18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This movie fits the mold of a romantic comedy perfectly. Stiller does well and has some hilarious moments. Jennifer Anniston supports his purpose and does well on her own, also.
For me, the standout role was played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. From the equivocal sex and relationship advice he gives to Stiller's character - to his commentary on the basketball court (screaming out "Let It Rain", "Iceman" and "Raindrops" while his gut comes flying out of his shirt, for example), he is hilarious. Hoffman also gets to speak the most memorable line of the movie when he tells Stiller's character that he just sharted and that it is indeed time to leave the party.
I recommend this movie if you're a fan of most Ben Stiller movies. It's a movie that will remind you of a dozen other romantic comedies, but it is worth the viewing.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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If one is a fan of Ben Siller and one enjoyed him in the films, "Zoolander", "Meet the Parents" and "Something About Mary", then one will enjoy this light, fun filled comedy that does not take itself too seriously. It revolves around insurance risk-assessment analyst, Reuben Feffer (Ben Siller), who marries the woman of his dreams, Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing), only to lose her on their honeymoon, when she betrays him with the very buff Claude (Hank Azaria), the scuba diving instructor with a seriously deranged French accent.
Returning home from the honeymoon, alone and forlorn, he runs into an old childhood friend of his, Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), who has gone from being a math geek to being a totally free spirit. They begin dating, even though they appear to be total opposites. Let the games begin! There are a lot of jokes in the film, often scatological, and sight gags. The path of true love certainly does not seem to run smoothly when one is plagued with irritable bowel syndrome and one's girl-friend is fond of hot, spicy food.
Ben Siller is funny in a hapless, hang dog sort of way. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as his best friend, Sandy Lyle, also adds to the humor, lowbrow though it be. Hank Azaria is very buff and over the top in the role of the sexy, scuba diving Frenchman, Claude, with the laughable accent. Jennifer Aniston is a terrific in the role of Polly, a total natural, playing it straight and always charming. The rest of the stellar supporting cast, Alec Baldwin, Debra Messing, Bryan Brown, Michelle Lee, and Bob Dishy, all contribute to the success of this comedic effort by writer-director Jerry Hamburg.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
I caught this film while channel surfing after I'd finished "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" on Pay Per View. After watching a few minutes I thought, these are the same characters.
If Uma Thurman's G-girl didn't have any powers in "Ex-Girlfriend" she'd be a lot like Jennifer Aniston's ferret-loving Polly Prince. Ben Stiller plays a risk assessor for an insurance agency who's just as dorky and introverted as Luke Wilson's "Super Ex" architect. And instead of Rainn Wilson ("The Office") as the boorish best friend dishing out bad relationship advice, "Polly" has Philip Seymore Hoffman ("Capote") as a washed-up child-star slob, egging Stiller to slap Aniston's rear during sex and ask "Who's your daddy?" It's this exchange that sets up the film's conflict: Aniston, repulsed by the comment, boots him out of her apartment. Stiller then has to learn to see Polly through his own eyes and prove his love before he loses her in the third act.
"Along Came Polly" is as safe, generic and cut-and-paste as a romantic comedy can be. Surprising, since director/screenwriter John Hamburg provided plenty of laughs in "Meet the Parents," and "Zoolander" was at least somewhat original, if a little stinky. That's not to say "Polly" isn't beyond repair: there are several amusing sight gags involving Aniston's blind ferret and Stiller's indigestion; Aniston and her salsa instructor give Stiller several opportunities to make light of his inadequacies (something he's a master at). Bryan Brown ("FX") is entertaining as Stiller's potential insuree, an Austrailian millionaire who also happens to be an extreme sports enthusiast. And Hoffman gave me a lot of laughs when he tried to be the lead instead of Judas in the Hell's Kitchen community theater version of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
So, "Along Came Polly" is worth a shot if you catch it on TV, but ultimately forgettable. Actually, the soundtrack is better than the movie, though it's still nothing to swoon over.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2004
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This film had a certain humanity which surprised me. The script was a bit tired, and it is consistently amusing without ever verging on hilarious, but all of the characters (especially a mad Austrailian hedonist businessman) are somehow more relatable than your average romantic comedy cast. It may have something to do with the way that the characters in, say, American Pie or There's Something About Mary suffer so horribly, often because of their own stupidity - which there is some of in this movie, but on the whole they seem more like real people. That is not the stuff of first-class comedy, and Along Came Polly never approaches the class of American Pie or There's Something, but it does have a certain redeeming value because of this that makes it watchable. Never has Ben Stiller's usual hapless character actually seemed so pitiable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2004
Curiously, in 'Along Came Polly' the most unfunny characters are the stars Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. They are likable, and even charming in their own ways, but the good supports -- Bryan Brown, Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymore Hoffman, and Hank Azaria -- are doing much better jobs here.
