ALONG CAME POLLY (2004)

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Christopher

I went into this movie thinking it was going to be along the lines of an Adam Sandler movie but I ended up kind of enjoying it. Specifically Philip Seymour Hoffman is so funny, every time he’s on screen he made me laugh. Elizabeth and I have different views on Ben Stiller; I find him annoying and kind of a dick (I base that all off of him in movies, soooo I really haven’t looked to into this) but can occasionally be funny, and Elizabeth thinks he’s fine. To me, he was okay in this movie, not as great as he is in Heavyweights or Zoolander but I didn’t find him annoying and to me that was a win! Although I might not have found him annoying cause his character in this was a lot like Elizabeth but I’m sure she will talk about that.

This movie was fun to watch but it’s also a good reminder that Philip Seymour Hoffman is so incredible and I want to see everything that his is in no matter what!

Elizabeth

I had seen Along Came Polly in theaters but didn’t remember too much except A.) It made me feel sort of sick and B.) Philip Seymour Hoffman was incredible. So I wanted to watch it again, and it was actually better than I remembered.

While the movie didn’t make me feel sick anymore, I was sort of shocked at how similar I was to Reuben (Ben Stiller) as the movie went on. We’re both nervous people who like safety and work in insurance and have weak stomachs. Luckily, Chris isn’t really like Polly (Jennifer Aniston). While I actually thought their relationship here was pretty sweet, I feel like watching this now as an adult I see how next to impossible a relationship like theirs would be in real life.

But I need to talk about the real star of this movie: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Sandy. While I am happy that Hoffman won the Oscar for Capote, and I thought it was well-deserved . . . wouldn’t it have been sort of amazing if he won at Oscar for Along Came Polly? It sounds absurd, but he’s amazing in it! He constantly made me laugh, and even though he’s playing a big goofy character, he can’t hide what an incredible actor he is. Seeing how intense he was, even in this movie, made me really want to see him on stage or something.

But anyway, Along Came Polly might not seem worth it, but it’s definitely cute and funny. And though Polly sort of seems like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl character, her flaws are pointed out as flaws rather than cute quirks, which was refreshing.

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