tek's rating: ¼

Along Came Polly (PG-13)
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This came out in 2004, but I didn't see it until 2019. I had no particular plan to ever watch it, but I happened to get a triple-feature DVD that included it. And the reason I happened to watch it on the night that I did was because on the previous night, some random, nonexistent person in a dream I had wanted me to watch it. She offered to lend me a DVD, but I told her, in the dream, that I had it on a triple-feature DVD of my own. Anyway... it was okay, I guess. Not really my cup of tea, but I wasn't drinking tea, when I watched it. I was drinking beer. So... it was okay.

Ben Stiller plays a risk analyst for an insurance company, named Reuben Feffer. His job is worth mentioning, because it is intrinsically tied to the sort of person he is. Super-cautious, you know? The movie begins with him marrying Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing). His best man is his best friend, Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and it's kind of hard for me to understand how they're friends at all, since they're so different. (Sandy is an actor who was in one movie, as a child, and has never gotten over thinking of himself as a star.) Anyway, Reuben and Lisa go on their honeymoon, and she soon cheats on him with a scuba instructor named Claude (Hank Azaria). Lisa stays on the island with Claude, while Reuben goes back to New York. Sandy takes him to a party at an art gallery, where they run into Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), whom they knew from middle school, who is currently working as a waitress. Reuben soon starts dating her, but it turns out they have very different interests and personalities. Meanwhile, Reuben's boss, Stan Indursky (Alec Baldwin) assigns him to assess the risk of possibly insuring an Australian extreme risk-taker named Leland Van Lew. (He reminded me of Michael Caine, but it was a different actor.) And... eventually, Lisa returns, wanting to get back together with Reuben.

I guess that's all I want to say about the plot. I did find the movie reasonably amusing, even if some parts of it were not exactly to my taste, and I didn't particularly feel that either potential pairing for Reuben was a good match. It's not what I'd call a "good" movie, but it was an okay way to spend an hour and a half (assuming alcohol is involved). And now I plan to probably never watch it again.

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