Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly

3.5 16
Director: John Hamburg

Cast: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman

     
 

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John Hamburg's romantic comedy Along Came Polly makes its debut on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a commentary trackSee more details below

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John Hamburg's romantic comedy Along Came Polly makes its debut on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hamburg. He delivers numerous compliments to the various cast members, and often discusses how purposefully he attempted to play the scenes against each other in order to maximize their emotional and comedic power. Deleted scenes, bloopers, and a cute featurette on Rodolfo, the blind ferret in the film, round out this quality release from Universal.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The inspired teaming of Ben Stiller with Jennifer Aniston makes this formulaic romantic comedy a whole lot better than it has any right to be -- in fact, it's the primary reason for the film's success. Stiller once again plays a hapless, neurotic Everyman; this time it's Reuben Feffer, a tightly wound insurance adjustor who specializes in risk assessment. After spending his entire adult life avoiding risk, Reuben decides to throw caution to the winds after being cuckolded on his honeymoon. A chance meeting with former classmate Polly Parker (Aniston), a kooky iconoclast whose life is as unstructured as Reuben's is regimented, results in an unlikely but hilarious courtship. The laughs come via his gradual, reluctant acceptance of her spontaneous lifestyle and devil-may-care attitude. John Hamburg, who previously directed Stiller in Zoolander and Meet the Parents, knows exactly how to handle his star and milk comedic situations for all they're worth. Comedy grounded in bodily functions dominates -- Reuben's irritable bowel syndrome makes his excursions to Polly's favorite ethnic restaurants the dietary equivalent of kamikaze missions -- but Hamburg knows how to rein Stiller in before his character's eccentricities become too off-putting. Aniston is ideally cast as the free-spirited Polly, and the supporting characters are top-notch, too. Philip Seymour Hoffman is hilarious as Reuben's best friend, a slovenly former child star whose comeback attempts seem doomed to failure. Alec Baldwin creates a memorable impression in his limited screen time as Feffer's boorish boss; Debra Messing is properly perky as the unfaithful bride; and Hank Azaria steals the few brief scenes in which he plays a French scuba instructor. Although it's not the most tasteful comedy you'll ever see, Along Came Polly remains extremely endearing: It reinforces Stiller's star status and suggests that Aniston's big-screen career may someday overshadow her work on Friends.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
John Hamburg had previously worked on the screenplays for Zoolander and Meet the Parents before this film, proving that he had the ability to shape material for Ben Stiller. With Along Came Polly, Hamburg graduates to the director's chair as well, and his inexperience behind the camera is noticeable. Although he takes his time and carefully establishes the failed marriage that opens the movie, the body of the film lacks continuity. There are bits of business that seem like they will payoff later but never do, and the scenes fluctuate wildly in their pacing. Although the film fails to work as a whole, there are moments that generate real laughter. Philip Seymour Hoffman uses his potent physicality to get laughs out of both an introductory pratfall and a handful of basketball scenes. In his too few scenes, Alec Baldwin finds the perfect tone as Stiller's boss, combining authority, unctuousness, insincerity, and affection in equal measure. Stiller himself is very comfortable playing this type of character -- for him it is the equivalent of an old pair of sneakers. He's fine, but he does nothing new. Jennifer Aniston could have been interesting, but aside from goading Stiller's character into coming out of his shell, she has almost nothing to play. The film glosses over her emotional issues in order to focus on Stiller's gastrointestinal issues. Along Came Polly lacks inspiration, but for all its faults, it does give the supporting performers enough room to make it better than it could have been.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
UPC:
0025192384325
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
26,431

Special Features

"Rodolfo Goes to Hollywood": The feisty ferret gets a fabulous makeover and attends his first Hollywood premiere; Cutting Room Floor: Exclusive deleted scenes ; Do Overs: Outtakes, goof-ups, and other moviemakng bloopers; "Making the Movie": Behind-the-scenes featurette; The Inside Scoop: Movie commentary from director John Hamburg

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Reuben Feffer
Jennifer Aniston Polly Prince
Philip Seymour Hoffman Sandy Lyle
Debra Messing Lisa Kramer
Alec Baldwin Stan Indursky
Hank Azaria Claude
Bryan Brown Leland Van Lew
Jsu Garcia Javier
Michele Lee Vivian Feffer
Bob Dishy Irving Feffer
Nathan Dean Mitch
Mitch Silpa J.C. Superstar Director
Suzanne Whang Actor
Missi Pyle Roxanne
Christine Barger Mary Magdalene
James DuMont Larry
Amy Hohn Cheryl
Masi Oka Wonsuk
Jeffrey Ross Actor

Technical Credits
John Hamburg Director,Screenwriter
Anne Fletcher Choreography
Illusion Arts Special Effects
Jane Bartelme Executive Producer
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Danny DeVito Producer
Don Diers Set Decoration/Design
Cindy Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
William Kerr Editor
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Dan Levine Executive Producer
Seamus Mcgarvey Cinematographer
Nick Moore Editor
Geoffrey Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Saisselin Set Decoration/Design
Michael Shamberg Producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Stacey Sher Producer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Martin Whist Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Along Came Polly [WS]
1. Main Titles [1:47]
2. Reuben's Marriage [4:41]
3. Claude [5:13]
4. Home Alone [6:58]
5. Polly [3:15]
6. Basketball [2:37]
7. A Date [9:19]
8. Rodolfo [2:49]
9. Mr. Van Lew [2:02]
10. Reuben's Parents [2:49]
11. Salsa [3:51]
12. The Spank [3:12]
13. Pillow Talk [2:16]
14. Dirty Dancing [8:21]
15. Lisa's Surprise [5:40]
16. Sailing a Storm [5:48]
17. Sandy Superstar [9:19]
18. Reuben and Rodolfo [2:47]
19. Back to St. Barts [1:59]
20. End Titles [5:22]

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