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Domestic disaster looms for male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) when his straight-laced ex-CIA father-in-law (Robert De Niro) asks to meet his wildly unconventional mom and dad (Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman). It's family bonding gone hysterically haywire in the must-see comedy critics are calling "a laugh riot" (Larry King).System Requirements:Running Time: 116 Mins.Format: DVD HD Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 025193003027 Manufacturer No: 61030030
Meet the Parents found such tremendous success in the chemistry produced by the contrasting personalities of stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller that the film's creators went for broke with the same formula again in Meet the Fockers. This time around, Jack and Dina Byrnes (De Niro and Blythe Danner) climb into Jack's new kevlar-lined RV with daughter Pam (Teri Polo), soon-to-be son-in-law Gaylord (Stiller), and Jack's infant grandson from his other daughter for the trip to Florida to meet Gaylord's parents, Bernie and Roz Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand in a casting coup). The potential in-laws are, of course, the opposite of Jack, a pair of randy, touchy-feely fun-lovers. The rest of the movie is pretty much a sitcom: put Bernie and Roz together with Jack, and watch the in-laws clash as Gaylord squirms. As with the original, there is a sense of joy in watching these actors take on their roles with obvious relish, and the Hoffman-Streisand-Stiller triumvirate is likeable enough to draw you in. But the formula doesn't work as well in Fockers mostly because much of the humor is based on two obvious gimmicks: Gaylord Focker's name, and the fact that Streisand's character is a sex therapist. As a result, the movie itself is more contrived and predictable, and a lot less fun than the original. The casting is grand, but one wishes more thought was put into the script.--Dan Vancini
This movies was too funny! I could barely quite laughing! If you didn't think it was funny then there is probably something wrong with you! Ben Stiller is a great actor and he really shines in this comedy!...more info
- The laughs are there.
Meet the Fockers is so much better than Meet the Parents but this sequel has its flaws. The best thing about this particular film is the casting of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, they are a hoot as a weird and unapologetic couple. Ben Stiller is still annoying and Robert De Niro seems rather bored in this sequel, he probably was forced do it. Good comedy just not that memorable....more info
- A Few Precious Laughs Thanks to the 'Fockers,' Hoffman and Streisand
`Meet the Fockers' means meeting Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. That's all you have to know, and that's the best part of the film, of which script is utterly lame, and of which set-pieces are not as funny as they should be. But the Fockers, I mean, the husband and wife played by Hoffman and Streisand are so lovable, silly, and most of all, believable that you can forget all the unnecessary part of the film, and enjoy yourself watching the vintage comic acting from the couple.
Greg, no, Gaylord (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) come back as the lovers who are going to marry soon. This time, they have a bigger problem than before, and that is that they have to introduce the uptight father of the future bride, ex-CIA agent Jack to the parents of the Fockers. And the two Fockers house husband Bernie and sex therapist Roz (Hoffman and Streisand) are far from ordinary parents, who can casually talk about the `first time' of their much, much beloved son at the dinner. And to Greg's dismay, they are truly enjoying the embarrassing conversations.
And it is only natural that Jack find them a lot more embarrassing and even rude when ex-hippie Bernie makes fun of CLIA (L stands for `lack of') right before the proud Jack. The ice never breaks between the two families when they pretend it does, and the awkward relations, which get more and more awkward as the story goes on, are seen in the center of the comedy.
Unfortunately however, the script never gels. It has sparks sometimes, but clearly we see misfires oftener. There are several reasons for that ineffectiveness. Ben Stiller and Teri Polo do not look like a couple loving each other, and there are too many familiar kinds of gags involving toilet, dirty words, and a baby. To me, the greatest problem is that all the set-pieces are tired retread of `Meet the Parents.' Instead of volleyball in the original, you see football. If a cat is not good enough, there is a dog. And I admit Robert DeNiro is good, and I can say he is as good as in the first one, but don't you think that he is doing too many comedies these days?
But the couple of Hoffman and Streisand is a different thing, special gift from these veterans. They almost single-handedly save the film from the uninspired mess with their hilarious comic acting. The actors themselves may not be your favorite, but you should forget your liking or disliking for now, because these parents are so charming and credible. Especially Dustin Hoffman does one of his best performances in recent years. Probably the character of Bernie is so close to his own that some seem to say that the way Hoffman keeps on bubbling funny nonsense is exactly the impression we have about him during his interviews, and you can believe their words simply by watching the extraordinary but likable character he plays. Obviously Hoffman is in his element.
