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Along Came Polly
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by Collin Souter

"Rom-Com # 2: Uptight Guy + Flighty Girl = His Life Gets Turned Upside Down"
2 stars

“Along Came Polly” is one of this season’s Pleasant Romantic Comedy Guaranteed Not To Offend, Arouse or Provoke Thought. January is often filled with PRCGNTOAoPTs. History has proven the seasonal box office success of this sub-genre with the likes of “The Wedding Singer” and “Blast From the Past,” two movies that perfectly fit the PRCGNTOAoPT mold. “Along Came Polly,” like this season’s “Chasing Liberty,” “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton,” “The Prince and Me” and countless others, strives for nothing more than to be likable, and it can be in spurts, but most of the time, you’re left sitting there thinking: “I’ve seen this before. Where in God’s name have I seen this before?!? Did I just rent this movie?”

Like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, “Along Came Polly” stars two appealing leads—in this case Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston—who have done better work in the past, but probably thought it would be nice to work together on something featherweight and non-risque, something that would help their box office clout. Both actors do fine and will likely attract couples who have little to no discriminating tastes, couples who just want a Pleasant night out at the movies where they won’t be jerked around too much by anything unfamiliar, couples who rent “A View From The Top” and don’t mind paying the late fees.

And like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, the story concerns these two at opposite ends from each other. “Along Came Polly” fits the PRCGNTOAoPT mold of Uptight Guy Falls For Flighty Girl And His Life Gets Turned Upside Down. And like many UGFFFGAHLGTUDs, the man, Ruben Feffer (Stiller), starts off in a relationship that is about to go sour. Ruben has just married Lisa (Debra Messing). They go off on a honeymoon where Lisa goes scuba diving with an instructor named Claude (Hank Azaria. Ruben catches the two having sex mere minutes later and the marriage ends, leaving Ruben single and depressed.

Along Comes Polly (Aniston), an old friend of his from middle school, who has never been married and works as a hostess at fancy art galleries and fund raisers. Unlike Ruben, who works as a high-level insurance firm where he estimates the likelihood of severe accidents and life-threatening scenarios, Polly seeks adventure, likes to salsa dance and eat spicy foods. The two manage to hit it off, but never get serious. All of this is observed, of course by their two best friends. Ruben’s best friend Sandy (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), that of the Fat Slob variety, used to be a big star in the ‘80s based on only one movie. He now works in community theater. Polly has a best friend, too, but I can’t think of anything truly noteworthy about her. Eventually, the couple must make a choice to commit despite their differences or go their separate ways.

So, fine. Nothing wrong with that, except that I didn’t hear that much laughter coming from the average American Citizen audience with whom I sat. Apparently, most of the best moments in “Along Came Polly” can be seen in the trailer and the audience had apparently seen the trailer hundreds of times already. Aside from a very funny racquetball scene between Stiller and a crocodile-hunting adventurer (Bryan Brown) and a few moments from Hoffman, the movie just plays like a Ben Stiller rom-com greatest hits package.

Movies like this can be frustrating in that one wishes they would either be better or worse. “Just please arouse something in me! Make me sit up and take notice! Make me angry! Just do something!” One likes to come out of a movie remembering something substantial once they bust open the exit doors and throw away their pretzel poppers. That doesn’t happen here. More likely, you’ll walk out staring at the marquees above every other theater door wondering if maybe you should have made a wiser choice. But even that part of the experience won’t stay with you because you’ll soon be back in the freezing cold trying to remember where you parked your car. At that point, “Along Came Polly” will feel like a distant dream.

Unless one of these non-dreamlike PRCGNTOAoPTs stars Josh Hartnett, they usually go down easily. I guess I just prefer rom-coms to stick out like a rubber ducky in a pool of volcanic lava. “Along Came Polly” will crowd-please for the duration of its pleasantly punctual 90-105 minute running time, and that’s all fine and good. One just wishes that the writers in Hollywood would figure out a way to create an original love story instead of just recycling old bits from Farrelly Brothers movies. But as I said before, it’s January and history has proven the success of this sub-genre at this time of year. The biggest challenge we will get out of these is how to pronounce PRCGNTOAoPT.

