Stiller plays Reuben Feffer, a Senior Risk Assessment Analyst with a mild case of irritable bowel syndrome, who calculates the risk of everything in his life. However, no calculation could have warned him that his new wife, Lisa, would sleep with a Scuba diving instructor on the first day of their honeymoon.
Obviously disappointed by this turn of events, Reuben returns to New York and hangs out with his friend Sandy Lyle, played hilariously by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has appeared in more good films than I could possibly list here. Two weeks later, Reuben bumps into old school friend Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) at a party and he takes it as a sign that it’s time to start dating again.
Unfortunately, although Polly was a Senior Delegate of the Model UN at school, she has grown up to be a risk-taking wild child who couldn’t be more different from Stiller's stilted character.
While Stiller is the star of this film, his character is too similar to the ones he played in There's Something About Mary and Meet The Parents to stand out, whereas the performances of the actors around him are much more notable. Master of disguise Hank Azaria is brilliant as usual and Australian veteran Brian Brown gives an understated but hilarious turn as a potential insurance client with a passion for extreme sports.
The story is typical romantic comedy fare and the ending holds no surprises, but even so Along Came Polly is very enjoyable, completely harmless and will certainly be another hit for writer and director John Hamburg.