Despite the weak script and the weaker husband-wife descriptions of Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner, `Meet the Fockers' is better than I expected. Of course, that does not mean very much when I usually don't expect much from the sequels. But the family of `The Fockers' of the film's title are genuinely fun to see, and I am ready to revisit their home, even if I didn't find the film itself particularly great....more info
This predictable, corny sequel to Meet the Parents gave me a few hearty laughs when I saw it in the theater, but it seemed less funny when I rented it on DVD for my sister.
Some of the acting was great. I'm a big fan of Ben Stiller's and he delivered his usual excellent performance. The toddler was an absolute screen stealer -- can't imagine how that little guy learned to make faces, signs and laugh on cue. However, De Niro, Streisand and Hoffman all seemed a little over the edge.
The main problem with this movie was the script. There wasn't much to work with aside from obvious jokes about fornication and scatological humor. Gay Fokker takes his fianc¨¦e and her parents home to meet his eccentric parents before they tie the knot. If the dialogue had been crisper and the scenes had been a little more realistic or believable, this could have been a good follow-up to Meet the Parents, which was extremely funny.
Instead, it ended up being a mediocre comedy. Rent it if you loved Meet The Parents but be forewarned that it's not half as good.
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- meet the fockers review
Okay, first i would like to say to all of you who are giving it one time for it's "potty" humor....don't be idiots..please.
You are giving an above average comedy a bad review, because you wern't intelligent enough to know what you were getting yourself into when you decided to watch this movie. The reasoning behind my statement? The movie is titled "Meet the Fockers". What in God's name did you think you were going to see?
Anyways, this movie is pretty funny. In no way do they try to portray greg's parents as "hip" or cool to anyone. They portray them as people who arn't afraid to be themselves. Is there a problem with that? I think not. I'm guessing that to you people who use that as an excuse to give this film such a bad rating, are people who are anti-social. Or are so concerned with what "cool" is...you take every instance in which someone acts a bit differently, and immediately assume it's an attempt to be cool.
Yes, this movie is slapstick, yes it is painful to watch at times. But that's because you see the main characters setting themselves up for trouble later. However, the acting and script handle it beautifully. I just watched the movie the illusionist. I knew what would happen at the end half way through the movie, however, the way everything ties together is what made it such a great film.
Basically, this movie is a 3 and a half- 4 star film. Funny, but not brilliantly clever.
and to the guy who is nay-saying this film, talking about what retired cia folks can or can't afford.
are you serious? it's a comedy. A movie. They are not going into the film saying, okay, how can we make this movie as realistic as possible. Let's make sure every detail is completely precise, so people walk away from this movie not saying wow, that was a good laugh. But, wow, that movie sure was accurate.
Not to mention the fact that, if you knew anything about politics. I'm sure you would know about all the financial scams government officials pull. So unless you worked for the cia. You are not the person to question what is they can or can't afford.
TO EVERYONE WHO READS THESE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. REMEMBER. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WATCHING...AND DON'T LET THESE PEOPLE WHO REALLY HAVE NO LEGITIMATE ARGUMENT ABOUT WHY THIS FILM IS BAD, STEER YOU AWAY. ...more info
- An Inferior Sequel to Meet the Parents
Given the casting of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Ben Stiller's parents, along with Robert DeNiro back as the hot-tempered Jack Byrnes, you'd think that "Meet the Fockers" would be a tremendously funny movie.
Alas, I was very disappointed. The gags and dialogue don't work nearly as well as in the first film. What kind of screenwriter would think that attaching a fake breast to Robert DeNiro, or having a toddler utter profanities, or giving Greg Focker an illegitimate son, would be funny to watch?
The running joke about Greg's last name ran pretty thin in the first film, and in this one, they run it into the ground.
It's a shame so many talented actors had to work with such a lame script....more info
After seeing 'Meet The Parents', I had big expectations for this sequel. I am very disappointed.
While the first movie had a bit of bathroom humor, this one is totally overdone with sexual innuendo (that is not even remotely funny). Very little of this one is humorous at all.
It features the main characters from its predecessor and adds in Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Roz and Bernie Focker. Neither one is very funny or particularly good.
This show is pretty much a waste of an hour and a half. I recommend avoiding it....more info
- Amusing Entertainment
This is not burst your gut comedy but it was amusing and Hoffman, Streisand and DeNiro definitely had great chemistry. Lots of suttle humour. The extra features included a tongue-in-cheek documentary of Jinx the cat. I was satisfied with the use of my entertainment dollars. ...more info
- We liked it!
