Along Came Polly
Irving Feffer: It's not about what happened in the past, or what you think might happen in the future. It's about the ride, for Christ's sake. There is no point in going through all this crap, if your are not going to enjoy the ride. And you know what... when you least expect something great might come along. Something better then you even planned for.
Along Came Polly
Supporting clowns, on the other hand, give the movie what kick it has. Though his character is tangential to almost anything in pic, Hoffman revels in playing a frustrated former teen movie star experiencing hard times. Baldwin and Azaria create full-blown characters out of what are basically glorified cameo spots, while Brown frolics as a bull in a china shop.
As Reuben gallantly carries Lisa across the threshold of their honeymoon suite, both flinch violently when a lizard clinging to the ceiling beam does a freefall onto Lisa's lap. Though Reuben erroneously labels the offending reptile a Komodo Dragon, trainers confirmed that the petite plummeting lizard was indeed faux. To achieve this shot, the camera first filmed a real lizard perched atop a railing inside the hotel room while its trainer stood off camera. The production team purchased three fake lizards and had them painted to resemble the real lizard for that harrowing shot.
Toward the end of the film, Reuben realizes he will lose Polly forever if he doesn't make his true feelings known. He rushes to her apartment, only to discover that his absent-minded love interest has tied Rodolfo's leash to the front door of her building and taken off without her furry companion. Reuben grabs the leash and starts off down the street in search of Polly when she rounds the corner frantically sounding the key finder. For this scene, Rodolfo appears decked out in a punky green sweater and pink harness/leash with a key finder attached. Trainers placed the ferret on his mark and tied the leash to the doorknob. An off-camera PA slowly opened the door while the trainer stood behind it. Once on the sidewalk, a trainer handed the actor Rodolfo's leash and walked in front of the ferret with a buzzer and an extended fork with a Nutracal treat on it. The ferret had been trained to run to the sound of the buzzer and felt comfortable walking with the actors for this scene.
As Polly and Reuben stride down the street discussing the fate of their relationship, Rodolfo shuffles alongside them on his leash. Poor vision once again bedevils him and he collides with a trash can on the sidewalk. The props department replaced Rodolfo with a fake pull-along ferret for this sequence since the actors easily outpaced the animal and his little legs just couldn't keep up.
Hamburg, meanwhile, allows proceedings to zip along at a fair old pace. He keeps the running time sensibly short and the romantic schmaltz to a minimum, resulting in a film that's more edgy than some of its peers. However, it stops just short of its potential, resorting instead to sub-Farrelly brothers bodily function humour when the going gets tough.
By Todd Gilchrist ALONG CAME POLLY An Interview with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston Ever since "There's Something About Mary" came out a few years ago, the level of comedy has grown to new heights. You just don't know how far films would go to make you laugh. Ben Stiller is one funny guy. Having been in the film just mentioned and countless other comedy films, the guy is a natural. With this being the final season of Friends, Jennifer Aniston stands out amongst the group of having the potential to be a major film star. Having her own starring vehicles (Picture Perfect, The Good Girl) proves that she has the goods to carry the film. To put "Ben & Jen" in a film should be a treat for all. Coming out on Jan.16 is Along Came Polly, in which Ben stars as Ruben, an anal retentive risk analyst whose going through some romantic crisis until he meets Polly Prince, played by Jennifer. In an interview with blackfilm.com, both Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston speak about the physical challenges in this romantic comedy.
Ben Stiller stars as a man who's always playing it safe, trying to avoid any and all risk. But when his new wife dumps him on their honeymoon he's stunned and humiliated and when he meets an adventure-craving, childhood friend named Polly (Jennifer Aniston) he's swept along in a whirlwind of extreme sports, spicy foods, and other dangers. Also with Debra Messing, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hank Azaria. Directed by John Hamburg. [1:30] 041b061a72