Along Came Polly
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 don’t 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 man’s 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 Reuben’s 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. 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, make it impossible for Dove to award “Along Came Polly” with the Dove Family-Approved Seal.