Along Came Polly

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is an insurance risk assessor who lives very cautiously in this romantic comedy. He knows the likelihood that he will be hit by a car or fall through a subway grate while walking to work, and he worries about catching diseases from the five out of six people who dont wash their hands after using the restroom. Yet despite his best effort to cut his risks, Reuben finds himself in a position of great loss when he discovers his bride Lisa (Debra Messing) in another mans bed on their honeymoon. Though embarrassed and hurt, Reuben rebounds when he meets the risk-taking and noncommittal Polly (Jennifer Aniston). Against the advice of his best friend, Sandy (Philip Seymour Hoffman), to return to his penitent wife, Reuben pursues Polly and discovers that life and love are risky endeavors to be embraced rather than avoided.

In Along Came Polly, two extramarital sexual relationships are presented. The first relationship, between Reubens wife and another man, is treated negatively as an outrageous violation of the recent marriage covenant. The second relationship, between Reuben and Polly, is treated positively. Polly clearly views the relationship as short-term, and Reuben only has vague hopes of marriage. While recognizing the heartless nature of Lisas adultery, the filmmakers see nothing wrong with a sexual relationship between two unmarried adults and thus present an unbiblical view of sexuality and marriage. The key issue is subtle. Biblical marriage is a one-flesh covenant including monogamous sexuality in the place of previous virginity. Marriage in this film, however, is viewed as a promise of sexual monogamy in place of previous sexual promiscuity. This unbiblical view, along with significant objectionable language and some nudity, earn Along Came Polly a negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Universal Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times mild (hell 3, damn 2); strong (ass 1, bitch 1)

Obscene Language: Many (11) times moderate (screw 1, suck 2); strong (s-word 8)

Profanity: Many (21) times moderate (OMG 7, OL 1, G 6); strong (GD 5, JC 1, C-sake 1)

Violence: Several times mild (some physical comedy, men wrestle, man falls down, man runs into wall, animal runs into wall, man destroys pillow with a knife)

Sex: Few times moderate (man and woman under covers with noises and motions, man and woman under covers with noises and discussion of orgasm)

Nudity: Few times mild (topless woman viewed from rear); moderate (men completely naked but viewed only from rear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (woman refers to the size of a mans genitals with a double entendre); moderate (gesture with microphone, gesture with bread, man refers to womans promiscuity, man describes technique to arose a woman, suggestive salsa dancing)

Drugs: Few times mild (use of alcohol)

Other: Extensive bathroom humor, woman has extramarital sex during her honeymoon, premarital sex and homosexuality portrayed positively, portrayal of the unavoidable risks involved in life and romance

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Youths and Adults

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