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So usually a sequel (Meet the Fockers is the sequel to Meet the Parents) can never and never does live up to the first film. Meet the Fockers however is the very exception to this rule and in my opinion is even better than the film that came before it.
Meet the Fockers tells the tale of a couple whose two families finally meet before their wedding, resulting in hilarious consequences. The storyline, while it may sound chliched, is original and captivating, especially considering Jack's secret job as an ex CIA agent!
All the much-loved characters from the previous film are back including the Pam-obsessed Kevin alongside some new characters. The casting is excellent, with the new characters of Greg's parents played excellently by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand.
This film is a definite watch to brighten the mood and is an excellent film to watch with family or friends, and is full to the brim with 'laugh out loud' moments!
Meet the Fockers is the sequel to Meet the Parents that I loved as well. I can't decide which movie was the best one and to be honest I think they are both pretty on a level par and are both equally funny. This particular movie was released in 2004 and once again stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Teri Polo. In this second film they have added Dustin Hoffman Barbara Streisand as Greg's parents that certainly enhances this offering.
The plot as with the first movie is pretty simple to be honest with you. In the first film Robert De Niro who plays a retired CIA agent had given his daughter Pam permission to marry Gaylord 'Greg' Focker finally, and in this sequel we see the whole family travel to Miami to meet Greg's parents. If you thought there was chaos in the original then just wait until these two families collide.
Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand play Bernie and Roz Focker and are a little different and off the wall to what Jack and his family are used to. Roz is a sex therapist for the elderly and Bernie was an unorthodox prosecutor who finished work to stay at home when Greg was born and never went back. Roz and Bernie are very liberal and free spirited and Jack and Dina are far more conservative. This makes the classic ingredients for another great comedy as these two traditions come head to head.
I loved this sequel too as there were some great comedic situations again and is slight different to the first film. In Meet the Parents alot of the comedy was generated by Greg, eager to impress, messing up at every opportunity and Pam's family ganging up on him. Jack was in control. However, the sequel is more geared towards the clashes between the two sets of Parents and Greg and Pam caught in the middle of it all. Jack's power over his family starts to wain as the movie progresses as he goes too far with his suspicions of Greg.
If you've not seen the original movie see that first but this is a great sequel and well worth watching as is just as funny as the first and the cast are fantastic once again in making this happen.
This film is the sequel to the film Meet the Parents. In the last film we met the Byrnes family, this time its time to Meet the Fockers. With Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) now engaged its time for both sets of parents to meet and for the wedding planning to start.
With Dina (Blythe Danner) and Jack (Robert Di Nero) Joining Pam and Greg on their travels to visit the Focker family. They are also joined by a new development to the Byrnes family baby Jack who is being babysat by his grandparents Dina and Jack whilst his parents are off helping out at a hospital that they helped open on their honeymoon.
The focker family are completely different to the Byrnes. With Roz Focker (Barbara Streisand) being a sex therapist and Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) being a former lawer who gave it all up to be a stay at home dad when Greg was born. Bernie is a loving father to Greg who is very in touch with his feelings. This is a complete contrast to Jack.
I love the parents in this movie. The couples work really well together and there is a real contrast between the two. The Fockers are very open even with their sexuality and sex life whereas the Byrnes family is very stiff in comparison. The Fockers really help the Byrnes family to open up and to enjoy life.
There are some real twists and turns in this movie, including some that you would never forget as well as some really funny bits including the scene where Bernie decides to try to get everyone to talk about their first sexual experiences while embarrassing his son and his future in laws. The Byrnes are not so comfortable in these situations and its quite funny seeing Jack in this kind of thing where he is the kind of person who like to have complete control over his life.
I really liked this movie especially a lot more than the first one I think that's because of the introduction if both sets of parents. I really like the Focker family, they really made me laugh and they really had that kind of heart warming feeling to them
I just watched Meet The Fockers on TV and laughed all the way through it, I haven't seen the first film but this one was done so you could suss out what was happening without seeing the films in order.
