Along Came Polly
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Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) is irresistible as a free-spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an uproarious attempt to change his life from middle-of-the-road to totally-out-there! Along Came Polly is the most hilarious comedy smash to come along in years!
Opposites are forced to attract in Along 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 hits Meet the Parents and Zoolander) is determined to give them at least the appearance of 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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But something is emerging here. For generations the consensus view both in hollywood and on mainstreet was that either true attraction is impossible between the together man and the wild girl, or the gulf too wide to bridge even if it happens. The surprise is that in the final half hour of this movie, the implausible shortcuts disppear and the characters' motivations finally come through. You realize it was plausible all along. It might be plausible for others. It might be plausible for you. At any rate, it will be easier to consider embracing "the Polly effect" because someone, somewhere took it seriously enough to spend big bucks and hire an all star cast, and a lot of people went to see this movie.
I realize that as I've moved through life, I don't take those "relationship stopping comments" as seriously anymore either, sometimes laugh at them, and so does everyone else. This movie just projects the trend out a little farther. And if even a few wild girls find they can like a guy other than a dirtbag loser, and even a few insurance analysts or rocket scientists find they really do have better life odds with an unstructured Polly than their usual morally conflicted too-perfect dames, We just might reverse 2000 years of cultural backsliding on relationships.
After all, Aphrodite the goddess of love was in ancient times married to Hephaestus, who if he were a modern deity we'd call something like the god of engineers and analysts. According to this movie, it can still happen.
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Hot Toasty Rag, June 11, 2017
Along Came Polly is a pretty cute movie that’s very funny, and best watched with a mostly vacant mind.Read more
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