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  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 December 2004 (USA)
  • Runtime: 115 min | Turkey:106 min (TV version)
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  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 159,403 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 December 2004 (USA)
  • Runtime: 115 min | Turkey:106 min (TV version)
  • Filming Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $279,167,575 (USA) (29 April 2005)
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Randy Newman   
  • Soundtrack: Physical
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Nurse | Speeding Car | Police Officer | Police Car | Control Freak

Meet the Fockers (2004) Writing Credits By:

  • Greg Glienna (characters) &
  • Mary Ruth Clarke (characters)
  • Jim Herzfeld (story) and
  • Marc Hyman (story)
  • Jim Herzfeld (screenplay) and
  • John Hamburg (screenplay)

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Meet the Fockers (2004) Known Trivia

  • Alanna Ubach, who plays Greg Focker’s former nanny, Isabelle, is actually 10 years younger than Ben Stiller. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The horn on the Byrnes’ RV plays the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”, about which Greg and Jack had a conversation in Meet the Parents (2000). Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • During production, the proposed title of “Meet the Fockers” was thought by the studio to be too vulgar. Meet the Fockers 2004 The spelling was briefly changed to “Meet the Fokkers”, but that would have upset the franchise’s continuity, so it was changed back. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The flight attendant is Kali Rocha the same actress from Meet the Parents (2000). Meet the Fockers 2004 That’s why Greg gives her an odd look when she offers to take his bag and be helpful. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The MPAA would not allow the movie to use the title unless they found a family with the name “Focker”. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Greg’s full name is Gaylord Myron Focker. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Teri Polo accidentally called Barbra Streisand “Boob”, which ended up becoming her on-set nickname. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The rum bottle that the Fockers have in their house is Mount Gay Rum. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • James Brolin was originally approached for the role of Bernie but turned it down. Meet the Fockers 2004 When director Jay Roach went to approach Dustin Hoffman for the role, Hoffman was talking non-stop and even out of the point which made him the instant choice for Bernie. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The close-up of Bernie Focker’s license plate, as he and Greg are driving away, reveals the letters TMI, a subtle reference to Bernie’s propensity for overly detailed explanations and descriptions of personal information. Meet the Fockers 2004 TMI is the literary abbreviation for Too Much Information. Meet the Fockers 2004 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

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Goofs: Continuity: When Bernie is first introduced in the film he hugs and kisses Greg leaving some sweat on Greg's shirt. Meet the Fockers 2004 The sweat alternates from a spot of sweat to a long line of sweat and back again between shots.

Meet the Fockers (2004) Plot: All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. Meet the Fockers 2004 Full summary »  »

Meet the Fockers (2004) Story: Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg’s parents, who this time around are Mr. Meet the Fockers 2004 and Mrs. Meet the Fockers 2004 Focker, who are as different from them as can be. Meet the Fockers 2004 As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Meet the Fockers 2004 Focker? Written byUber Minion

FullCast & Crew

Produced By: Meet the Fockers (2004) Free Full Movie Watch Online

  • Robert De Niro known as producer
  • Jon Poll known as co-producer
  • Jay Roach known as producer
  • Jane Rosenthal known as producer
  • Amy Sayres known as executive producer
  • Larry Stuckey known as associate producer
  • Nancy Tenenbaum known as executive producer

