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Along Came Polly

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2004
  • John Hamburg
  • 86 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Reuben FefferBen Stiller
Polly PrinceJennifer Aniston
Sandy LylePhilip Seymour Hoffman
Lisa KramerDebra Messing
ClaudeHank Azaria
Leland Van LewBryan Brown
Stan IndurskyAlec Baldwin
JavierJsu Garcia
Vivian FefferMichele Lee
Irving FefferBob Dishy

Crew

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DirectorJohn Hamburg

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2004-02-27
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Edited for language and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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