My college friend Alex pulled this movie out on NetFlix and we watched it the other day, so thanks for the recommendation bud. Also, I apologize for not writing any movie reviews recently. Life at school has been busy and I’ve not gotten the chance to get a ride to the theater to see the new Riddick movie, so I apologize. I also saw a Jennifer Aniston- Adam Sandler rom-com on Friday entitled Just Go With It. I really wanted to review it for you guys and explain how great of a movie it really is, but I got sick soon after and was also overloaded with homework after getting healthy again. Now it has been too long since I’ve seen it to write a review that serves it justice. However, for the record, I would like to state that Just Go With It is now my second-favorite Adam Sandler movie and I would strongly recommend you watch it if you haven’t seen it before. It’s a sight to see. Now let’s go on to this Along Came Polly movie review.
I’ve never seen any movies with Jennifer Aniston before nor am I a huge fan, but that’s more because I haven’t seen her in any. After watching the great performance she gave in Just Go With It, I had high expectations for this movie once I saw that Jennifer Aniston was going to be in this one as well. Ben Stiller has gotten plenty of laughs from me in the past and so it seemed like a good duo.
Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is an insurance risk-assessment expert, who gets married and on the first night of his honeymoon, finds his new wife cheating on him. Needless to say, he’s not happy. Then, while at an art exhibit to waste time with his friend Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to try to get his mind off of the whole thing, he runs into Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), a former junior high school classmate, who he then asks out on a date.
This movie, similar to Just Go With It, adds as much randomness, freak occurrences, and downright stupidity as it can. Most movies that implore such tactics I do not find funny. I find them stupid. Just Go With It was hilarious and fun with its randomness, and it was random but it still made sense. You had to just go with it and have fun with it, something that wasn’t too hard to do. With this movie, the randomness is just too far of a stretch, and it’s more stupid than it is funny. For example, Reuben has irritable bowel-syndrome and after Polly takes him to a Moroccan restaurant, which doesn’t bode well with his condition, Reuben uses the bathroom at Polly’s place. Only after finishing going the bathroom does Reuben realize there is no toilet paper. He then wipes himself with a towel, but then gets the great idea of throwing it in the toilet and hoping it flushes, which of course it doesn’t. Polly sees all the water coming out and opens the door to find Reuben in his underwear trying to unclog the toilet.
After all that, Reuben gets a call for a second date. What?! In what world does that happen? And it gets a lot worse and more stupid as the movie goes on. You can tell right from the get go that Polly doesn’t have a lot going upstairs and it never really changes as the movie progresses so when the movie tries to get emotional towards the end, it doesn’t work. Reuben isn’t that smart himself and so it’s hard for me to feel sorry for the guy when his life gets turned upside down on numerous occasions. To add to it all, neither of them are really funny.
The person who gave me some real enjoyment in this movie was Sandy Lyle, Reuben’s friend. The guy is ridiculous and irrational, but the pure randomness of his actions is hilarious. The scenes he was in were the most enjoyable.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
50-59 This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (The Hobbit, After Earth, Road to Perdition, Total Recall, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games, The Great Gatsby, Pitch Black)
20-29 What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All Fears)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight Cowboy, Dark Fury)
My score for Along Came Polly: 52.
Sandy Lyle may have been entertaining, but he wasn’t a main character. The two main characters are boring and unintelligent. The plot is dumb and the script is poorly-written and doesn’t take advantage of the actors it has.
*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!
Reuben is just not a smart guy and between him and Polly, it felt like I was watching two 6th graders date. It’s really hard to relate here. When Reuben’s wife Lisa comes back and says she wants to get back together, Reuben actually considers it! What?! What is the matter with this guy? Lisa didn’t even bother denying it when she got caught! She wanted to stay with Claude! She’s a total slut and not worth a thought, but Reuben considers it anyway! The guy’s an idiot! This movie is really dumb, guys. Just don’t watch it unless you’re looking for a really bad movie.