for a great comedy missed due to weak jokes, story.
came a slightly funny movie with very little plot and
a whole lot of toilet humor.
Despite its impressive cast and amusing storyline, the
film was a disjointed attempt at romantic comedy. In
it, Ben Stiller plays a slightly neurotic risk analyst
whose new bride (Debra Messing) cheats on him with her
scuba instructor (Hank Azaria) during their honeymoon.
When Stillers character, Reuben, returns to his
home in the city, he immediately runs into Polly Prince
(Jennifer Aniston) and asks her out on a date
and there begins the fun (or so the previews lead us
For the next hour and a half, the audience watches as
Reuben follows Polly into many uncomfortable situations.
She takes him to eat at ethnic restaurants but doesnt
know he has irritable bowel syndrome, takes him salsa
dancing when he has two left feet, and makes his perfectly
calculated life just completely uncomfortable.
The idea of all this should have had the audience rolling
in the aisles. Unfortunately, it had us rolling our
eyes instead. The jokes usually involved bodily fluid
or a bowel movement, the dialogue was simply predictable,
and the addition of a blind ferret into the mix left
the whole thing resembling a cross between Ace Ventura
The worst part the of movie was the countless random
characters who had no relevance and made the whole movie
very disjointed. People like the scuba instructor, Pollys
waitress friend, a gay salsa dancer, and many others
pop up at inopportune times. As if that werent
enough, Reubens parents, boss (an overweight and
tired looking Alec Baldwin), client, best friend, and,
let us not forget, his estranged wife all get their
minute and a half on the screen. They keep the movie
from being completely boring but serve no real purpose.
The chemistry between Stiller and Aniston was unconvincing,
and the obstacles they must overcome in the name of
love are just not that funny. Overall I would give it
a rating of M for mediocre and at best call
it a must rent. Along came Polly, but if you didnt
see her, you arent missing much. .