving. Stiller afraid to take any type of risk, tells his wife(who …
review by . June 13, 2005
This movie is pretty typical of the types of movies I have seen Ben Stiller in. If you liked Duplex or Meet the Parents, than this is the movie for you. If not you will probably not like this movie.    Stiller plays a risk manager for an insurance firm. At the beginning of the film he has a big wedding and goes off on his honeymoon. On the first day, he and his wife are invited by a nude instructor to go scuba diving. Stiller afraid to take any type of risk, tells his wife(who …
review by . June 27, 2004
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Frankly this is a pretty silly movie and Ben Stiller has definitely made better, like Meet the Parents. Along Came Polly is a lighthearted romantic comedy, but more in the slapstick fashion that Stiller is known for, than say, the slightly more serious romantic comedy's of Hugh Grant. The movie revolves around the throwing together of an unlikely couple in Stiller's character - a nerdy risk assessment analyst for an insurance company who is very risk adverse, and Polly Prince, played by Jennifer …
review by . January 18, 2004
Pros: Good cast chemistry, funny throughout, Philip Seymour Hoffman     Cons: Been done before, Ben Stiller is the same in all his flicks     The Bottom Line: An average movie with some comedy... Ben Stiller is the same in all of his movies. Everyone else is pretty good. Wait for DVD!     In the wake of so many failed romantic comedies, production companies seem to have shied away from this genre which once flourished at the box office. …
review by . January 18, 2004
Pros: Good cast chemistry, funny throughout, Philip Seymour Hoffman     Cons: Been done before, Ben Stiller is the same in all his flicks     The Bottom Line: An average movie with some comedy... Ben Stiller is the same in all of his movies. Everyone else is pretty good. Wait for DVD!     In the wake of so many failed romantic comedies, production companies seem to have shied away from this genre which once flourished at the box office. …
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Opposites are forced to attract inAlong Came Polly, a dose of featherweight fluff that could've been better and could've been worse--surely no pairing of Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston can be a complete waste of time, right? Faint praise indeed, but fans of these mainstream funny-folk will enjoy this movie as a lazy-weekend distraction. Ben's a newlywed insurance risk-assessment analyst whose wife (Debra Messing, in a throwaway role) betrays him on their honeymoon. His uptight, play-it-safe lifestyle (which includes acute aversion to germs and irritable bowel syndrome) makes him seemingly incompatible with the spontaneous, free-spirited Polly (Aniston), but writer-director John Hamburg (whose writing credits include the previous Stiller hitsMeet the ParentsandZoolander) is determined to give them at least theappearanceof romantic potential. No such luck. You will, however, get a few laughs from supporting players Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bryan Brown, and Alec Baldwin.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: John Hamburg
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 16, 2004
Screen Writer: John Hamburg
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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