Greg Focker and Pam Byrnes are about to get married and the whole film is more or less about their dysfunctional families. They are all the original characters from the first film but in Meet The Fockers there is a new addition a baby called Little Jack. Pam's dad is played by Robert De Niro and he's ex CIA who doesn't want Pam marrying Greg, he doesn't exactly dislike Greg but he doesn't think he's good enough for his daughter.
Dustin Hoffman plays Bernie Focker and he's my fave character in the film, he's not as majorly comical as the rest of them but he is just soooooo comical! I'm laughing now just thinking of his face when he realises how uptight and serious Pam's dad is. Her mum is a nicer person but Jack tells her what to do, she loosens up good when the Fockers turn up and it's good to see her come out of her shell.
The things that makes me laugh the most are all the gadgets Jack has from his CIA days, he puts Greg under surveillance and even injects him with a truth serum before his wedding speech! I love the way De Niro is with the baby because he's proper strict to teach him some discipline but when the Fockers arrive they spoil him on the snide and Jack wonders why Little Jack is being a bit naughty..... Greg even accidentally teaches him to say asshole! pmsl!
This is a wicked comedy and I'm deffo going to look out for Meet The Parents. I've never been much into Ben Stiller but he's wicked as Greg, he's got that whacked out look and acts like such a twat that you kinda can't blame Jack for not seeing the funny side! I love the innocent look he's got in this film because watching it you know none of the stress is his fault but you can still see why everyone thinks it is.
The woman who plays Pam is a brill choice too, her name's Teri Polo and I think she does proper well next to megastars like Barbara Streisand and De Niro. She plays a bit of a frumpy character but I love how you see her come to life a bit as the film goes on and she realises how much she loves Greg and needs to stand up to her dad.
Recommended.... if you like laughs and silliness!!!
Meet The Parents was a really funny film, showing that Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller can indeed be on the same comedy level, and that situational comedy van be turned into a really funny and successful feature film on the big screen.
This sequel was something I was dreading, to be honest, not sure of whether they would manage to pull it off, or whether it would turn out to be one of those that should have stopped at the success of the first film. Stiller reprises his role as Greg Focker, who has successfully negotiated meeting girlfriend Pam's (Teri Polo) family, most notably her father, ex-CIA agent Jack (De Niro). Now comes the big test. With an impending marriage around the corner, it's time to meet Greg's family, the Fockers. The results? Hilarious.
De Niro is suitably stiff and proper as the man who can't let go of the CIA agent in him, and his on screen collaboration with Stiller is once again a comedy wonder to behold. But it's the addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as Greg's parents Bernie and Rozalin that wins the prize for show stealing. It's almost as if the pair of them have been rejuvenated in picking the roles of the Fockers. Both performances are excellent.
The situational comedy is almost too hard to watch. You can see what's going to happen telegraphed from a mile off, but far from being a spoiler, the ignorance of the characters to their impending disasters and embarrassment is brilliant, and makes it impossible to look away. Incidents such as sexual encounters with the housemaid, saving water by not flushing, and the casual and open way of being naked the Fockers like to employ, all serve to grate against Jack's will and morals, and this provides the majority of the laughs.
The veteran actors are very much left to their own devises, and Stiller almost takes a back seat in this film. He and De Niro were the main laugh suppliers in the first film, but Hoffman and De Niro are a great on screen pairing, one you would never think would work but which seems rather perfect. There is supposedly a third film in the series coming out next year. I hope, once again, that they manage to ensure the comedy value remains and that nothing is forced, that the predictability maintains the comedy effect and that the characters remain from this film. I really enjoyed watching this. At times you want to shake your head (with that knowing smile on your face), at others you can't help but laugh, and knowing what is inevitably around the corner doesn't change how enjoyable the whole thing is.
