Along Came Polly (2004)

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

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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:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Written By:
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Cast

Ben Stiller
as Reuben Feffer
Jennifer Aniston
as Polly Prince
Debra Messing
as Lisa Kramer
Alec Baldwin
as Stan Indursky
Hank Azaria
as Claude
Bryan Brown
as Leland Van Lew
Jsu Garcia
as Javier
Michelle Lee
as Vivian Feffer
Michele Lee
as Vivian Feffer
Bob Dishy
as Irving Feffer
Missi Pyle
as Roxanne
Masi Oka
as Wonsuk
Amy Hohn
as Cheryl
Nathan Dean
as Mitch
Cheryl Hines
as Catering Manager
Caroline Aaron
as Wedding Coordinator
Christina Kirk
as Party Hostess
Todd Stashwick
as Security Officer
Robb Skyler
as Basketball Player
Eddie Conna
as Basketball Player
Bruce Nozick
as Executive Chef
Mark Adair-Rios
as Cake Decorator
Michael Shamberg
as Van Lew Executive
Nick Jameson
as Van Lew Executive
Richard Willgrubs
as AFLAC Executive
Richard Assad
as Indian Waiter
Ronald Hunter
as Peanut Vendor
David Baron
as Rabbi
Nicholas Benevento
as Wedding Photographer
Jeffrey Ross
as Wedding Band Leader
Mitch Silpa
as J.C. Superstar Director
Robert M. Koch
as Partygoer
Mark Ramos Nishita
as Salsa Band Leader
Carmit Bachar
as Salsa Dancer
Marco De La Cruz
as Salsa Dancer
Alison Faulk
as Salsa Dancer
Tomasina Parrott
as Salsa Dancer
Gustavo Vargas
as Salsa Dancer
Allen Walls
as Salsa Dancer
Rudy Zalez
as Salsa Dancer
Paul Blazeak
as Salsa Band Member
Richard Barron
as Salsa Band Member
George Balmaseda
as Salsa Band Member
Leslie Drayton
as Salsa Band Member
José Espinosa
as Salsa Band Member
Walter Miranda
as Salsa Band Member
Alfredo Ortiz
as Salsa Band Member
Phillip Ranelin
as Salsa Band Member
Michael Wong
as Salsa Band Member
Adrienne Ash
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Christine Barger
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Toni Blair
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Eugenia Care
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Mari Endo
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Mike Fujimoto
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Gustavo Hernández
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Monique Jongs
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Anjulie Marriott
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Jeffrey Sherrard
as J.C. Superstar Singer
Ryan Cross
as J.C. Superstar Band Member
Scott Anthony King
as J.C. Superstar Band Member
Vernon Neilly
as J.C. Superstar Band Member
Stu Silverstein
as J.C. Superstar Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Along Came Polly

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (39)

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Like the rest of today's alleged comedies that are never funny, this one pretends to be hip, but lacks every semblance of intelligence and depends on the basest common instincts in the kindergarten I.Q. for laughs.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 17, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A movie where love means diarrhea.

Full Review… | January 17, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

One of those films that celebrate spontaneity and risk-taking yet are so formulaic and un-risky that they strangle their own message.

January 17, 2004
Slate
Top Critic

I ... laughed myself sick.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Kevin M. Williams
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. 

Melvin White
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.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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