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User Comments

7/26/18 Jamie Loved this movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic as is Alec. Great vibe flick 5 stars
1/01/10 Dane Youssef I'm getting really tired of these types of movies. This isn't worth the effort to see it. 1 stars
1/09/09 Anonymous. not another stupid chick flick...! 2 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Flick!! 5 stars
3/03/08 ladavies I liked the pairing of Stiller and Aniston. 3 stars
1/06/06 JM Synth Of the 100-odd movies Stiller made in 04, this was the worst. 2 stars
2/21/05 Dan Funny 4 stars
1/17/05 Landshark "potty polly loofah" is the newest endorsement by Bill O'Reilly, my sources tell me ;) 2 stars
11/10/04 Misti Bathroom humor has been done so many times it's not even close to funny anymore. 3 stars
10/07/04 Daveman Always fast and loud, never funny. 1 stars
9/10/04 Franco absolutely fantastic Hank Azaria. His french english became a legend among my friends. 5 stars
8/08/04 Kelly My cousin is the director/writer of this movie...its a great movie... 5 stars
7/23/04 Jannet Kwan Ben Stiller was more funnier in Meet The Parents. 3 stars
6/14/04 max this movie was a hit, it kept me laughing from the begining till the end of the movie. 5 stars
4/23/04 Iris Dementia Praecox Soo predictable! Better had Reuben fared fine at same resturant but Polly got the shits bad 3 stars
4/19/04 Roxanne (please delete previous if you delete one) Sharting IS funny, but couldn't've made this awesome unless title dingbat Polly had sharted 3 stars
4/17/04 Roxanne Sharting IS funny, but couldn't've made this awesome unless title dingbat Polly had sha 3 stars
4/17/04 Robyn Jamil-Walid Gee yosharto, really like sharting? Even so there ain't enough of it to make this awesome!. 3 stars
4/06/04 yosharto the sharting was the best part of this movie! 5 stars
4/04/04 Jacqui O'Day If Polly is really such a "free spirit", she should be the one most inclined to shart! 3 stars
4/03/04 Millie Maelstrom Too bad Philip Seymour Hoffman is becoming typecast for constipation, sharting, etc. 3 stars
4/03/04 Marilyn Westbury I couldn't find either Lisa or Polly very likeable. Could've had ~ as much fun sharting. 3 stars
3/26/04 rojo Couple of laughs. 3 stars
3/24/04 Ingo Nicely "farrellyish", but not convincing... 3 stars
3/19/04 Tam Pretty funny and a good first vehicle for two sitcom stars (Aniston & Messing). 4 stars
3/17/04 Chris I like it but wasn't thrill with it. Funny but not enough to shell out $8 but a good rental 3 stars
3/14/04 E-Rock Best Actor - Rudolpho the Ferret. Otherwise, another Stiller Stinker... 2 stars
3/08/04 S.F. Watchable. 3 stars
2/18/04 Bulwinkl Expected it to be funnier. 3 stars
2/18/04 Erika I did not like "Along Came Polly." It was cliche, obnoxious and boring. 1 stars
2/13/04 viewer B Charming and Funny beyond the farts 5 stars
2/12/04 Serena It was ok 3 stars
2/11/04 Kevin Le Bouthillier Jennifer Aniston need to break away from hey Rachel Green acting. Ben is good. 4 stars
2/09/04 Neal Robinson Along came Polly is a funny movie. Nice light-hearted comedy that I greatly enjoyed. 5 stars
2/04/04 Chad Foster Awesome 5 stars
1/28/04 Anna Cooper I like it 4 stars
1/28/04 Travis great cast,some funny humor, a movie young or old could find interesting 5 stars
1/26/04 moviedude disgusting and vomit-inducing, but good supporting cast 2 stars
1/26/04 payvand I saw it at an Mtv MovieHouse screening (thank god I didn't pay) I think I laughed twice? 2 stars
1/26/04 orpy if you like farts this is for you! 3 stars
1/25/04 Nikita This Film is bad,cliched,humour not that memorable 1 stars
1/24/04 bender It's not supposed to be groundbreaking or extremely innovative. It IS funny enough though. 4 stars
1/24/04 Dan I'd rather watch this than, say, Torque 4 stars
1/24/04 Elena Ben Stiller in the same role he always plays. An unfunny dork with an exciting girl. 1 stars
1/21/04 Betty White Silly, gross-out comedy w/ Aniston wasted in a rather frivilous role. 1 stars
1/20/04 Desperado Not bad, predictable, but nontheless made me laugh 4 stars
1/18/04 Jimmy Connors Worth A Look 4 stars
1/18/04 bullit16 Nothing that hasn't been done before. Still, I laughed a lot 4 stars
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  16-Jan-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 08-Jun-2004



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