I found this a very funny film. Not quite as good as the first film, as it loses a certain sense of originality in thsi respect, but well worth the watch. Definitely worth watching after having seen the first film, Meet The Parents, but as sequels go, it's pretty good. Currently available from amazon.co.uk for low prices, it's a film I happily recommend.
It is very rare that I fully appreciate a sequel, much less go to the extent of saying that the sequel is better than the original film- but after having watched Meet the Fockers, I have to say that it certain exceeds Meet the Parents in terms of humor and cringe worthiness. For those of you who found the first movie enthrallingly funny, I believe you might just enjoy this one as much as I did. The addition of the Focker family to the previously original cast can simply be defined as an addition to the comical dimension of the film as a whole.
Gaylord Greg Focker seems to have finally earned his way in the Circle of Trust. As a result, Jack and Dina Byrnes, his future parents-in-law are coming down to meet his parents. Through a typical Focker-filled weekend, the two families discover that they happen to be as different as could be. Between the conservative Dina, strict Jack Byrnes and the openly sexual, carefree Focker parents, not to mention the maid who had sex with Greg when he was a teenager- will all of them be able to get along or will Greg and Pam realize that they might not be made for each other after all?
Like I mentioned above, I happened to like this film more than the original version. The reason is because I never found something as funny as combining these two families together. I would say that this was a devilishly hilarious move from the part of the producers- if the audience found Greg different from the Byrnes in the first movie, his parents are even more different than him in this one. I have to admire the setting that was chosen by the movie-makers in order to throw these differences into a sharper contrast- the clothing, the trailer, the house, as well as the articulation and body language of the two set of families were extremely well-done in terms of comparing the Fockers to the Bynes.
I loved Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner as Jack and Dina in Meet the Parents- but even I have to admit that they had some serious competition in the form of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Bernie and Rozalin Focker. Streisand was simply breathtaking in a role that seemed to be have been cut out just for her; her posture and line delivery were all so smooth that she fitted my expectations of Rozalin's Focker perfectly. On the other hand though, Hoffman was good, but I would say that he seemed a little tense with his lines in a couple of scenes. The two actors who previously played the Byrnes family were amazing and nearly perfect, as usual.
However, I don't know if it was the pressure of having more emphasis on him in this film, but to me, Ben Stiller did not seem as fluid and natural as he did in Meet the Parents. He was seemingly hesitant at times, and I was disappointed to see the lack of mind-blowing funny facial expressions which he used to master before. I would say that this was the slight downfall to a film that I would still rate as 5 stars because of the sheer funniness of it. Teri Polo was nice as usual- I was not overly impressed with her in this film, despite the fact that she delivered quite a good performance. I think that the older cast was so strikingly marvellous in Meet the Parents that they somewhat overshadowed the other remaining actors.
* Robert De Niro
* Ben Stiller
* Dustin Hoffman
* Barbra Streisand
* Blythe Danner
* Terri Polo
* Owen Wilson
* Alanna Uback
* Ray Santigo
* Extended and Deleted Scenes
* Behind the Scenes Featurettes
I have to say that the extras were quite bland after the hysterical laughter provided by the movie. In addition, I always love commentary tracks so I can watch the film again with the director's explanations by my DVD sadly lacked that feature.
Overall, I would certainly recommend this film to absolutely everyone for sheer entertainment. There was some really, really unexpected twists and turns to the plot, and even a slight touch of suspense and drama to keep those who aren't so keen on funny movies intrigued till the very end. I usually go for romantic comedies only, but despite the fact that a wedding looms in the shadow of this film, there was no romantic atmosphere or dialogue as such. I was far from being disappointed though- this is sheer humoristic entertainment at its best.
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Meet the Parents was released in 2000 to huge critical and commercial success. It was only inevitable that a sequel would be released, and with the news that Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand would be paired together as Greg Focker's parents, there was a lot of hope that it might rekindle at least some of the charm of the original film.