Watch Meet the Fockers (2004) Free Movie Online FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert De Niro known as Jack Byrnes
  • Ben Stiller known as Greg Focker
  • Dustin Hoffman known as Bernie Focker
  • Barbra Streisand known as Rozalin Focker
  • Blythe Danner known as Dina Byrnes
  • Teri Polo known as Pam Byrnes
  • Owen Wilson known as Kevin Rawley
  • Spencer Pickren known as Little Jack 'L.J.' Byrnes
  • Bradley Pickren known as Little Jack 'L.J.' Byrnes
  • Alanna Ubach known as Isabel Villalobos
  • Ray Santiago known as Jorge Villalobos
  • Tim Blake Nelson known as Officer LeFlore
  • Shelley Berman known as Judge Ira
  • Kali Rocha known as Flight Attendant
  • Dorie Barton known as Airline Clerk
  • Jack Plotnick known as Rent-a-Car Agent
  • Wayne Thomas Yorke known as Airport Security Guard
  • B.J. Meet the Fockers 2004 Hansen known as B.J.
  • J.P. Meet the Fockers 2004 Manoux known as Local Cop
  • Myra Turley known as Admitting Nurse
  • Vahe Bejan known as Gunther – Immigrant Man
  • Kathleen Gati known as Venka – Immigrant Woman
  • Angelo Tiffe known as Businessman
  • Kyle T. Meet the Fockers 2004 McNamee known as Undercover Waiter
  • Cedric Yarbrough known as Prison Guard
  • Max Hoffman known as Woody Focker
  • Benjamin Trueblood known as Newborn Baby
  • Roberto Garcia known as Waiter
  • Bruno Coon known as Strolling Minister / Band Member
  • Rock Deadrick known as Wedding Band
  • David Sutton known as Wedding Band
  • Berna Roberts known as Girl Bus Driver (as Bernadette Perez)
  • Linda O'Neil known as Girl on Bus
  • Tiffany Turner known as Girl on Bus
  • Christine D. Meet the Fockers 2004 Coleman
  • John Carey known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Victoria Chalaya known as Pam's Cousin (uncredited)
  • Karen-Eileen Gordon known as Anita Focker (uncredited)
  • Fabrizio Imas known as Chicken Man (uncredited)
  • Angie Jaree known as Bunny Focker (uncredited)
  • R. Meet the Fockers 2004 Martin Klein known as Mo Focker (uncredited)
  • Allan Kolman known as Harry Focker (uncredited)
  • Sean LoGrasso known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Chris Mala known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Rana McAnear known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Connie Richmond known as Frida Focker (uncredited)
  • Antonio Rufino known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • David Zimmerman known as Dom Focker (uncredited)



Supporting Department

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  • Terry Baliel known as hair department head
  • Kate Biscoe known as makeup department head
  • Judith A. Meet the Fockers 2004 Cory known as hairdresser: Ms. Meet the Fockers 2004 Streisand
  • David DeLeon known as makeup artist: Barbra Streisand
  • Maggie Fung known as key makeup artist
  • Teressa Hill known as key hair stylist
  • Grady Holder known as makeup effects technician: K.N.B. Meet the Fockers 2004 EFX Group
  • Colleen LaBaff known as assistant hair stylist
  • Maryann Marchetti known as assistant makeup artist
  • Matthew W. Meet the Fockers 2004 Mungle known as special makeup effects artist
  • Cheryl Ann Nick known as makeup artist (as Cheryl Nick)
  • Valli O'Reilly known as makeup artist: Dustin Hoffman
  • Tijen Osman known as additional hair stylist
  • Carol Pershing known as hair stylist
  • Victoria Wood known as wig maker: Barbra Streisand
  • Joy Zapata known as hair stylist: Ben Stiller, pick up shots

Meet the Fockers (2004) Art Department:

