Along Came Polly

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Talented actors in dumb film with gross sex humor.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Gross-out humor.

Violence
Sex

Very explicit sexual references and situations for a PG-13.

Language

Strong languge used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are many, many "ewwwwwwwwwwww" moments, some strong language and very explicit sexual references and situations for a PG-13, including male nudity (full rear view), adultery, spanking as foreplay, and concerns about premature ejaculation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. April 3, 2018

This pushes the PG-13 limit.

This movie contains sex scenes.
Adult Written bybjd April 2, 2011

What a bomb!

Both leads are boring and personaly-less, overhyped actors (Stiller and Aniston) that make this movie painful to watch. There is no chemistry, and the thing chu... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byD06M4 June 25, 2021

Okay, Okay, Okay, listen..

This movie has a lot of sexual moments for a PG-13 movie and yes it can be raunchy. It was raunchy to count as a Rated-R film. And what I’m trying to say is tha... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 20, 2021

Hilarious! Great For Older Tweens

This movie is so funny. very good for older tweens. there is a lot of innuendo and sexual phrases.

What's the story?

Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. When he marries Lisa (Debra Messing), he thinks he has a sure thing. But on the first day of their honeymoon she falls for a scuba instructor, and he returns home alone to an apartment filled with unopened wedding gifts. He runs into Polly (Jennifer Anniston), a childhood friend, and he asks her out. Can a guy who spends eight minutes a day just putting away and taking out the decorative throw pillows for his bed find happiness with a non-planner, a risk-taker, an exotic-food-lover, and a key-loser? More important, how many excruciatingly embarrassing moments will we have to share with Reuben before we find out? Some of the many "ewwwwwwwwwwww" moments in ALONG CAME POLLY include an almost-blind ferret that keeps slamming into walls and Reuben's constant struggle to hold in various bodily functions, from controlling his irritable bowel syndrome when he eats ethnic food to maintaining his sexual stamina when he becomes overexcited the first time he and Polly make love.

Is it any good?

If all of this strikes you as funny, then you probably don't get out much, and this may be the movie for you when you do. But you will still have to sit through a lot of dull filler subplots that waste the talents of the stars, including Reuben's self-centered and obnoxious childhood friend (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a has-been actor still clinging to his one successful appearance in a John Hughes-style teen movie, salsa lessons, and a client prospect (Bryan Brown) who likes to jump off buildings and swim with sharks.

The characters are overly generic, especially Reuben's kvetching mother (Michelle Lee) and silent but deep father (Bob Dishy). Hank Azaria is wasted as a naked scuba instructor with a Pepe LePew accent. None of the characters are anything other than narrative conveniences and so it is impossible to care what happens to them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they assess risks and rewards and how different people are comfortable taking different kinds of chances.

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