Release Date:  January 16, 2004

Rating:  PG-13 (for sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references)

Genre:  Comedy/Romance

Screenwriter/Director:  John Hamburg

Actors:  Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Alec Baldwin, Hank Azaria, Bryan Brown

Review:  I’m confused. Is the director of "Along Came Polly" four years old – or does he think we are? Because that’s the only age group I know of (outside of Hollywood) which thinks potty humor is downright hilarious.

Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a top risk analyst for an insurance firm. Reuben lives his life by the numbers, and he’s found the perfect mate – real estate agent Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing). The only problem is, when Lisa hooks up with a naked French scuba instructor (Hank Azaria, with an overdone accent) on their honeymoon, Ben’s whole world falls apart.

Back home, he meets Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) and is convinced she’s the new “perfect” mate. Polly is sloppy, spontaneous and outgoing – Ben’s complete opposite. She likes spicy food; he has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (a significant detail). She likes the Salsa; he’s afraid to cross the street. But that doesn’t stop Ben and Polly from trying to make it work. Because they’re like, destined, you know, to be together. Whatever!


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Stiller shifted into this brand of comedy with "There's Something About Mary," which has similar humor to "Along Came Polly," only less of it. Which is too bad, because Stiller’s previous film, "Duplex," was cute. Nothing has been quite as good as his first directorial effort, "Reality Bites," which was truly funny – and true – as it showed us the angst and plight of Generation X. "Along Came Polly," on the other hand, doesn’t show us anything but the inside of a bathroom.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman ("Cold Mountain", "The Talented Mr. Ripley") offers a standout performance as Sandy, an actor who hasn’t done any real acting since his teenage hit. As Reuben’s best friend, Sandy is catty and crass with comical diva-like tendencies. Similarly, Aussie Bryan Brown ("The Thorn Birds") makes his first film appearance in ten years as Leland Van Lew, the reckless CEO Reuben needs to insure – before Van Lew kills himself with one of his crazy stunts. The characterization of the Australian male as wild and fearless was very funny and together, Hoffman and Brown save the film from unmitigated disaster. Otherwise, "Along Came Polly" is a wash.