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Along Came Polly [DVD] 
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Romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller. Reuben (Stiller) is a risk assessor for an insurance company, and hates taking risks of any kind. But when his new bride runs off with the diving instructor on their honeymoon, he begins to wonder if his risk assessment is so accurate after all. On his return from his disastrous honeymoon, he runs into the beautiful, free-spirited Polly (Aniston), an old acquaintance from junior high, at a party. But is he ready to put his feelings on the line, let himself go and have some fun with her?
Opposites are forced to attract in Along Came Polly. Ben Stiller is a newlywed insurance risk-assessment analyst whose wife (Debra Messing, in a throwaway role) betrays him on their honeymoon. His uptight, play-it-safe lifestyle (which includes acute aversion to germs and irritable bowel syndrome) makes him seemingly incompatible with the spontaneous, free-spirited Polly (Jennifer Aniston), but writer-director John Hamburg (whose writing credits include the previous Stiller hits Meet the Parents and Zoolander) is determined to give them at least the appearance of romantic potential. No such luck. You will, however, get a few laughs from supporting players Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bryan Brown, and Alec Baldwin. The film is a dose of featherweight fluff that could've been better and could've been worse--surely no pairing of Stiller and Aniston can be a complete waste of time, right? Faint praise, perhaps, but fans of these mainstream funny-folk will enjoy this movie as a lazy weekend distraction. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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Jennifer Aniston (the eponymous Polly), it seems, never did. Taking a character remarkably similar to Ross Geller in this particular film is Ben Stiller, although this Ross-live-a-like is called Reuben Feffer. Just like Ross, he's an up-tight geek whose ultimate mistake is using a computer to decide which girl he should go with, thereby (temporarily) losing the girl he loves when she finds the computer. Sound familiar? Yes, it was Friends Season 2 episode 8, "The One with the List". But it's also the turning point of this film. And, just in case you missed the parallels, the story begins with Reuben being dumped by his wife, although she at least has the good sense to come back and try to start things up again. And, yes, the denouement of the film is when Jennifer Aniston is set to leave town, but finally doesn't, after Reuben learns to take risks for her sake.
Oh, and by the way, Reuben's closest friend is an actor, who gives him dating advice. And they also get the rat-in-the-flat joke in.
If you can get over the somewhat forced Friends parallels, this is actually a reasonably fun movie for an undemanding evening's rom-com viewing. The problem is, with Jennifer Aniston staring you in the face, it's actually very hard to miss the parallels, unless you spent the late 90s, early 2000s in some kind of time-bubble which prevented you ever seeing Friends.
You may like to amuse yourself while you watch by spotting that Claude, the scuba-diving instructor who Reuben's wife runs off with at the beginning, is played by Hank Azaria, better known for his numerous characters from The Simpsons, and wondering how Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing the actor Sandy, can be so much like Jack Black without actually being Jack Black. But these are fairly slim pickings in a film which never really lifts itself above the level of a Friends double-bill. Ben Stiller is a great actor, but it's hard not to see David Schwimmer playing the part, rather better.
John Hamburg wrote and directed this film with Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alec Baldwin - a great cast who play their parts convincingly.
I am not going to write much more as, without giving the story away, there is not much mroe to write. It is no classic but it is enjoyable and, for Stiller and Aniston fans, a good purchase. It does have its strenghts.
Since watching it, I have never eaten another peanut on a bar!
Returning home from the honeymoon, alone and forlorn, he runs into an old childhood friend of his, Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), who has gone from being a math geek to being a totally free spirit. They begin dating, even though they appear to be total opposites. Let the games begin! There are a lot of jokes in the film, often scatological, and sight gags. The path of true love certainly does not seem to run smoothly when one is plagued with irritable bowel syndrome and one's girl-friend is fond of hot, spicy food.
Ben Siller is funny in a hapless, hang dog sort of way. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as his best friend, Sandy Lyle, also adds to the humor, lowbrow though it be, Hank Azaria is very buff and over the top in the role of the sexy, scuba-diving Frenchman, Claude, with the laughable accent. Jennifer Aniston is a terrific in the role of Polly, a total natural, playing it straight and always charming. The rest of the stellar supporting cast, Alec Baldwin, Debra Messing, Bryan Brown, Michelle Lee, and Bob Dishy, all contribute to the success of this comedic effort by writer-director Jerry Hamburg.
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