Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, the king and queen of comedy, in a movie together. The result? Along Came Polly is a wonderful film overflowing with witty dialogue and timely comedic situations.
Reuben (Ben Stiller) gets married to Lisa (Debra Messing). They go on a tropical vacation for their honeymoon. Lisa goes scuba diving while Reuben, being an anxious but very romantic guy, goes to the effort of buying presents and setting up their hotel room for when his wife gets back from her scuba diving experience. Reuben sees the instructor’s boat docked and walks on to pick up his wife — but Lisa has a surprise for him too — and catches her cheating on him with the scuba instructor. She stays with her new love interest and heartbroken Reuben returns home to find everyone — his family, friends, and co-workers — already know about the tragic, abrupt end of his honeymoon. While trying to get his life back together, Reuben runs into an old classmate from high school, Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston). She is everything opposite from him. He worries about safety, hates spicy and foreign food, and detests trying new things. She is a risk taker, lover of spicy and ethnic food, and is all about trying new things. For some reason though, she captures Reuben’s full interest.
Their dates are — as can be imagined — quite hilarious situations. From Reuben sweating profusely at an Indian restaurant, to using her grandmother’s hand cloth to wipe his bum, to him following Polly’s dirty dancing partner backstage to give him a piece of his mind, the film gives Reuben a rough time trying to gain the feelings from Polly he desires. Another witty element is Polly’s pet ferret, who happens to be blind and runs into walls throughout the flick.
Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman shine in this memorable film with jokes that are still told eleven years later (whether you have seen it or not, who hasn’t heard the “sharted” joke?) Along Came Polly is not laugh out loud hilarious, but it is littered with witty dialogue — which might suit this film better.
Whether you don’t usually like comedies, or you like comedies that are but-gusting, Along Came Polly will meet you right in the middle. It isn’t your typical comedy and is rather intelligent, while at the same time dealing good laughs. I say it with confidence when I say this movie is for everyone. Watch it.