Along Came Polly (2004)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Though the supporting actors are funny, Stiller and Aniston don't make a believable couple, and the gross-out humor is gratuitous.


Movie Info

Risk-averse Reuben Feffer, whose best-laid plans for life and love careen wildly off-track when his bride dumps him on their honeymoon for a muscle-bound scuba instructor. Stunned, humiliated and in the grip of acute indigestion, Reuben plans to play it safer than ever. But a chance adventure with an adventure-craving childhood friend named Polly, shoots him into a whirlwind of extreme sports, spicy foods, ferrets, salsa dancing and living in the moment.

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hamburg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2004
Box Office: $87.9M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Reuben Feffer

as Polly Prince

as Lisa Kramer

as Stan Indursky

as Leland Van Lew

as Javier

as Vivian Feffer

as Vivian Feffer

as Irving Feffer

as Roxanne

as Wonsuk

as Cheryl

as Mitch

as Catering Manager

as Wedding Coordinator

as Party Hostess

as Security Officer

as Basketball Player

as Basketball Player

as Executive Chef

as Cake Decorator

as Van Lew Executive

as Van Lew Executive

as AFLAC Executive

as Indian Waiter

as Peanut Vendor

as Wedding Photographer

as Wedding Band Leader

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as Partygoer

as Salsa Band Leader

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Dancer

as Salsa Band Member

as Salsa Band Member

as Salsa Band Member

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Critic Reviews for Along Came Polly

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (40)

Without the rom-com requisites of charm, chemistry, comedy and character, this doesn't even meet low expectations.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Talented actors in dumb film with gross sex humor.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

For a movie with a theme of living life without deferring to fear of the risks involved, the filmmakers don't take chances in breaking the mold of run-of-the-mill romantic comedies.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

The script just doesn't have enough comic moments to fill its 90-minute running time.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008

The humor of this romantic comedy is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but too often dips into the toilet tank for sprinkles of relief when the love story veers from inspired to moronic.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Between them, young love and bacteria bloom. Between us, bacteria consumes the movie.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Along Came Polly

½

Well meaning but ultimately stilted (and supposedly) comic piece about opposites attracting that sadly fails. Hoffman (unusually cast), Baldwin and Azaria endeavour mightily to shock the dead here in secondary roles but the film's strict adherence to the well worn formula kills any laffs 5 minutes before the punchline arrives. Only for blue, blue days.

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Sandy Lyle: Dude, no. This is serious. I just sharted.

"For the most cautious man on earth, life is about to get interesting."

Along Came Polly was a big surprise for me. With all the negative responses from critics, I thought this would be just another romantic comedy, and it is, but it's also not. It follows the same basic formula and there's the corny speeches and all that, but this is better than the standard romantic comedy. There really is a lot to like about it. From Alec Baldwin playing a gross boss to Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a washed up, but nonetheless arrogant and snide actor, the movie just hits the right notes.

Rueben is on his honeymoon with the woman he plans on spending the rest of his life with, when... she fucks a scuba instructor and tells Rueben she's in love with him. Rueben returns his life and is obviously hurt emotionally; but when he runs into an old middle school classmate, Polly, he decides to ask her out. Rueben and Polly's different lifestyles clash though as Polly is a very easy going and spontaneous person, and Rueben is the very calculated, risk avoiding type.

If there's anything I didn't like about the movie, it was the constant gross out humor. In a movie like, this one time is okay, but John Hamburg went all Farrelly Brother's with it and probably turned a lot of people off too. With that said this is still a good movie. I really liked the style of the film and I thought the writing, for a romantic comedy, was pretty good. It has the same sort of style as Meet the Parents or The Heartbreak Kid, which is where Ben Stiller is very comfortable, and maybe a bit too comfortable. 

All in all, Along Came Polly is worth a look. I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but I like to watch all kinds of movies and Phillip Seymour Hoffman was in it, so that made this one an easy one to try out. It's not a great movie by any stretch, but it's fun and does some new things. 

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Reuben (Ben) is dumped on his honeymoon when his wife runs off with the scuba instructor. He meets a former classmate Polly (Jen) who is very wild and different. Jen is always typecast so it is nice to see her in a more hippy chick role. Ben is so awkward and funny as usual. Very like 'Something about Mary'. Funny movie.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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