  • Doreen Austria known as graphic designer
  • Adam L. Meet the Fockers 2004 Barker known as lead plaster foreman
  • Melissa Bartley known as art department assistant
  • Jennifer R. Meet the Fockers 2004 Blair known as art department coordinator
  • Adam Braid known as set dresser
  • Amanda Bromberg known as set decorating assistant
  • Andrew Campbell known as graphic designer
  • George Capetanos known as prop assistant
  • Bryan Corbett known as construction foreman
  • Jill S. Meet the Fockers 2004 Coverdale known as set dresser buyer
  • Kevin Cross known as set designer
  • Paul Cunningham known as gang boss
  • Sam Dean known as welder
  • Doug DuRose known as assistant property master
  • William J. Meet the Fockers 2004 Durrell Jr. Meet the Fockers 2004 known as set designer
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Donald Goodman known as drapery foreman
  • Valerie Green known as art department assistant
  • Steven Hanks known as greensman
  • Gabriel Hardman known as storyboard artist
  • Brock Helfer known as set dresser
  • Guy Hietala known as set painter
  • Bart C. Meet the Fockers 2004 Hubenthal known as set dresser
  • Kim Larsen-Santini known as assistant property master (as Kim Larsen)
  • Steve Lauritzen known as set dresser
  • Kim Lincoln known as prop graphics
  • Joe Lozano known as greens foreman
  • Bobby Mara known as propmaker foreman
  • Jonah Markowitz known as assistant art director
  • Richard F. Meet the Fockers 2004 Mays known as set designer
  • Bryan McBrien known as greens
  • Eugene McCarthy known as property master
  • John McElroy known as on-set dresser
  • John Naehrlich known as leadman
  • Scott Nifong known as assistant property master
  • Fred O'Connor known as propmaker
  • John S. Meet the Fockers 2004 Ogden known as propmaker
  • William V. Meet the Fockers 2004 Ryder known as set designer
  • Steve Salazar known as welder
  • Josh Sheppard known as additional storyboards
  • Nithya Shrinivasan known as assistant art director
  • Reese St. Meet the Fockers 2004 Amant known as painter (as Charisse St. Meet the Fockers 2004 Amant)
  • Adam Tankell known as graphic designer
  • Leslie A. Meet the Fockers 2004 Tokunaga known as construction buyer
  • Jeffry C. Meet the Fockers 2004 Voorhees known as set dresser
  • Randall D. Meet the Fockers 2004 Wilkins known as set designer
  • Douglas Womack known as construction coordinator
  • Christopher Woodworth known as scenic supervisor
  • Alan Day known as set dresser: reshoots (uncredited)




Watch Meet the Fockers (2004) Free Movie Online Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • DreamWorks SKG (presents)
  • Tribeca Productions
  • Everyman Pictures

Meet the Fockers (2004) Free Full Movie Watch Online Other Companies:

  • Air Hollywood  aviation props provider (uncredited)
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  animals provided by (as Birds & Animals Unlimited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes and dollies
  • Deluxe Digital Studios  transfer
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Footsteps Post-Production Sound  foley recording
  • Jo Anne Kane Music Services  music preparation (as JoAnn Kane Music Services)
  • Movie Movers  trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  transportation (uncredited)
  • Pacific Vision Productions  titles
  • Playback Technologies  24-frame video playback (as Playback Technologies Inc.)
  • Runway  post-production
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Signet Sound Studio  rhythm sessions recorded at (as Signet Sound)
  • Sony Scoring Stage  orchestra recorded at (as Sony Pictures Scoring Stage)
  • Technicolor  color timing
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack released by

Meet the Fockers (2004) Distributors:

  • Universal Pictures (2004) (USA) (all media)
  • DreamWorks Distribution (2004) (non-USA) (all media)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (France) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (UK) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2004) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2004) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (2007) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Argentina Video Home (2005) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2005) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2005) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2005) (Netherlands) (VHS)
  • Universal Pictures (2005) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2005) (Germany) (VHS)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Studios Home Video (2007) (Canada) (DVD) (2 film collection)
  • Universal Studios Home Video (2007) (USA) (DVD) (2 film collection)



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  • David D. Meet the Fockers 2004 Johnson known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sean Kennedy known as visual effects: Pacific Vision Productions
  • Steve Koch known as digital artist
  • Kurt E. Meet the Fockers 2004 Soderling known as visual effects cameraman

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MPAA: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference



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  1. realangst from United States
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    There are many movies where the performances are so good that theweaknesses of the movie itself are almost oblivious.

    The casting in this film, bringing together the stars of the originalwith Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg aka Gaylord Focker’sparents, is sensational.

    While I admit that I believed I would read comments and reviews aboutthe crudeness of the material, I believe the reason this is not atypically tragic Hollywood farce is due to the strength of theperformances and the interaction of the characters.

