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Reuben Feffer's best-laid plans for life and love careen wildly off track when his bride dumps him on their honeymoon for a muscle-bound scuba instructor. Stunned, humiliated and in the grip of acute indigestion, Reuben plans to play it safer than ever. But a chance encounter with an adventure-craving, childhood friend named Polly shoots him into a whirlwind of extreme sports.
PROFANITY: 10 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: One sex scene; some unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: A violent game of racquetball. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Lots of slapstick and gross-out gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Every truly successful raunchy romantic comedy has at its heart a couple worth rooting for. This one doesn't. It's hard to dismiss the film because it offers enough laughs to compensate for the lukewarm romance, but one can't help wishing the filmmakers had concerned themselves a little more with chemistry and less with biology.
Roger EbertFull Review Average But it doesn't work out that way in Along Came Polly, a movie where a lot of things don't work out, including, alas, the movie itself.
USA TodayFull Review Average The civilized running time and breezy editing between scattershot plot threads keep the attention in a superficial way, and it would be misstating the case to deny that the movie has some chuckles (the kind that don't linger). Trouble is, it isn't just Polly who comes along: Lots of extraneous matter does, too.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 257 moviegoer opinions. About three-quarters of the moviegoers enjoyed the movie very much rating it "Very Good" or higher. The teen and twentysomething groups enjoyed it the most. In all groups there were approximately the same percentage who thought it was at least an OK movie, rating it "Good" and "Fair." There were just a few who didn't care for it.
I would say your chances of enjoying Along Came Polly are quite good, especially if you are a young female.
Reuben Feffer (BEN STILLER) has made a fine life—and a good career—out of playing it safe. The star risk assessor for a leading insurance firm, Reuben is an expert on minimizing danger—nothing ventured, nothing lost.
Polly Prince (JENNIFER ANISTON) plays her life like a game of chance, taking joy from the serendipity that a rolling stone existence brings her. There's always another opportunity—a new job, yet another apartment in another city—should this one not work out. No biggie…next.
So when a chance meeting puts Reuben and Polly at the same party, the recently (and extremely) jilted Reuben decides that for once, chance may just be on his side. Dating Polly might be the answer to getting his life back on track—she's attractive, fresh, funny—and after all, the two knew each other in seventh grade, when they were both delegates in the Model U.N. together. Just how much can a person change?
Well, Polly probably didn't have tattoos in junior high. Or have a penchant for spicy food, steamy salsa dancing or collecting tokens from boyfriends past…like the near-blind ferret she picked up in Italy. And Reuben—his propensity to plan everything in his life may not have been as all-encompassing in middle school, nor his compulsion with living in the middle of the road as pronounced.
But even in the middle of the road, Reuben finds that there are bound to be bumps—like indigestible food, scary children's stories, sight-impaired house pets. Life is risky, and so is love…and with Polly along for the ride, could one expect (or enjoy) anything less?