Something about When Harry Met the Parents
Along Came Polly
Review by Ross Anthony

During the first ten minutes or so... I so wanted to not like this film. Why? It's trying to be "When Harry met Sally" or "Something about Mary." It's a Ben Stiller acting like Ben Stiller from any other film. Redundancy. And then there's the agitated main character getting into a car and accidentally reversing it through a fence (usually a sure sign of a bad movie).

But, between the derivative stuff, overused bathroom humor, and cheap sight gags, there's just a lot of funny film. Stiller, though showing off nothing new, is still very good at being the uptight underdog that somehow manages to keep plowing through the crap that gets dumped on him. And Aniston, though bringing much of Rachel with her, is fantastic --light, believable, fun, faulted, sincere. I wasn't keen on the pseudo Jack Black, Hoffman character; but Alec Baldwin delivers big humor in his short screen time. He's also fantastic in "Cat in the Hat."

The dialogue and editing is snappy, fun and constant. The emotional arc and climax aren't as dynamic as they could have been, but still -- there is never a dull moment. Simply, a funny night with a movie.

  • Along Came Polly. Copyright © 2004.
  • Starring Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Brown, Jsu Garcia, Michele Lee, Bob Dishy, Hank Azaria.
  • Writer-director: John Hamburg.
  • Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher at Universal/Jersey. (c) 2004. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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