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Along Came Polly (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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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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No. Much on the contrary. The movie is contrieved. Also, it's so short (83 minutes), that it's clear that everybody involved simply did not know what to do with the material on hands, so they tought "let's finish it as soon as possible"!
I can imagine Aniston holding his laugh in the scene in the boat featuring the list from the "Riskmaster", a textbook copy from FRIENDS second season episode "The One With The List". Also, I'd like to know how a single woman living on waitress wages can travel around the country (or around the whole world, according to the movie) so easily...Maybe the movie did not show it, but their parents give her some money...
The movie is not a complete waste, because the people on the project are seasoned professionals. Hank Azaria gives a funny performance, the same holding valid for Alec Baldwin. You'll not feel that you're watching a turkey. You'll even have a silly smile on your lips sometimes. But this is not a great movie at all.
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.
However, I have to say I was very much disappointed. I couldn't put my finger on why I disliked the movie so much until the next day. It came to this main issue: Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller have absolutely NO on-screen charisma. None whatsoever. I hate to say it, but it seemed to be Jennifer's fault, because Ben Stiller DID come across somewhat convincingly in his role. The two of them together though had about as much charisma as two bumps on a log. Yes, it was that bad.
A quick rundown of the plot: Ben Stiller plays Reuben Feffer, a man with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a job in Risk Assessment, and a stable plan for his life and future. He had just gotten married to the woman of his dreams when the first bomb drops - his wife dumps him for the nudist scuba diver instructor. Reuben makes his way home with his tail between his legs and goes about his life amongst the whispers and constant pitying comments of his coworkers, family and friends. Then he meets Polly (Jennifer Aniston), a girl he knew back in school. Of course, you guessed it - Reuben decides he might be able to try his hand at love again. Except everything seems to go wrong. Polly is a totally unusual, hates-to-commit and laid back woman, while Reuben is a conservative, high-stress type of guy that doesn't take any uncalculated risks. Will they be able to make it as a couple?Read more ›
Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. When he marries Lisa (Debra Messing), he thinks he has a sure thing. But on the first day of their honeymoon she falls for a scuba instructor, and he returns home alone to an apartment filled with unopened wedding gifts.
He runs into Polly (Jennifer Anniston), a childhood friend, and he asks her out. Can a guy who spends eight minutes a day just putting away and taking out the decorative throw pillows for his bed find happiness with a non-planner, a risk-taker, an exotic-food-lover, and a key-loser?
More important, how many excrutiatingly embarrassing moments will we have to share with Reuben before we find out?
Oh yes, there are many, many (...)" moments ahead. Reuben's face collides with a hairy, sweaty torso. Polly drops a candy bar on the street, picks it up, plucks off a hair, and eats it. A man still standing at a urinal wipes his hand on Reuben's ear. On a first date, while trying to make a good impression, Reuben floods Polly's toilet by using her grandmother's embroidered hand-towel as toilet paper. Reuben is constantly struggling to hold in various bodily functions, from controlling his irritable bowel syndrome when he eats ethnic food to maintaining his sexual stamina when he becomes overexcited the first time he and Polly make love. And Polly's almost-blind ferret keeps slamming into walls. If all of this strikes you as funny, then you probably don't get out much and then this may be the movie for you when you do.Read more ›
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No issues at all. Exactly as expected. Wasn't aware it was a British import but since Universal's blu rays are region free, it works fine in North America.Published 18 months ago by rob Hanson
Ben Stiller goes on a honeymoon with his wife (Debra Messing) to be shocked that she hooks up with a French scuba diver. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2013 by Moe Hosny
Hi, I thought I bought the movie Marley and me. So i was very disappointed when i received my order. Anyway it's not a bad film, it's funny and entertaining.Published on Sept. 23 2009 by S. Noel
this is one terrific little movie.it's a romantic comedy starring Ben
stiller and Jeniffer Aniston.in this case,though,the emphasis is more
on comedy than romance. Read more
This movie pretty much follows the same pattern as "There Is Something about Mary". We've seen it before and we've seen it much better. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Dick H
This movie was a complete waste of my time. There were some funny scenes but I never bought Polly being attracted to Reuben. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
Along came Polly is a classic funny film 2 B seen over and over again I laughed about the whole way through my favorite line had to be his friend's "I sharted"Published on July 16 2004 by David Lew Cooper