Meet the Fockers does pale, but it makes good on a really great cast here. My only real complaint is that it doesn't just pay homage to the jokes from the original film, but in many ways it recycles them and expects the audience to lap it up a second time without any complaints.
The premise is very simple - Greg Focker, his fiance Pam (Teri Polo), Pam's parents (played by Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner), Pam's nephew and their troublesome cat travel to meet Roz (Streisand) and Bernie Focker (Hoffman). From here numerous zany capers ensue as you can expect, and Greg is once again made the forefront of embarassment. He also has to deal with some unexpected personal news from a long time back, meaning he will have to grow and mature into a responsible man.
Without the cast, this would be a pretty murky cash-in of a sequel - it's not great by any means, but it's zany and scattershot enough that it hits just as often, if not more, than it misses. It's by no means perfect and has a lot of flaws, but it still manages to exude some charm, and was successful enough that a third installment, Little Fockers, is due next year.
An amusing little film that doesn't quite live up to the original but gets by on the performances of all involved, namely DeNiro, Stiller, Streisand and Hoffman.
Meet the Fockers is of course the follow up film to the highly successful film Meet the Parents. This film follows Greg and Pam as they introduce their parents to one another. When I first watched this I was desperate for it to live up to its predecessor but this rarely happens in films, however I'm glad to say this did a very good job! This is a film only review.
Greg knows what Pam's family are like and therefore is worried about taking the trip to his parents. He is also worried about what Pam's father Jack will think of his family as they couldn't be more opposite! In order to minimise any problems Greg makes sure he plans every aspect of their trip. However, Jack makes sure he completely messes this up by purchasing an RV and insisting that instead they will drive to Greg's parents, and take their Grandson along too!
At this point the viewer knows very little about Greg's family but when they arrive at his parents house we soon realise why Greg was so keen to plan the trip and was not particularly keen on Jack meeting his parents! His parents are the complete opposite to Pam's and turn out to be sex-addicts, with his mother (played by the excellent Barbara Streisand) teaching sex classes to the elderly!
The film is very similar to the first in the fact that although it tells the story over the time, there are a lot of smaller issues within the film therefore keeping the comedy fresh and new. Greg encounters a number of problems on the trip including trying to hide all of his mothers 'exotic' ornaments from Pam's parents, his father telling all about how he lost his virginity to the housemaid and a disastrous babysitting incident! Greg is still really trying to impress Jack and it is amusing watching none of it work whatsoever. However, you do feel very sorry for Greg when Jack is still using old CIA tactics on him!
I really enjoyed this film and was pleasantly surprised. I did not expect it to be such a good film as I had such high expectations after my love for the original. Although personally I don't believe it to be anywhere near as good as the original, it is still a very strong film and an enjoyable watch. The appearance of Streisand for me was really enjoyable and she (like all of the actors in the film) played her character superbly and was a true credit to the film. The chemistry between her and Hoffman who played her husband was brilliant and they worked terrifically together. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the first film or anyone who is looking for a laugh a minute comedy! The actors in this film are very strong and it is well worth a watch!
There are a number of big names in this film including Ben Stiller (Greg), Teri Polo (Pam), Robert DeNiro (Jack), Blythe Danner (Dina), Dustin Hoffman (Bernie) and Barbara Streisand (Roz). The film was released in 2004 and runs for 113 minutes. It is rated a 12 but there is a lot of sexual references in it so do be aware of this. The DVD is currently available in a box set with the original for just £4.98 from Amazon which I think is well worth it!
I watched this again on Saturday night and this film does not fail to deliver the laughs. The cast is excellent with the oldies really stealing the show. De Niro and Hoffman dance around each other in a comedy ballet of the first order. These two are old hands and they look like they are really enjoying the roles that they play. Barbara Streisand is brilliantly embarrasing as Ben Stillers mum Roz and Blythe Danner reprises her role as the long suffering Dina.
