Along Came Polly

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Screenwriter John Hamburg directs his second film since his 1998 debut Safe Men with the romantic comedy Along Came Polly. Ben Stiller plays Reuben Feffer, a professional risk assessor who never takes chances in any aspect of his life. When his new bride Lisa Debra Messing leaves him for a European scuba instructor named Claude Hank Azaria, he finally decides to a risk of his own. At a party, he meets free-spirited Polly Prince Jennifer Aniston, whom he remembers from his seventh-grade Model U.N. Unlike the ...
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Screenwriter John Hamburg directs his second film since his 1998 debut Safe Men with the romantic comedy Along Came Polly. Ben Stiller plays Reuben Feffer, a professional risk assessor who never takes chances in any aspect of his life. When his new bride Lisa Debra Messing leaves him for a European scuba instructor named Claude Hank Azaria, he finally decides to a risk of his own. At a party, he meets free-spirited Polly Prince Jennifer Aniston, whom he remembers from his seventh-grade Model U.N. Unlike the control-freak Reuben, she's spent her life living on the edge. They reluctantly begin a romance and Polly introduces him to a new world of spicy food and suggestive dances. Along Came Polly also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Reuben's washed-up best friend Sandy Lyle and Alec Baldwin as the obnoxious insurance company boss Stan Indursky.
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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: 1/3/2010
  • UPC: 025192055102
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Christine Barger Mary Magdalene
Nathan Dean Mitch
James DuMont Larry
Amy Hohn Cheryl
Masi Oka Wonsuk
Missi Pyle Roxanne
Jeffrey Ross
Mitch Silpa J.C. Superstar Director
Suzanne Whang
Technical Credits
John Hamburg Director, Screenwriter
Illusion Arts Special Effects
Jane Barelme Executive Producer
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
Anne Fletcher Choreography
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
William Kerr Editor
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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Menu

Side #1 -- Along Came Polly [WS]
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Original Opening of Along Came Polly With Audio Commentary By Director John Hamburg: On/Off
      Rodolfo Goes Hollywood
      Deleted Scenes With Audio Commentary By Director John Hamburg: On/Off
      Outtakes
      Making of Along Came Polly
      Feature Commentary With Director John Hamburg
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Cast: Ben Stiller
         Cast: Jennifer Aniston
         Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman
         Cast: Debra Messing
         Cast: Hank Azaria
         Cast: Bryan Brown
         Cast: Alec Baldwin
         Filmmakers: Written and Directed By John Hamburg
         Filmmakers: Produced By Danny Devito
         Filmmakers: Produced By Michael Shamburg
         Filmmakers: Produced By Stacey Sher
         Filmmakers: Executive Produced By Jane Bartelme
         Filmmakers: Executive Produced By Dan Levine
      DVD Credits
      Dvd-Rom
   Play
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 DTS
      Spoken Language: Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Feature Commentary With Director John Hamburg
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Waste of time and money. That's what my wife told me and I shou

    Waste of time and money. That's what my wife told me and I shoulda listened to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Time

    Movie is endearing. Ben Stiller's new bride has an affair while on their honeymoon. When Ben Stiller returns home, he eventually meets Jennifer Anniston (Polly) and she is kooky and unconventional. Polly introduces Ben Stiller to things which are uncharacteristic for him, for example salsa dancing and eating spicy Pakistani food...with his hands no less. Ben Stiller has a spastic colon...funny! See this movie it is lighthearted and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    give it a chance

    I love this movie!! Lighthearted and sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stupid

    The movie was retarded! Whoever directed it must have ADD, because the movie jumped around a lot (not that i couldn't follow it, it was just stupid). Plus, the moral seemed to say that it's okay to have an affair. His wife cheated on him, so he's free to do what he wants with another woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MOVIE!!!!!!!

    A very funny movie Jennifer Aniston and Ben stiller are GREAT together!!!!!A must see movie!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    I thought this movie needed better casting, Jen & Ben were great actors, they needed more actors, that people know, it was still pretty funny though!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny!

    Although this movie was not very realistic to me, I thought it was hilarious.The wierd and stupid dialogue of this whole movie like the blind ferret, him being afraid of gers and all that stuff.I think it is something to rent ,but never to buy.

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