I don't care what anyone else said this was a laugh out loud kind of movie. Especially since I'm the daughter of a cop (and we tend to have strange senses of humor). After talking with my staff at work too we all liked this one better than the first....more info
- Leave a good thing alone
I was in high hopes for this movie because I really enjoyed the first one. And maybe my expectations for it dampened the joys of the movie. I just didn't find it funny or humorous at all. I thought it was over the top, the whole Babs being a sex therapist for the older folks...it just seemed like it was pushed, trying to be funny and not it being natural. I will say PASS...believe me when I say that you're not missing ANYTHING!!!...more info
- Better than the original!
I find it rare that a movie sequel is better than the originally. However, that is just the case with "Meet the Fockers". Maybe because I lived for five years in the Netherlands and knew people with the last name Focker, I am not shocked by the name, although I understand its comedic value. The beauty of this film is that it is a true ensemble piece. Three male/female pairs populate this nearly laugh-a-minute cinematic beauty -- the newly engaged couple and both their sets of parents. We met her parents, the straightlaced, up-tight WASPS, in the original Meet the Parents. When the original foursome team up to meet HIS parents, the eccentric Jewish ex-hippies, laughs abound. Of particular beauty is the pairing of Hoffman and Streisand. You would swear throughout the film that the pair were actually husband and wife who were still madly in love (and lust) with one another after all these years. Sure there is bathroom humor, and silly bits, but it is all put together surrounded by such amazing acting talent and funny script, that the film is a winner from opening credits to close. Buy this film, call in friends, and prepare to enjoy an evening of fun and belly laughs. And, while you're at it, if you have a dog and/or cat, make sure they're in the TV room to enjoy the show too!...more info
- Not nearly as good as the first one.
This sequel suffers from "not that funnius". The original movie had me laughing uncontrollably at times. This one is OK, but for some reason it just doesn't work. It feels like it tries to hard and despite an awesome cast, it just doesn't work....more info
- These movies are not funny
I didn't finish Meet the Parents. It was stupid, both literally and metaphorically. It was not funny. It was boring. Thank god I only rented it. I just shut off Meet the Fockers. I was expecting SOMEthing because it has Streisand and Hoffman in it. That's why I rented it. I didn't finish it either. These movies are boring, belabored, obvious and unfunny. Stupid people need entertainment too. But that's what television is for. ...more info
- The critics were right: Not funny at all!
If you have seen the first movie (Meet the Parents), you can anticipate the story line in this one: Dina (Blythe Danner) and Jack Byrnes (De Niro) finally meet Greg's (Stiller) parents Roz (Streisand) and Bernie Focker (Hoffman). Since the Byrnes' are very uptight, the Fockers must be quite the opposite. Hoffman and Streisand actually did their jobs perfectly and are the highlight of the movie. What spoils everything is, that Greg doesn't know his own parents and acts with surprise to everything they do. Boring. Many of the 'funny' scenes are highly predictable (boring again) or not funny at all. Like showing a middle finger to a one-year old could be funny? Anyway, the baby character could easily be excluded from the film. And the worst character? Definitively Owen Wilson. The audience at the theater went silent at his arrival on the scene. If you have seen Meet the Parents, you will be disappointed with this movie. It simply does not match up. I did not expect intellectual humor (like the hilarious Monty Python's Life of Brian), but the humor in this movie is really on the level of second graders. The critics were right this time....more info
- Better film than the 1st GOOD, not perfect film
I Like this film better than the 1st.
Why. Adding Dustin Hoffman & Barbra Streisand.
I am not a fan of Barbra's but she & Dustin were great in their roles to me. Added with DeNiro 3 Oscar winners.
The 3 of them with Blythe Danner are perfect in their roles.
Teri Polo has a role that is just a watcher of course.
Now, I am NOT a fan of Ben Stiller. He does his usual routine in this role as he did in the 1st & in "There's Something About Mary". Same lying, put out then blows his top role. Wish they could have gotten a better actor for the role.
And, we MOST DEFINITELY could have done WITHOUT Owen Wilson in both films.
As for the DVD, it is a good package. I like extras & this one has the kind I like. Deleted scenes, bloopers, etc.
A BIG MINUS FOR THE DVD, IT HAS THE HORRIBLE LITTLE FLIP OPEN FLAPS ON IT.