    As you know, the premise of the movie is very simple. Prior to thewedding of Greg and Pam, the two families will meet. In typicalHollywood sequel fashion, we already know that the Byrnses are somewhatreserved, set in their ways. So it is no surprise that the Fockers arealmost the complete opposite.

    Hilarity ensures, some crude, some overtly sexual. But the cast isskillful and it plays more like a comic version of "Closer". You willbelieve that Bernie and Roz (amazing performances by Dustin Hoffman andBarbra Streisand) are Greg Focker’s parents. Not only is theirinteraction genuine, their love for their child is as well. Part ofGreg’s embarrassment is the knowledge of his parents’ "quirks" and howdifferent they are from the Byrnses. Ben Stiller aptly conveys thiswhile not backing down from his love for his parents.

    Meanwhile, stern Jack Byrnes scans the Fockers for clues to prove whyhe should not like them, therefore not allowing his daughter to bemarried into that family. His design of the RV is classic Jack Byrnes.What is an improvement in this film, is that Jack discovers some thingsabout himself and his relationship with his wife and daughter thatchange him. This may be the funniest performance in Robert DeNiro’scareer.

    Throughout the film, there are themes that everyone has experienced butmost of all, how important love is. The love of another and the love offamily and friends. There is a very good example of this in a scenebetween Teri Polo and Ben Stiller, after some new information isexposed that could possibly tear them apart once again.

    All in all, when you know the cast is having a good time, the audiencedoes too. I will be seeing this one more than once.

  2. Radio_Lady from Portland, Oregon
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    "Meet the Fockers" sounds like "Meet the f-u-u-…". Oops! Can’t say thatbecause of FCC guidelines. Just the same, the title pretty muchdescribes the level of the humor in this Ben Stiller comedy. But that’sredundant because it IS a Ben Stiller movie. Clearly my expectationsfor this movie were not high and, maybe because of that, I found "Meetthe Fockers" quite funny.

    Don’t get me wrong. This is not a movie for everyone. First off, thewriters did not miss a single opportunity to play off of the name"Focker". It’s silly and gets a little old but it somehow works withthe other repetitious low-down gags.

    Focker is the family name for Greg (Focker), Ben Stiller. The funniestFockers, however, (now I’m doing it) are Greg’s parents Bernie and Roz,a loose and liberal Florida hippy couple still living in the lastcentury and enjoying every minute of it. Dustin Hoffman, as Berniedisplays a previously unrevealed talent for over the top comedy.Fitting perfectly with Hoffman’s Bernie, is Barbra Streisand as RozFocker, reminiscent of the "zaftig" Lainie Kazan. Bernie is ayesteryear lawyer who has not practiced since who knows when. Roz isthe main breadwinner from her business as a sex therapist to theelderly.

    Greg is not too eager to reveal his parents’ true nature to hisfiancée’s parents as they all come to visit to get to know one anotherbetter. Teri Polo nicely plays Greg’s fiancée Pam. Robert DeNiro andBlythe Danner play her stiff and straight parents, Jack and DinaByrnes. Oh – also add in some baby low-brow by Spencer and BradleyPickeren, two adorable twins playing Little Jack.

    So, go low, go loose — or don’t go at all — but if you like BenStiller, go see "Meet the Fockers". Dustin’s antics will crack you upand you’ll enjoy Barbra back on the big screen after so long. Rated aB+.

  3. christian123
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    After convincing his fiancée's parents to allow them to marry, GregFocker (Ben Stiller) now has to deal with what happens when her ex-CIAfather Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) meets his own wacky ex-hippyparents, played by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand.

    I really wanted to see this film when it was first announced. Theoriginal was very funny and it had a great repeat value. However, thereviews started coming in and they were all negative so I was a littlediscouraged. I still went to see it and it turned out to be very funny.The critics really need to lighten up since they turned away a finecomedy. Sure, some of the gags are old and tired but they still work.They use a lot of "Focker" jokes and of male nurse jokes sob that kindof got annoying but it wasn't an overload either. The story is prettymuch the same as the first one except now Greg's parents are throwninto the mix and nothing ever goes right. The writers came up with abunch of different, funny situations and some of them were recycledwhile others were new.

