Along Came Polly

Year: 2004
Production Co: Jersey Films
Studio: Universal
Director: John Hamburg
Producer: Danny DeVito
Writer: John Hamburg
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Brown, Hank Azaria

With stellar dramatic work like Capote and Doubt in his CV, comedy is a walk in the park for the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he aids a talented pack that lift slightly better than average rom com above the mire of the genre.

The high concept hook is that clean freak insurance assessor Rueben (Stiller) approaches everything in life as a risk assessment, and when he catches his wife cheating on him on their honeymoon (with a film-stealing Hank Azaria) he's cast adrift, his perfect plan for the organised life he'd always prepared for in tatters.

So when the scattered and zany Polly (Aniston) comes into his life, he's even more stressed to find that despite being complete opposites, they're falling in love.

There's not a lot more to offer apart from some accomplished leads making good with some well scripted jokes. The ferret who can't see too well is the sort of slapstick you expect from much a lower quality movie but Hoffman, Aniston and Stiller have what it takes to give it a bit more life. At least it's still better than The Heartbreak Kid.

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