To many, marriage seems like the ideal way to live. There is almost a fairy tale aspect to the idea of marriage. But what happens fairy tale is just that and someone else who is real comes along?
In Along Came Polly (2004), Reuben (Ben Stiller) has just married Lisa (Debra Messing). But the marriage is over before it has begun when Reuben finds that Lisa is already cheating on him during their honeymoon. Returning home, Reuben hopes to move on from his all too brief marriage. When he reunites with a former classmate, Polly (Jennifer Aniston), she turns his ordered world upside down.
Will Reuben let Polly into his life and allow a little mess or will he pretend that he likes his life as it is?
The movie fits very squarely into the rom com genre with Ben Stiller being one of the regular male leads in films of this genre. As is the same with his leading ladies, Jennifer Aniston and Debra Messing. But to be truthful, this story is an old one that feels rather over done. I just wish instead of firmly staying within the genre and the standard expectations of the audience, the filmmakers decided to step out of the box a little.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.