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More goofy, bumbling slapstick - typical Ben Stiller 'fare'
Along Came Polly (DVD)
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Along Came Polly (DVD)
Advantages: Not too long, some fairly amusing scenes
Disadvantages: Nothing new *at all*/unoriginal
- Story -
Reuben Feffer is distraught after his wife is found cheating on him on their honeymoon and so he heads back home to attempt to start over again. When he's out one night with one of his best friends, he runs into an old friend from school, by the name of Polly Prince and he finds himself quite attracted to her, so he asks her out on a date. However, Reuben works in the insurance business and is careful to plan out almost everything he does in life, to minimise risks wherever possible, whereas Polly is alot more adventurous and rebellious - surely they can't be compatible, can they?.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
Most of what I said in my 'Meet The Fockers' review applies here too. This is another movie where Ben Stiller plays the bumbling fool, a regular (if not rather boring) guy just wanting to get things right that keeps having to try and manage daft situations he ends up in, often badly, with some consequences that are, to me, fairly amusing. If your familiar with movies such as There's Something About Mary and the Meet The Parents movies then you'll have a rough idea what to expect as far as the comedy is concerned and the types of characters present (a regular if not boring guy and the rebellious, zany gal). I didn't feel that either of the two main cast members, Stiller or Aniston, were particularly great in their roles, neither did they break any new ground here, its basically what I'd call a 'safe bet' - the cast names attracting the audience more than anything else, I reckon.
The story is alright and there are a few scenes that made me cringe, one involving a leaking toilet being the main one to spring to mind - I'd imagine teenage boys would find that quite funny, though I can't say I laughed out loud at any point in this movie as such, it made me smile once or twice and others may find it funnier than me. It probably is intended for a younger audience, it has a 12 rating and so I reckon teenagers and young adults may enjoy this, depending on what your sense of humour is but I feel that really its nothing special - I can't think of much to say about it really, its another of these sorts of movies for Stiller, a real 'safe bet' type movie for him that doesn't offer alot to the audience.
By way of comparison, another movie that didn't star Stiller but that came to mind as being similar comedy wise and suchlike is 50 First Dates, so young-ish fans of that movie may enjoy this too but overall I'd say that there are better, funnier movies starring Ben Stiller, that are around. I would go into a bit more detail if it were necessary but to be totally honest, it'd probably end up seeming like alot of padding and I can't think of whats worth mentioning. I suppose in its favour I did catch it on TV and also it isn't one of those mind numbing movies with a long winding story that goes on and on for over two hours and ends up with an ending that confuses or doesn't answer anything (I hate those), its pretty short at 1 hour 30 minutes and there are a few scenes that may make you laugh - it isn't really boring as such, its just very run of the mill and I feel that he's starred in/made better movies overall, so I'd overlook this one, personally. I think some people may find it amusing and I didn't find myself feeling so bored I wanted to channel hop, so it could be worse, hence I'm giving it a 3 star rating overall but, as below, I wouldn't specifically recommend it.
- Would I Recommend It? -
This is slap bang in the 'ok - worth a quick watch if there's nothing else on TV' type category but no more and no less. If your looking for something to really make you laugh, I wouldn't overly recommend it as I know there are funnier movies starring Ben Stiller, so I don't recommend it. I wouldn't say it isn't at all amusing, its just not worth recommending over other titles, in my personal opinion.
Thanks for all rates and comments, I hope you found this review useful.
Summary: Another run of the mill slapstick Ben Stiller comedy