Along Came Polly

  • 12
  • John Hamburg (2004)
  • US
  • 86 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The problem with this film from Meet the Parents co-writer John Hamburg is that it doesn't know what kind of comedy it wants to be. Predominantly, it's an agreeable romantic comedy, derivative yet cute, with Ben Stiller playing an overly cautious risk assessor who falls for wild former school pal Jennifer Aniston after his new wife cheats on him during their honeymoon. Stiller and Aniston's performances are reassuringly familiar, demonstrating a comfortable chemistry that's enjoyable to watch. However, getting gentle amusement from the foibles of modern romance is evidently insufficient for Hamburg, who insists on throwing in incongruous gross-out humour that would make even the Farrelly brothers wince. Such attempts to widen the movie's appeal give it an entirely uneven tone, and turn the usually brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman into a nausea-inducing horror as Stiller's vulgar best friend. Ultimately, it's the characters' pratfalls and behavioural idiosyncrasies that provide the loudest laughs - better dialogue could have worked wonders here.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. Insurance company risk assessor Reuben Feffer's apparently perfect life takes a nose-dive when his new wife cheats on him during their honeymoon. Broken-hearted, he meets up with old school friend Polly Prince and romance ensues. But Polly's blasé attitude to life causes problems for overly cautious Reuben.

Cast and crew

Cast

Reuben Feffer
Ben Stiller
Polly Prince
Jennifer Aniston
Sandy Lyle
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Lisa Kramer
Debra Messing
Claude
Hank Azaria
Leland Van Lew
Bryan Brown
Stan Indursky
Alec Baldwin
Javier
Jsu Garcia
Vivian Feffer
Michele Lee
Irving Feffer
Bob Dishy

Crew

Director
John Hamburg

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Edited for language, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Feb 2004
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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