Obscure Movie Characters We Love: Sandy Lyle in Along Came Polly


Now, I wouldn’t necessarily say that Philip Seymour Hoffman in anything is obscure but come on.  You didn’t know that his character’s name in the movie is Sandy Lyle and I’m not sure many of you were thinking of this character to add to our column.  So let’s get into it.

Hoffman’s character, Sandy, is a former child star who clearly can’t get over his past.  In fact he continues to try and use his past as a way to legitimize himself in the present (which doesn’t work at all).  This inevitably leads to ridiculously awesome comedy and one liners that I will use until the day I die.

In fact, we never offcially know if he’s employed as all he does is star in some play that doesn’t matter…at all.  But there are two main reasons we should honor this character….

#1 – The Term “Shart.”

Yup.  It was Sandy Lyle who invented the word “shart” which is a slight combination of a fart and a little doo doo residue coming out as the person farts.  It leads Sandy into a very bad situation where he must immediately exit a party and let’s just say that scene is nothing short of spectacular.

#2 –  This scene


“Let it Rain!”  Man I love this scene.  From the shirts and skins to Sandy throwing up brick after brick you’ve gotta appreciate how awesome this is.

So join me in talking about how awesome Sandy Lyle is.

  • Madison

    GREAT choice right here. Hoffman is just incredible in this role. I think Along Came Polly is OK, but the “sharting” scene is one of my favorites. The first time I saw that I was laughing so hard I could hardly breathe.

    Good call on Sandy Lyle.

  • BanditOne

    You were laughing so hard you sharted?

  • Madison

    Yup. No washing machine, straight into the trash.

  • Eds

    His character is amazing but he didnt invent the word “shart” – maybe he made it mainstream but us cool kids were using it way before then

  • I was just talking about good ole Sandy the other day. One of the greatest characters in cinematic history EVER.

  • JapJay

    I wouldnt have known about Sandy if Along Came Polly hadn’t been on TV about 30 times two weeks ago, for whatever reason.

  • JapJay

    Forgot to mention that i thought the part where Polly asks if a patron at the art show wants more wine, then proceeds to pour red wine into a glass full of white was hilarious, for whatever reason.

  • hallz

    “It’s a art opening for this Dutch guy Yost, his art sucks but he used to sell me really good pot.”


    In a crowded elevator = Hilarious

    And Alec Baldwin is pretty damn funny in this movie too

  • I think one of the best parts is in the opening scene when he walks in and says “best man is in the house” and slips REALLY hard!