Meet the Fockers

Meet the Fockers

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

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Jay Roach
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
And you thought your parents were embarrassing.
Misery loves family.

Jack Byrnes:
I don't care if they did call you Larry Poppins. You are completely unfit to handle a child.

Greg Focker:
It was Barry Poppins.

Jack Byrnes:
What kind of a sick cocktail were you going to make my grandson?

Roz Focker:
Jack, the baby's teething. I told Greg to give him some rum to ease the pain.

Jack Byrnes:
It was your idea?

Roz Focker:

Jack Byrnes:
What is wrong with you people?!

Bernie Focker:
You people?

Dina Byrnes:
I used to rub bourbon on Denny's gums.

Jack Byrnes:
Yeah! Look what happened to him. Greg, you couldn't follow a simple set of instructions?

Greg Focker:
Jack, he was screaming. So I went in and I gave him a little attention. Okay?

Jack Byrnes:
He's learning to self-soothe. These setbacks are disastrous for his development.

Roz Focker:
The child is adorable, but you're not raising Little Buddha over here.

Greg Focker:

Jack Byrnes:
What are you saying?

Roz Focker:
I'm saying that I have seen that kid eat at least 15 boogers since he's been here. And I've got news for you, Jack,. Prodigies don't eat their own boogers.

Jack Byrnes:
And I have news for you. Prodigies don't come in 10th place every time either.

Pam Byrnes:
Okay, Dad. That's my fiancee.

Jack Byrnes:
I'm sorry. It's just that I've never seen people celebrate mediocrity the way you do.

Roz Focker:
Why? Because we love our son? We hug our son? Let's get down to it. The truth is, you're so concerned about that Little Jack, but I think that it's the Little Jack in you that is crying out for a hug.

Jack Byrnes:
The Little Jack in me? [Greg is getting extremely frustrated]

Roz Focker:
Jack, you have issues. I'm trying to understand why you run around with a rubber boob strapped to your chest. I mean, were you ever breastfed?

Greg Focker:
Mom, stop.

Bernie Focker:
Key question!

Roz Focker:
My guess is no.

Jack Byrnes:
Would you spare my the drugstore psychology?

Greg Focker:
[everyone starts arguing] Everybody! All right. Everybody just... Everybody just STOP! Okay?! [the arguing stops] Jack, I'm not going to make any excuses. Yes, Little Jack wouldn't stop crying, so I gave him some hugs and I let him watch TV. I went to answer the phone, I was gone a second, I came back in, he let himself out of the playpen, he put on Scarface, and he glued his hands to the rum bottle. Okay? That's it.

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