This film picks up where meet the parents left off. Greg and Pam are off to Florida to see Gregs parents (The Fokers) and to introduce Pam's parents (The Byrnes'). The minute you see Gregs parents you just know that things are not going to go as planned. Bernie is a retired Human Rights lawyer whose pet hate is the CIA and the Government and Roz is a sex therapist with just the right touch of hippy. The house is absolutley littered with sex manuals and figures which Greg hopelessly tries to hide. The toilet flushing cat also makes an appearence and when he does there is blue murder!!! Owen Wilson even makes an appearence. A Ben Stiller film without Owen Wilson would not be right really.
There is nothing deep and meaningful about this film, it is all about having a laugh and it does just what it should. It takes full advantage of every misunderstood situation it can and pulls the maximum laughs out of it. It relies on good acting and comic timing and each of these actors is well cast in their part. I think it is even funnier than the first film and I can watch it again and again and it cheers me up. I am looking forward to the third installment The Little Fokkers, due out in 2010. It has a lot to live up to with two first class prequels, but I have high hopes. This is perfect Saturday night viewing and I defy anyone not to laugh at the circumsision joke.
This is one of those rare films, a sequal that is equal to if not funnier thatn the first film. It really gives some really belly laughs and some real cringe worthy moments. The funniest bit has to be when Greg is left to babysit. The outcome is just hilarious. The most cringworthy bit is shared by two scenes, the fake boob that Robert De Niro wears to feed the baby and the moment that Greg takes a drink of expressed milk, ugh!
Meet the Fockers sees the return of Ben Stiller as Greg Focker and his fiance Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) as their wedding fast approaches. The pair decide that since the families have yet to meet they will take time out to have a break away with Pam's parents Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina (Blythe Danner) in Miami where they will meet and stay with Greg's parents Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Mother Focker Roz (Barbara Streisand).
Greg's parents are still hippies with mother Roz working as a sex therapist for elderly couples and his father Bernie a lawyer who became mother figure for Greg when he was born. Can Greg stop his parents from being too much like they are or will they ruin all and end up causing Pam's father Jack to call off the wedding?
This film is the follow up to the hugely successful Meet the Parents and delivers the laughs once again to a high quality and large volume. The film is once again blessed with a hugely impressive cast who manage to deliver amazing performances and the laughs throughout. The movie is another that I truly love as it is so fantastic in the plot, the script and the entire feel of the movie being perfect.
Meet the Fockers really is an exceptional film that I fell in love with upon watching it in the cinema. The film is available for just £2.50 which is a great deal for a film that will provide you with so much entertainment. I really would recommend this film, especially if you have seen the original Meet the Parents film and enjoyed it. The film was originally released in January 2005 and is a romantic comedy. The film achieved 2 wins out of a total of 5 nominations which is very good. This really does provide some first class home entertainment and I really would recommend it! The film stars Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller once again and they really are superb in this film.
The film is about Gregg Focker who finally has been given permission from the very strict former CIA dad of his wife. As a result of this approval the parents come over to Miami to meet up with Greg's parents, which is his worst nightmare! The comedy in this lies with just how different they are in every way. Again some absolutely hilarious scenes occur and it really will make you laugh over and over again.
I found this film to be an excellent sequel to the original Meet the Parents that I was very impressed with. I found this film to be just as entertaining and full of humour. As I said the acting is superb and the story line is very good, I am supprised with how they got away with the title of the film though! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
Meet the Fockers was released four years after the prequel, Meet the Parents. It was again directed by Jay Roach.
Instead of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) meeting his girlfriend's parents, he invites them to meet the Fockers. Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is back as the controlling father and new characters are introduced such as Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Rozalin Focker (Barbra Streisand). The problem this time being that Greg's parents are very different to Jack and Dina.
This is actually a great sequel. I wasn't convinced before I saw it but rented it anyway and was pleasantly surprised. Even though the storyline and most of the scenes are pretty unrealistic to your average viewer, it's still just as funny as the first and it wasn't as strange seeing De Niro in a comedy role anymore, after Meet the Parents.
