Here now: "Polly," "Torque" and "Cuckoo"

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 1:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 1:09 p.m.


This January is not looking as bleak as it has in years past. Big Fish rocked the box office this weekend, initially debuting in the premiere spot, but subsequently switched places with a certain New Line blockbuster after a rank calculation error.

If you have a penchant for silly comedies, check out Along Came Polly this weekend. The movie stars Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. The plot truly sounds like pages ripped from a Friends script, even overlooking the presence of Aniston. Stiller's character is a risk analyzer who likes to play it safe. After he meets Polly (Aniston), his humdrum, predictable existence is turned upside down and causes him to loosen up. Philip Seymour Hoffman co-stars.

For your motorcycle aficionados, Torque is rolling into theaters this weekend. The Biker Boyz/The Fast and the Furious hybrid was initially supposed to open in 2003 closer to Biker Boyz, but was pushed back for unknown reasons. Torque is the story of a motorcycle don (Martin Henderson) who tries to clear his name for killing an adversary brother before the rival gang (led by the dead man's brother, who is played by Ice Cube) exacts vengeance on him. Monet Mazur and Jay Hernandez co-star.

If you need a family-friendly movie to take your little brother or immature roommate to, Teacher's Pet is the animated motion picture for you. It's based on the ABC Saturday morning television show of the same title. This film won't win an Academy Award, but a talking dog at your school is cooler than the boy in your calc class who was hypnotized to bark every time your professor says his name. Nathan Lane and Kelsey Grammer provide some of the voices.

Cuckoo is finally playing for the first time this weekend. You may have heard of this Finnish-Russian movie under its foreign name of Kukushka. The basic premise is: two World War II soldiers of opposing sides become strange bedfellows when they seek refuge at a nearby woman's farm. Their differences in language and culture cause hilarious hijinks to ensue. The film was released earlier in 2003, but is finally making its Gainesville debut this weekend.


The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre ( is offering a Tony/Pulitzer Prize-winning play this month: Shadow Box. This heart-wrencher chronicles the lives of families who lose a loved one to a terminal disease and the range of emotion they undergo. If you see a movie instead of a play this weekend, fear not because Shadow Box will be performed on selected evenings until Jan. 24. Seeing this play will enable you to be a patron of more than just the arts. Half of the revenues accumulated from the price of the tickets will be given to the Hospice of North Central Florida. Shadow Box was written by Michael Cristofer, and directed by Rich Mach.

This month's offering at the Hippodrome ( is Life x 3, a Tony-winning play about guests who show up for a dinner party a whole day early. Marital strife, mad scavenging for edibles and a house full of turmoil ensue. If you miss Life x 3 this weekend, catch it on any play night until February 1. Life x 3 was written by Yasmina Reza, and directed by Mary Hausch.

Trailers of aforementioned films:

  • Along Came Polly:
  • Cuckoo:
  • Teacher's Pet:
  • Torque:
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