Along Came Polly

  • Review Date: June 7, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Talented actors in dumb film with gross sex humor.
  • Review Date: June 7, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gross-out humor.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

Strong languge used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 16, 2004
DVD release date:June 8, 2004
Cast:Ben Stiller, Debra Messing, Jennifer Aniston
Director:John Hamburg
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references

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Kid, 12 years old March 30, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

No. No. No.

Don't bother. Just plain stupid and dumb. Whoever made this film should stop making movies. Don't waste ur time on this really bad not funny "comedy". Oh wait, it is'nt even a comedy. It's garbage.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpielberg00 September 3, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Funny at times.

My rating: PG-13 for frequent sexual content including references and scenes, and for language.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bybjd April 2, 2011
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QUALITY
 

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 chugs through the motions without any sort of feeling, humour or interest. Watching this is like fingernails on a blackboard, and it could only be appreciated by someone who has never seen good acting or good comedies of any sort. Alas, that describes a swathe of the upcoming generation.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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