Saturday, June 12, 2004

Along Came Polly

And, what a joy that was! To my amazement, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Anniston click in what might be the funniest movie Ben Stiller has made yet. I liked "Meet the Parents" it's true, but "Along Came Polly" is better, and stars Rodolfo the ferret for an even more enriching viewing experience. Hank Azaria is swell as the French scuba instructor, and Debra Messing, Alec Baldwin and the rest of the cast are all perfect! Philip Seymour Hoffman is hysterical as Ben's best friend, a sloth of a man without the least trace of couth. To see Michele Lee as Ben's mom, and Bryan Brown as the extreme sports loving Aussie businessman was a real romp. Ben Stiller has a penchant for over-the-top stuff, and it is not always successful, but here he plays it cool, giving the transition from uptight worry-wart to guy-who-is-willing-to-take-chances believability and flare! Five big stars for this fun film.

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