I do, however, think a third film would be too much and they should really leave it that and not ruin it. There are only so many jokes and plots you can come up with in regards to meeting parents.
I highly recommend this if you've watched Meet the Parents or you want to pick up a light, funny comedy for the night.
Meet the Fockers is the sequel to the very funny and popular Meet the Parents, where the unfortunately named Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) visited his girlfriend Pam's parents to ask them for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately her father Jack Byrnes (Robert DeNiro) was not very accomodating and the two tousled for most of the film before reaching a slightly uneasy truce.
In this second film, Gaylord and Pam (Teri Polo) are engaged, and Pam's parents are off to meet Gaylord's mum and dad. Unfortunately, unlike Pam's straitlaced parents (Jack was a CIA agent and has very high standards), Gaylord's mother is a sex therapist and she and her husband are somewhat more extroverted than Jack would like. Of course the contrast between the two sets of parents, and Gaylord and Pam's embarrassment and anxiety are both played for comedic effect throughout.
But is it any good? Actually yes, surprisingly it is not bad. The first film was hilarious though often cringe-worthy, and the sequel keeps the same amount of cringing with just a few less laughs. Some of the material seems a bit rehashed from the first film and some of the set pieces are very reminiscent of earlier ones, but most are still funny. There's a bit too much play on Gaylord's name, which gets a little tedious, but it's not too irritating.
I find Stiller less annoying than usual in these two films, and the rest of the cast is also incredibly impressive, as alongside DeNiro we have Blythe Danner as Pam's mum, and Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as Mr and Mrs Focker.
In general comedy sequels do not live up to the original, but I think this one comes reasonably close and if you liked the first film I can't imagine that you wouldn't find some laughs in this one. I'd be happy to watch it again one day, which I don't say about too many films. Basically as long as you recognise that this isn't trying to be the best film ever, and as long as you're not opposed to a bit of toilet humour, I think you should enjoy it.
Both films are available in a boxed set for just £4.98 from Amazon.co.uk which is really good value for money.
Can this film do what only a few films can, which is be better than the sequel. In one word, no!. However that is not saying this is not a very good film, none the less. This time Ben Stiller's character Greg has to deal with the inlaws meeting his own parents and it makes for hilarious consequences.
The original cast is kept the same, with the addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as Greg's parents. There are still a lot of the 'focker' jokes and male nurse jokes and thankfully these are still quite amusing, however there is one too many. Robert De Niro of course as awesome as the ex CIA agent. I used to think a few years ago that De Niro's one weakness was comedy, but he has been excellent in this film and the first. To add a note though, Dustin Hoffman was the star of this film and Barbara Streisand wasn't half bad either. There is even time for the comical Owen Wilson to make a short appearance which was hit or miss. I found the cameo very amusing but I have friends who thought it was utterly pointless. I can't really say much else about the plot except that this time everyone is meeting Greg's parents and if I say anymore then it will ruin the plot.
Overall a funny film, not as good as the first, but definetily not a flop and if you enjoy comedy and have not seen this film, then it is one to check out. A three star film for me.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand.
Running Length: 115 minutes
Meet the parents was a classic, and hilarious movie, following that terrible moment when you meet your future parents-in-law for the first time. Now that has been accomplished it is time for the next milestone - the coming together of the two families.
So the Byrnes family takes a RV down to Focker island so each family can get to know each other.
OK, this movie is still pretty good, but it is, unfortunately, not nearly close to the level of Meet the Parents. The humor is quite obvious and tires and in places not at all funny.
To counter the sometimes lackluster script we are presented with an excellent cast, Robert De Nero, Ben Stiller, Dunstan Hoffman and Barbra Streisand in the same movie, it's got to be good. Each character gives excellent performances.
If you enjoyed Meet the Parents then give this a shot, just don't except it to be of the same quality, or you will be disappointed,
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