    The cast is great and they help move the film along nicely. The bestwas clearly Dustin Hoffman as Greg's dad. He was hilarious and fun towatch on screen. Ben Stiller was okay but his uptight character role iskind of getting annoying. Robert De Niro also gives a funny performanceand he is now forgiven for appearing in Godsend. Barbara Streisand wassurprisingly funny and bearable. I usually cannot stand her but she wasalright in the movie. Blythe Danner gives a decent performance, nothingreally special. Teri Polo was the only miscast in the movie. She justdidn't fit or look well next to Hoffman, Stiller and De Niro. OwenWilson makes a cameo and it was decent, a little unnecessary though.

    Jay Roach directs and he does a good job with the movie though it was alittle too long. 115 minutes is kind of long for a comedy and becauseof the long running time, the film starts to bore around the end. Theyshould have taken some things out to keep the film shorter andinteresting. I also didn't like the character little Jack. He was thegrandson of Jack (De Niro) and he was very annoying. The addition ofthe baby character was unnecessary and it kind of brought the filmdown. Compared to the original, the first one is funnier and moreenjoyable. The second one is still pretty funny but it doesn't have agood repeat value. However, the film is still worth checking out intheaters. In the end, please ignore the critics and check this film outin theaters. Rating 7/10

  4. max-217 from Chicago
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    MEET THE FOCKERS made me laugh a lot. It probably has more laughs thanthe original, but the laughs aren’t as big or as fresh or as subtle.And as sequels go, it contains many scenes that are mere variations ofthe original: the dinner gone wrong, the sports competition gone wrong,the pet gone wrong, the Owen Wilson cameo, the "focker" puns, etc. Butmany of the variations are quite inspired. Thanks to the terrific cast.De Niro, Stiller, Hoffman and Streisand all look like they’re having agreat time. Each is given a scene or two to really shine; De Niro andHoffman fare the best. A child actor’s also been added to the cast, andhe’s a scene-stealer. I just wish Blythe Danner (Mrs. Byrnes) and TeriPolo (Pam Focker) were given more to do. But, as entertaining as Ithought the movie was, expect many critics to be turned off or pretendto be turned off by the numerous toilet jokes. I say, flock ‘em!

  5. baikauskas from Chicago
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    Despite the reviews being lukewarm, I went to see this movie on arecent afternoon because I had a couple of hours between holiday visitsto friends. It was the only film that fit my schedule. It was not myfirst, second or third choice and if I had absolutely anything else todo and if the weather had been any more cooperative, I would have run -not walked out of the theater. I decided that since it remained at thetop of the box office for another week, maybe, just maybe there wassomething redeeming about it. There isn’t. Nothing. And the audienceagreed. There were probably 20 of us and not one person – not one -laughed at any point in this movie. It is one of the most patheticwastes of talent since – since – since I don’t know what. Shame oneveryone associated with this horribly unfunny movie.

  6. Brandt Sponseller from New York City
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    Series note: As this is a direct continuation of Meet the Parents(2000), it is recommended that you watch that film first. It givesnecessary background exposition and characterization for this film.

    Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and fiancée Pam Byrnes’ (Teri Polo)wedding is fast approaching, and their parents still have not met eachother. So Greg and Pam fly from Chicago to New York to meet herparents, Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina (Blythe Danner), before headingoff with them to Miami to meet his parents, Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) andMother Focker Roz (Barbara Streisand). The problem is that the Byrnesare staid, conservative (though slightly crazy) types who would neverthink of showing public affection, while the Fockers are stillhippies–she is a sex therapist for elderly couples and he’s a lawyerwho became Mr. Mom once Gaylord was born. Can Gaylord keep his parentsreined in enough to not cause Jack blow his lid and try to stop thewedding? Although I didn’t think Meet the Fockers was quite as funny orsuccessful as Meet the Parents, it’s still funny and successful, with abit less of an emphasis on nonstop outrageous humor and a bit more ofan emphasis on the often amusing complexities of extended familyrelationships.