Otherwise, you should enjoy the film.
- Great Movie!
Meet The Fockers is a really good comedy movie! I really enjoyed both Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers and hope they come out with another, contrary to what the previous writer wrote. I love it! I do like Meet The Parents better though and hope if they make a sequel that it will be alongs the line of Meet The Parents and without all the other characters like Meet The Fockers....more info
- Two Hours of Fun?
I think -yes.
I am not a big fan of sequels, toilet humor, little dogs humping everything that moves, overdone baby jokes, "Fockered" jokes, and Ben Stiller. Barbra Streisand is not on my list of the favorite actors, either. But I saw "Meet the Fockers", I laughed out loud, I liked it a lot and I may see it again on DVD. Dustin Hoffman was hilarious - wild and crazy; together with Streisand they made a great team. Streisand was very funny as a Jewish Mama (I am dying to say Mother Focker - but it's been said hundreds times already. Well, I did say that :)) - Sex Therapist for octogenarians. They were the best things about the movie, and it was enough for me to spend very nice two hours (my husband and my son enjoyed it, too. Actually, it's been quite some time since I saw my husband laughing so hard at the movies).
3.5/5 or 7/10
- A funny sequel that's worth watching!
Reuniting the same cast from `Meet the Parents' and brilliantly adding Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand to the mix as Greg's parents Bernie and Roz Focker, `Meet the Fockers' is saved from ruination. Yes, as many have already mentioned, the plot truly follows the first film. Jack (De Niro) is still weary of Greg (Stiller) and is trying to convince his daughter Pam (Polo) to steer clear of marrying him. But this time around Greg has moral support in the form of his parents.
As the complete opposites to Jack, both Roz and Bernie are loving parents who smother Greg with commendation and praise while Jack is quick to tear him down. Dustin Hoffman steals the show from Robert De Niro this time, but De Niro still delivers none-the-less. Streisand is fantastic as Roz and Blythe is still hilarious in her naivety. Sadly, even with a sequel, Teri Polo fails to rise above the background. Her character may not be as developed as the others but she still could have elevated her performance. I read the other day that Naomi Watts lost this role to Teri Polo, and all I kept thinking was that after seeing what Naomi was able to do with her character in `I Heart Huckabees' that she would have been a much better choice for this film.
Oh well, no use in complaining now. So, it's not as original, but with De Niro still on board and Hoffman and Streisand recruited `Meet the Fockers' is still an enjoyable and hilarious ride...plus you get to see Robert De Niro breast feed a baby and that alone is priceless!...more info
- Meet The Fockers - A Sequel Without Class
The charming, comical "Meet The Parents" made me eager to see the sequel, "Meet The Fockers". "Meet The Fockers" promised to be even better given the addition of Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman to the mix. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
"Meet The Fockers" is filled with repetitive, low-class humor, embarrassing to listen to with family. The only redeeming part of the dvd are two documentaries: Jinx the Cat (where true tongue in cheek humor emerges) and the Baby Wrangler. Trust me, you do not want to Meet The Fockers....more info
- Excellent Sequel
I have not seen too many sequels that are as good or better than the first movie. However, this is a classic with a continuation of the domination that Robert De Niro has over his daughter.
I never anticipated Ben Stiller's family being so different than what was betrayed in the first movie. I highly recommend watching both of these movies "back to back."...more info
- One Hilarious Focker
Meet the Parents is one of those Ben Stiller vehicles that's so slapstick in its hilarity that it can actually make you feel uncomfortable. It's funny, but it's almost disturbingly funny, such that if you make the mistake of imagining yourself in Greg "Gaylord" Focker's (Ben Stiller) shoes, you want to hide under your seat.
Meet the Fockers takes the conceit of the original movie one step further. Greg's already met his fianc¨¦e's (Pam Byrnes, played by Teri Polo) family, including Pam's pleasant mother Dina (Blythe Danner), her nephew Jack (Spencer and Bradley Pickren), and her domineering father Jack (Robert De Niro). It's now time for that momentous meeting that all engaged couples dread: the family meeting. It's time, finally, to meet the parents who named their son Gaylord Focker.
Thus begins a road trip down to Florida to meet Greg's parents, played hippie pitch-perfect by Barbara Streisand as Rozalin (a special kind of therapist for older couples who want to be more intimate) and Dustin Hoffman as Bernie, the over-supportive, super-pal of a dad. Mix the Byrnes with the Fockers and stir.
