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Kino Korner April 1, 2004
 
Poison Grows In Stiller's Water
By Mark Ames Browse author Email
 
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The second funny part is when a sweaty, red, panting Hoffman approaches Stiller at a party -- Stiller has just met Aniston and is being repulsively likeable and "real" ... anyway, Hoffman, panting, says, "We've got to go."

Stiller: "Why? Can't you see -- "

Hoffman: "Now. It's an emergency. We have to leave now."

Stiller: "What...why?"

Hoffman: "I just sharted."

Stiller: "Sharted?"

Hoffman: "It's when you fart and some shit squirts out into your underwear. I sharted. We've got to go."

That's it, that's the movie.

But just in case you think it might be worth watching, let me tell you this. In the epiphany at the end, Stiller's dad tells the Hoffman character, to the accompaniment of a weepy piano soundtrack, and with Stiller looking on weepy-eyed, "It's not about what you did in the past or what you think'll happen in the future, it's about the ride, for chrissakes."

(How profound. Maybe that's why Bruce Westbrook wrote, in his review of the movie for The Houston Chronicle, "Though Polly packs ample comic punch, it also demonstrates that life isn't about the safe past or the uncertain future but the journeys we make each day.")

If you still want to see the movie after that, then consider this: Stiller gets Aniston at the end. Mwah-hah-hah.

RATING

Three Mark David Chapman stalker icons. Please, please, please buy a copy of Catcher in the Rye, or even Generation X, and kill Ben Stiller now!

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