Still 'Along Came Polly' is no doubt a Ben Stiller film; a hapless guy in a ridiculous situation makes it more ridiculous by misjudge and ill-luck. Ben is a risk assessment analyst, who has married a perfect wife Debra Messing. Of course, things cannot be perfect, for he finds that she is not actually what she looks while on honeymoon.
Back in town, Ben meets Polly (Jennifer Aniston) who was one of his junior high school friends. Unlike Ben Stiller's character, she likes taking risks, unpredictable things, and ethnic dishes (that, as you know, will give several chances for Ben to show some gross-out gags). Can these opposites be in love with each other in spite of their utter differences?
The answer is no surprise (that's OK), but the process to it is no better than that, lacking the chemistry between them. The problem is that for all the charms coming from Aniston, the romance does not look like real at all. The gags sit uncomfortably beside the romantic story, and the sub-plot about the risk assessment about Bryan Brown's character (who looks like the head of Virgin Records) does not work.
I can tell you there are some very funny moments in it -- many thanks to a lovely ferret -- but when an animal steals the show, it is usually a bad sign for humans, at least for Ben and Jennifer. Still Hoffman's ex-child actor, Azaria's 'French' scuba diving instructer, and Baldwin's boss (and his delightful rudeness) is worth watching.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2005
The story is about a man named Reuben Feffer, who works in the Insurance business, who just got married to a woman named Lisa. When they go on their honeymoon, she cheats on him with Scuba instructor (i guess that's what he is). He goes back and runs into an old friend Polly Prince, who lives an extremely different life then him but he feels that the relationship, with himself and Polly would work.
This movie only good because of its supporting cast, i am not a big fan of Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in this film, because it is a weak story between the two of them. It also feels like Ben Stiller is playing an alternate version of his character Greg Focker in Meet The Parents, which weakens his character. Philip Seymour Hoffman is hilarious in this film, the basketball games, his wild antics just make his character the real star of the film. Alec Baldwin is also a minor role that is also great, the bathroom scene with him and Ben is extremely funny. Last but not least, Bryan Brown, who has one great scene after another, i loved him jumping off the building, that was classic. There really isn't much after that because the script is very weak on plot, and on original story.
Overall a 3 out 5, the reason why i gave it a 7 is because the comedy from the actors i mentioned above, made this movie extremely funny and even though it does have its flaws, the comedy those actors bring make worth while.
As far as DVD extras are concerned, they are extremely good. There is a blooper reel, Commentary for the whole movie, and a short making of the movie. The extras are very good, i give the extras a 4 out 5. I love the Commentary, i think Commentary makes even the worst movie look good, because it is always interesting to hear how certain scenes are made and other unknown things that people might not know.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2005
Over the past decade, Ben Stiller has displayed a propensity for producing blockbuster comedies, and Along Came Polly is a fun and enjoyable comedy. Although not on the hilarity level of There's Something About Mary, Meet The Parents, or Zoolander - Along Came Polly is nonetheless a funny film (and it's certainly better than the horrid Duplex fiasco with Drew Barrymore). Ben Stiller again plays the role of the nice guy, but this time with a neurotic twist. As a result, the audience still likes his character, just perhaps not as much as some of Stiller's previous roles. But with some hilarious comedy sequences and good one-liners, Along Came Polly manages to keep its viewers entertained quite nicely...
Ben Stiller plays the role of Reuben Feffer, an insurance man who avoids risk in every aspect of his life. Measuring everything from the probability of falling through a sidewalk grate to the odds of a piano falling on one's head, he calculates every decision he makes. Following his wedding to Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing), Reuben is devastated when (avoiding the risk of scuba diving), he catches his new bride having an affair with a scuba instructor on their honeymoon. Forced to reevaluate his life, Reuben determines that he needs to take on more risk in his life.
With the help of his friend Sandy, Reuben gets out into the public arena once again, where he runs into former junior high school classmate Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston). Polly is the exact opposite of Reuben in almost every way, and he decides to pursue her so as to have more fun in his life. Everything goes well until Lisa returns hoping to win Reuben back, and Polly discovers that Reuben ran a risk analysis on their relationship, determining that Polly was a good risk to take. Now Reuben must decide what to do with his life...
Jennifer Aniston, in her role as Polly Prince, turns in another great performance as a leading character's girlfriend (Office Space and Bruce Almighty). Playing a character whose attitude, demeanor, and life are the total opposite of Stiller's, the two Hollywood mainstays are able to save an otherwise adequately written screenplay. Some of the more hilarious scenes involve Reuben's has-been actor friend Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who continues to live off of his short-lived fame as "the kid with the bagpipes" in a 1980's movie similar to The Breakfast Club. In one scene, Sandy also "sharts" (a fart that's a little bit more than a fart), forcing Reuben to leave a party prematurely.