The additional twist is Little Jack, representing a flashpoint of parenting debate. Jack's childrearing is strict and disciplinarian one hand (the Byrnes hand, if you couldn't guess) and the free-love, do-it-if-it-feels-good empowerment of the Fockers.
Streisand and Hoffman are the real treat here. Their parental struggles and angst, or lack thereof, are what make the film. If you're a fan of either, you won't be disappointed.
If you are recently married or have a kid, the movie's struggle over childrearing is a very funny debate indeed. If you don't, then Meet the Fockers is probably only mildly amusing. Since my son was born the same month I saw his movie, it had particular comedic resonance, and my parents (who are definitely Focker-types) and my wife laughed all the way through....more info
- A great sequel to one of the best comedy films ever!
Without a doubt, a great sequel to one of the best comedy films ever!
As if the chemistry between Robert DeNiro, the father in law of Greg Focker, played by Ben Stiller, a male nurse that married the woman of his dreams, played by Teri Polo was not enough to make a classic comedy... Bernie and Roz Focker join this winning team!
Meet the Fockers is a superb sequel to Meet the Parents. Now, it is the turn for the bride's parents, Jack and Dina Byrnes, played by De Niro and Blythe Danner, to meet the groom's parents.
With Gaylord and Pam, they travel in their new RV to Florida. They also bring with them their infant grandson from their other daughter, and the kid delivers some of the best lines of this film... Still to today... when we want to laugh, we find ourselves saying.... Ash-whole!!!
Gaylord's parents, Bernie and Roz Focker, played by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand are simply magnificent. As with great comedy, they play opposites to DeNiro, and rather than strict and controlling, they are care-free, touchy-feely... fun-loving parents.
You should not miss this movie if you want to laugh and enjoy... one of the great sequels to one of the best comedy films ever!
- Of course Ben Stiller makes the movie.
anything with that of ben stiller you know will be somewhat creative and funny as all get out. however, i did not find 'meet the fockers' nearly half as funny as 'meet the parents' to be honest i don't really think they should have made this "sequel" at all. yeah, it was funny. but i think the first movie pretty much left off at a perfect place. yeah, in part I we didn't meet greg's parents, but still, i just don't think this sequel did justice compared to the first one.
funny, all you would expect from ben stiller
kind of running in circles, their wasn't much need for a sequel
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- WELL, IT'S FUNNY
I was worried about the sequel to "Meet the Parents" thinking it might turn out to be rather boring and far less funny than the first part, like it often happens. But I was worrying in vain. "Meet the Fockers" lived up to its predecessor. Certainly the first part was more sophisticated and laughable, but we all know it's always difficult to keep the same level whatsoever. There's a lot of blunt humor here (like a scene with Greg's foreskin), but there's also many situational jokes that make this film just hilarious. And actually it's not the wisecracks themselves that matter, but the way they are delivered by Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller. I was laughing like mad throughout the whole movie, even when there seemed to be nothing to laugh at. But the way De Niro talks and makes faces can't leave you indifferent.
Screenwriters did a very good job, they wrote Greg's parents, who are played by Hoffman and Streisand, so vivid and thruthful, all I want to say is "bravo!". From the first moment we see them, it's obvious they are just so not like Pam's parents, and it's getting crystal clear there's gonna be trouble.
Dustin Hoffman is the greatest acquisition of the film. I know he had plenty of serious, world-known movies, but this part is truly one of his best.
The edition has interesting extras, and the principal one is a blooper-reel, which sometimes is even more funny than the movie itself.
- Pretty good sequel
This was a good movie. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. I liked Meet the Parents, but you never know about sequels. I will say this one was good and did what good sequels do. It takes advantage of character development to get to more jokes. I think you could probably enjoy the movie even if you hadn't seen the first, but I think it helps to understand a bit about the relationship between Jack and Gaylord.
The basic premise of the movie is that Pam's family has to meet Greg's family. Jack, being straight laced and stoic as he is, isn't ready for the affectionate Focker family. The family seems to be getting along well until Jack shoots Gaylord with Sodium Pentathol, truth serum, and he reveals a lot of things during speech. Things get tumultuous. The thing I like best, and this is kind of a spoiler, is how dedicated Pam is to Gaylord throughout the movie and she stay dedicated and in love throughout. She doesn't act particularly well, I thought, but it was touching.
I would recommend this movie if you liked the first.