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.