    If you’ve seen Meet the Parents first–and you should–some of thematerial, such as Gaylord’s job, jokes based on the "Focker" name, andeven Jack’s background and disposition will have less of an impact,which initially partially depends on novelty and surprise.Additionally, director Jay Roach and the writing team of JamesHerzfeld, Marc Hyman and John Hamburg telegraph quite a few of thepunch lines. For just one example, it’s obvious that something is goingto happen to Gaylord’s rental car in New York as soon as we hear himopt out of purchasing insurance, blowing it off as a "scam" to makemoney.

    On the other hand, Roach and crew make it clear from the start thatthey’re not exactly shooting for the same style of film as Meet theParents. This is evident from the beginning, which cleverly pokes funat Meet the Parents’ "gradually going to hell in a handbasket" style byhaving everything go exactly right.

    Roach aims for classic scenarios of families colliding that havesurprisingly serious subtexts (and in the real world, these kinds ofsituations do have an attendant humor, at least when we’re not right inthe midst of them). Every family tends to have its own customs andnorms, its own take on ethics, etiquette, politics, religion and so on.Naturally, when we try to merge families through marriages,uncomfortable, often embarrassing, and frequently tense situationsabound. Aside from the humor, this is the crux of Meet the Fockers.

    Another important subtext that occurs in various guises through thefilm (and for which the potential was there in Meet the Parents even ifit wasn’t capitalized on in quite the same way) is opening up to"free", honest expression of one’s thoughts, feelings and desiresversus showing a "proper" public face. This is particularly amusing andpoignant in the case of Jack, whose job involved obtaining honestexpression, but who is the strongest case of putting on a false publicface–to an extent that he’s bought into the persona himself. In a way,Roach and crew are suggesting that if we can really reach that idealself-expression, maybe those family mergers, and even other kinds ofcultural encounters (such as the Fockers’ run-in with the police) couldproceed more smoothly.

    So it’s not so important whether Meet the Fockers is as funny as Meetthe Parents. Roach isn’t just trying to make you laugh, even though hedoes so frequently. Despite all the comments in others’ reviews aboutsex-oriented humor (how could you not expect that in a film with atitle like this?), or general "low-brow" humor, the comic situationshere are more sophisticated in many ways than a typical "outrageous"comedy. That means that you’re not going to laugh out loud, with tearsstreaming down your face, as often as you’re going to be sitting therewith a big smile on your face watching scenarios such as Bernie trying,and mostly succeeding, to hold on to his hippie ideals no matter whatthe short term costs. This is more a humor of slightly exaggerated butrealistic folly, played fabulously by a stellar cast.

  7. lavatch from Twin Cities, Minnesota
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    I enjoyed the sequel "Meet the Fockers" more than the original "Meetthe Parents" for one reason: the performance of Dustin Hoffman.Overall, it was a fine ensemble cast and good scripting of the jokesand situations surrounding the irrepressible ex-CIA agent and familypatriarch Jack Byrnes (Robert DeNiro). But Hoffman’s character BernieFocker, an attorney who retired to become a full-time dad to his sonGreg (Ben Stiller), grounds this comedy in solid human values thatraise the film beyond the level of nutty comedy.

    I admired how Hoffman’s character revealed genuine pain following thenasty remarks of Jack Byrnes. For example, the shrine of framedmemorabilia of his son’s accomplishments was ridiculed by Jack. Onecould empathize with Bernie’s pain which he registered at thecriticism. Indeed throughout the film, the most memorable scenes werethose with Hoffman’s character on the defense, but also taking theoffensive against Jack.

    The film also included some wildly funny moments, such as the teenagerborn out of wedlock to Greg’s babysitter, a young lad with humongouseyebrows who was a dead-ringer for Ben Stiller’s character and Jack’soutrageous motor home rigged with listening devices, which provided himwith his command center for spying on the Fockers. Much credit shouldgo to director Jay Roach for outstanding comic rhythms, timing, andpacing.

