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   ALONG CAME POLLY (2004) 

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CAST
Ben Stiller
Jennifer Aniston
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Debra Messing
Alec Baldwin
Hank Azaria
Bryan Brown

DIRECTED BY
John Hamburg

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DVD




Time: 90 mins.
Rating: PG-13
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Genre: Romantic Comedy


SYNOPSIS: Stiller plays Rueben, an uptight, risk assessment agent, whose wife (Messing) deserts him on their honeymoon for a more adventurous scuba guide (Azaria). When he meets Polly (Aniston), an old high school classmate, he falls head over heels for her outgoing and eccentric ways despite the embarrassment and discomfort they cause him.

BOTTOM LINE: It's films like this that often make we wonder what the talent was thinking when they accepted the gig. Sure, everybody needs to work, but ALONG CAME POLLY is not half as romantic or funny enough for the likes of Stiller and Aniston. It's a mediocre story made watchable due to their chemistry and likability. The face of Stiller's true love may have changed, but the comic antics are just more of the same silliness and toilet humor that one expects from his films.

The script appeared to be written by a committee with Mad Libs: same old opposites-attract, boy-meets-girl tale with the weirdest quirks and most uncomfortable situations they could think of plugged into the plot all in an effort to help both characters learn to appreciate who they really are and find someone who really loves them. While some of the situations are quite amusing, others like the blind ferret and Reuben's bathroom troubles made me cringe rather than laugh. Is diarrhea ever truly something to joke about? Believe me if this happened to you in real life, you would not find it remotely hilarious

If this script is the best the writer's could do, clearly they weren't trying very hard. Why does dumb have to equal funny? As usual, Philip Seymour Hoffman provides some of the film's best moments as Reuben's cynical and obnoxious best friend. Without him, this flick would be truly painful. POLLY isn't the worst film Stiller or Aniston have ever made, but I just wanted more cleverness and quallity from this comically gifted duo.



"Since we have been together I have felt more uncomfortable, out of place, embarassed, and just physically sick then I have in my entire life."

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