Along Came Polly

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references 
Starring:Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Phillip Seymour Hoffman 
Directed By:John Hamburg 

Final Grade: 

I’ve seen lot films. So after a while it isn’t hard to pick out bad acting, bad directing, and just plain old bad ideas. But then, I am a film nerd. Now I know that everyone has their bad days, and I should know I have made my share of mistakes. But the mistakes I have made have never amounted to something as atrocious as Along Came Polly.

In Along Came Polly our main character, Ruben tries to walk the straight and narrow. He doesn’t take risks, and never strays far from the path in front of him. He chooses what he thinks is a safe bet, by marrying a beautiful young woman, who ends up having an affair shortly after their marriage. In an attempt to do something out of the normal, he decides to ask his high school crush, Polly Prince out on a date with him. Polly accepts, but is the most unordinary person in the world and turns Ruben’s life upside down.

The problem with this film is unfortunately the story brings nothing new to the table. We have seen Stiller act like and idiot before, and this is no exception. Ruben is simply an extension of his character he played in Meet the Parents a few years back. I felt as though I was rehashing an old plot line, but having a lot less fun doing it. It’s kind of like watching Analyze That and wishing for Analyze This, or watching Turbulence 3 and wanting to watch the original Turbulence instead. As for Polly (Jennifer Aniston) she is a fun character, but I frankly didn’t care for her. The only really funny parts are when the talented Phillip Seymour Hoffman is on the screen. He steals the screen when he is in a scene.

The major problem with this film is that it suffers from what I call “Martin Lawrence Syndrome.” For those of you not familiar with that syndrome, it is the syndrome where all the funny parts and the entire plot of a film are in your preview. This syndrome was named after Martin Lawrence, because if you watch any preview for a movie he is in, you have seen the “good” parts of the Entire film. Along Came Polly doesn’t star Martin Lawrence, but it does suffer from his syndrome. If it was funny it was in the trailer. The few laughs that are in the film that didn’t make the preview don’t justify the ticket price to check it out.

In the End, Along Came the month of January, and Along Came Polly with it. Hopefully just like a January Snowstorm Along Came Polly won’t stick around and we will have springtime filled with blue skies and much better movies. 

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