Movie Review
Meet the Fockers
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By Gareth Von Kallenbach     Published December 22, 2004
US Release: December 22, 2004

Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Ben Stiller , Robert De Niro , Dustin Hoffman , Barbra Streisand

Running Time: 114 minutes
Domestic Box Office: $279,167,575
A very funny and charming romp that will provide a fantastic holiday treat.
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 fianc? 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 Jack?s good side and in the ?circle of trust? in order to make his pending marriage to Pam go smoothly.

The clan makes the journey in Jack?s state of the art Kevlar plated RV that underscores the fact that Jack still has a hard time letting go of his former CIA life. Upon arriving in Florida, Greg is horrified by his father Bernard?s (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. 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 and just waiting to strike.

Naturally the comedic moments fly fast and furious. Everything from the dog flushing the cat, 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 blend very well with the cast and it is obvious everyone is having a great time.

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 loser, the film is a very funny and charming romp that will provide a fantastic holiday treat.
Gareth's Grade: B
Gareth's Overall Grading: 50 graded movies
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  • Craig's review B-
    December 23, 2004    This movie is more concerned with just being a light and airy comedy, mainly just discussing sex and body parts. -- Craig Younkin