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Meet the Fockers

Comedy movie sequel to Meet the Parents directed by Jay Roach

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A solid follow up to the original classic

  • Dec 31, 2004
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+3
Pros: Stiller and a great cast.

Cons: May be to formulaic for some.

The Bottom Line: A solid follow up and a very funny good time.

It has been almost four years since audiences met Male Nurse Gaylord (Greg) Focker who was about to endure a brutally funny yet trying weekend with his future in laws in the comedy classic “Meet the Parents”

When we rejoin Greg (Ben Stiller) and his fiancé Pam (Terri Polo), they are about to meet up with Pam’s parents Jack (Robert Deniro), and Dina (Blythe Danner), as they venture to Florida to meet Greg"s parents. Needless to say this is a very stressful time for Greg as he is still trying to stay on Jacks good side and inn the circle of trust in order to make his pending marriage to Pam go smoothly.

The clan makes the journey in Jacks state of the art Kevlar plated RV that underscores the fact that Jack still has a hard time letting go of his former C.I.A. life. Upon arriving in Florida Greg is horrified by his father Bernard (Dustin Hoffman), very affectionate greetings and by his mother Roz (Barbra Streisand), teaching a class on senior sexuality in their family home.

Convinced that this openness is going to offend the very conservative Jack, Greg soon goes on slow boil as he attempts to divert one potential disaster after another as his very laid back and open parents are a direct contrast to Jack and Greg is sure that calamity is lurking, just waiting to strike.

Naturally the comedic moments fly fast and furious as everything from the dog flushing cat Jinx, to the amorous former housekeeper and the potential babysitting nightmare all conspire to drive Greg to the brink of madness and the audience over the edge with laughter.

Directed by Jay Roach, the film takes some time to build up but soon finds its stride as it sprays merriment and mayhem that is sure to delight and entertain fans of the first film. Roach and the cast waited until they had the perfect story to bring the two families together and the inspired casting of Hoffman and Streisand is a brilliant mix. They mix very well with the cast of the previous film and it is obvious that the cast is having a great time working with one another on the film.

Kudos are also in order for the writers John Hamburg and James Herzfeld who keep the story moving without resorting to rehashing jokes from the previous film yet keep many of the in jokes and character nuances intact.
While some may call the film formulaic and take issue with Stiller yet again playing his patented lovable looser, the film is a very funny and charming romp that will satisfy fans of the original and provide a fantastic holiday treat.

4 stars out 5

Gareth Von Kallenbach


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review by . December 24, 2010
This is the only film in the "Meet the....." franchise, and I never thought much of them prior to watching this. I just thought that it was created for Ben Stiller to have a franchise under his belt. However, when I watched this, I quite liked it. It's not perfect, definitely, but it made me laugh and that's what I expect from light-hearted comedies like this. The actors (especially the parents on both sides) do pretty well, and it's funny. I wouldn't say that it made me …
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
The perfect movie to follow Meet the Parents... I love the Fockers..
review by . May 11, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: All the talent...     Cons: ...Goes to waste     The Bottom Line: Whose dumb idea was rum and milk, anyway?     Fock those motherfocking Fockers! They focking suck! Ha ha! See how funny I can be! The main character's last name is one letter away from being the mother of all curse words! Focker! Get it? For those who aren't familiar with my work, I'll assure you now that I'm no idiot. I know how stupid that joke is, and I also know …
review by . November 13, 2005
Dustin Hoffman plays off DeNiro even better than in Wag the Dog and Barbara proves that whatever her shortcomings in political opinion, she can act and produce laughs in this wonderful sequel to Meet the Parents.    There is very little to not like in this movies as once again Ben Stiller underplays himself and lets everything around him shine. There are too many funny moments in this film and it would be a crime to give spoilers to any of them, so I would just suggest watching …
review by . November 06, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Well, the first movie was a gem. Very funny, situations flowed well, most of it worked, and worked together as a cohesive whole. Pretty much the opposite of this poorly put together sequel, which wastes a lot of good talent.     The jokes are stupid, over the top, and require the characters to do a lot of actions that seem to be done just so the situations can be set up. The humor is dull and slapstick, and isn't funny. The "risque" jokes intended to be funny just by virtue of …
review by . October 14, 2005
Same format same results. Yes, its amusing but the story line is so identical to Meet The parents. Robert Denero's character is so mistrusting of his future son in law. Hoffman and Striesand are a couple of goofballs. A little funny but alot silly and full of nonsense. Ben Stiller seems like the most sensible one in this film.      Don't buy all the hype. This movie is OK but certainly not over the top.
review by . April 17, 2005
Granted, we all know that #2 is never as good as #1 - but this one is worth getting. Barbra Streisand is fantastic - as she always is when doing comedy. Dustin Hoffman is his usual "out there" self. Robert Deniro is up to his old 'spy' tricks. And, there's a plot twist (which I identified in the first scene - woman's intuition). Enjoy this movie for what it is: another chapter in the lives of a cute couple with strange families!
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Following the knee-slapping hit MEET THE PARENTS, director Jay Roach once again keeps audiences roaring with laughter as he presents MEET THE FOCKERS. This time, young engaged couple Pam (Teri Polo) and Greg (Ben Stiller) are getting their parents together a few months before the wedding. Greg nervously plans out every detail of the trip, only to be usurped by Pam's domineering ex-CIA-man father (Robert DeNiro). Not only has he purchased an RV, insisting they'll be driving from New York City to the Fockers' home in Miami, but he's bringing along his perfect baby grandson. When they finally arrive at the Fockers' house, Greg's parents, Bernie and Roz (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand), turn out to be sex-addicted hippies and not at all what the Byrnes (DeNiro and Blythe Danner) had expected. With one pitfall after the next, the film takes the concept of awkward in-law experiences to new heights, leaving no stone unturned from stories about past sexual experiences to detailed discussion of current ones....
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