    In the end, this was thoroughly enjoyable movie, which had thesurprising effect of providing a good window into family values unusualfor Hollywood film comedies.

  8. warnerclassic from Sunny Sunny Cornwall
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    Meeting the Parents of your girlfriend can be stressful enough. Buthaving her parents meet yours can sometimes be a recipe for disaster,something Greg Focker finds to his peril; when both sets of parentsmeet on the eve of his wedding. Made after the success of Meet theParents, Meet the Fockers carries on where the last film left off, withGreg delivering babies while his stuffy future father in laws deliversultimatums, both with memorable results. Of course Greg is now finallyin "The Circle of Trust" a circle that is headed by Jack, Greg’suptight future father in law, retired from the CIA, yet still firmlyattached to his former profession. Meanwhile Greg’s own parents arelaid back and free with their emotions, his mother being a sextherapist and his father a house husband. Knowing Jack’s conservativeways Greg is delighted but terrified at his fiancés news that they aregoing to have a baby. Worried of Jacks reaction, things get worse whenGreg’s old teenage crush reappears, along with a 15 year old son who isa dead ringer for Greg and, as far as Jack’s concerned, a primecontender for a DNA test . Meet the Fockers is based purely in therealm of a one joke movie (i.e. the family’s name) and so has thelongevity of one (i.e. very short) The main problems with the film isthe heartbreaking (from a film fans point of view) sight of Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand all participating in a filmthat Benny Hill would have passed at. Streisand, the powerhouse allsinging and acting legend, is here reduced to teaching senior citizenshow to have better sex, something I could have lived without seeing.Hoffman is clearly having fun, although quite unaware that the audienceisn’t. His scenes with De Niro have a chemistry, but the scenesthemselves do little to their reputations. One scene with Hoffmansitting on a toilet and De Niro in the shower waiting for him to"finish" really felt like an all time low, and when Hoffman flushed Ihoped their careers wasn’t going down with it. One high point is theappearance of Owen Wilson (Stiller’s Hutch to his Starsky) who shows upat the end, but by that time I was too busy sawing through my wrists.Meet the Fockers has an incredible waste of exceptional talent, andthat my friends is no laughing matter.

    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    This is an incredibly funny movie. I can’t believe the lacklusterreviews that this film has received. It’s one of the most consistentlyfunny films to come out in recent memory. I (and the rest of theaudience for that matter) laughed hardily throughout. Dustin Hoffman,Robert Deniro and Ben Stiller are great. The female characters aren’tgiven much to do, but give adequate performances. Not being a Streisandfan, I was a little apprehensive about her casting, but am pleased tosay that she is very good in the role and stands toe-to-toe with hubbyHoffman. The movie is quickly paced and provides very little "downtime" where the comedy bogs down. It’s a great mix of slap-stick, wittybanter, strong comedic performances, crude humor and even cutesy fowlmouthed toddlers. To me all these high brow critics need to lighten up.Comedies should be judged by whether or not they are funny and that’sit. The bottom line with this film is that it’s hilarious. All thosecritics are coming off as smug ass hoooooooooles.

  10. moviemasterdebater from Western Sahara
    02 Dec 2013, 5:33 pm

    Believe the critics because this one is just a rehash of the first andI don’t remember laughing even once during the entire film.Unfortunately, this sequel continues in the same vein as the original.Making fun of Greg’s profession as a male nurse and using his last namein virtually every way possible to replace the sexual expletive, thisfilm appears doomed from the start for family viewing.

    Along with heavy innuendo based on the family moniker, much of thescript’s humor relies on overt sexual themes for the punch lines.Working as a seniors’ sex therapist, Roz promotes erotic exercise movesand candidly discusses options for an amorously repressed couple. Apaternity case, a busload of buxom cheerleaders who start to removetheir tops and an incident of mooning are also played for laughs. Aswell, a toddler learns to swear repeatedly and gets his hands on somehard liquor when a flustered caregiver is distracted by an incomingcall. The results are supposed to be funny, but the farce often comesup short in good taste.

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