Overall, Along Came Polly is a fun and entertaining film that's well worth the time spent. Although Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston have both made better films, it does have its high points. Movie-goers will find this to be a good, light-hearted romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller stealing the show. Because of its headline talent and some good one-liners, Along Came Polly makes the cut as a highly recommended, must-see movie...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
There are to many reviews for mine to ever be read, and whatever score I give it with 165 reviews mine will have no effect. That being said, I have to mention the characters, pace and story. The movie is the standard romantic comedy with a zanny story but the romance is low keyed and in its place is sillyness personified. As with all of Stillers rolles I am always waiting for him to slip into a Jerry Lewis slapstick routine. Jennifer Annistons performance was meant to be weird, and she accomplished it. However, her lack of physical charm and likeability I feel weakened her role and the allure of attracting Stiller. Some would say that Seymour Hoffman's added something. I felt he was just one of the four characters that failed to identify with the audience and made the total of likable characters at zero. The ending was good and did not fall into the stereotypical ending and with a good twist...and that was good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
Writer-director John Hamburg, (writer of ZOOLANDER & MEET THE PARENTS), teams once again with Ben Stiller to make an offbeat character study that is guaranteed to induce helpless laughter.
Reuben, an overanxious insurance risk analyst (Ben Stiller), weighs his every action by assessing pros and cons. He finds himself dumped on his honeymoon by his fickle newlywed wife Lisa (Debra Messing) who runs off having an affair with Jacques, a nudist scuba instructor (Hank Azaria). A few days later, Reuben is back in New York at a pretentious gallery opening, wondering why he's bothering to test the waters so soon, when along comes Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), a quirky, worldly, adventurous soul, whose only flaw appears to be a generalised lack of commitment.
The formerly germ-obsessed, controlling Reuben is transformed by Polly's free spirit, her predilection for spicy food, and her pet ferret. Her love of salsa music dancing makes him jealous and painfully uncomfortable, but his heart is aflame. Hamburg, who began his directorial career with SAFE MEN, has proven himself a reliable producer of charming realism and a brand of comedy comparable to that of the Farrelly brothers.
Editor William Kerr has an extraordinary sense of comic timing, which gives ALONG CAME POLLY's funny factor a boost. Stiller's salsa solo is striking--the actor is actually an amazing dancer. Last but not least, Philip Seymour Hoffman (PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, FLAWLESS) nearly steals the show as Reuben's best friend Sandy Lyle who plays both Jesus and Judas in a community production of GODSPELL.
This comedy/drama also takes me back to memory lane to when my wife and I saw it at the movies when it was theatrically released in the Fall of 2003 and when George Bush, Jr. was president and we had all those budget cuts going on back in the recession we had in 2003-2004 too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Along Came Polly is a romantic comedy written by John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, Zoolander). Ben Stiller plays Reuben Feffers (another odd name for Stiller), an insurance risk analyst who lives life cautiously and safely, often calculating risks and odds associated with relationships and activities. After deciding he has found the woman of his dreams, he marries a girl and they go on their honeymoon. Within the first day, however, events go awry when his wife cheats on him, having an affair with a French scuba instructor (who happens to be a nudist as well). Disillusioned, Feffers begins life anew trying to find a perfect soul mate.
He eventually meets Polly (Jennifer Aniston), who is epitomizes the exact opposite personality as Feffers. She is a free-spirit, doesn't make or keep appointments, lives life spontaneously and in the moment, and doesn't overanalyze anything. Here lies Feffers' dilemma: he wants to live a "risk-free" relationship, but Polly, who has gained his interest, jeopardizes this ideal lifestyle.
Another problem manifests itself when Feffers' cheating wife (I guess they didn't get a divorce) comes back to him pleading for a second chance. From here Stiller wavers back and forth, and most of the plot includes him going out with each and deciding who is best for him.
This could have been less of a movie, but Stiller has an ability to add quirkiness to his characters, humor to moments that may not be otherwise very funny. He personifies the bad-luck individual guy looking for love, and becomes a sympathetic character as a result. His character takes the advice others give him in stride, but ultimately makes his own decisions on love.
Plenty of slapstick humor is in the film; some scenes work, others do not. The "potty" humor was taken a little too far, and the movie could have done fine without much of it. Aniston and Stiller make an otherwise mediocre dialogue funny.
Although this comedy is certainly "far-fetched", it works as a fun romantic comedy. This movie deals with the issue of compatibility and what it takes to find "the one." However, it is light hearted, and doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes it more effective.
3 1/2 stars