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Meet the Fockers

The Diva's review of
Meet The Fockers (2004)

Meet the Fockers Rated PG -13; running time of 114 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written By: John Hamburg, James Herzfeld
Directed by: Jay Roach
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo


The Digest

Greg and Pamela are finally planning their weeding, but before they can go through the plans, they have to introduce their parents to one another. Greg is terrified. As conservative as Jack and Dina are (Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner) Bernie and Roz (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) are that liberal. Greg fears that he will lose his place in the circle of trust because his parents are hold-overs from the 60s.

Now if it were anyone other than Jack, Greg would have nothing to worry about. Sure he “embellished” on the occupations of his parents. Bernie is not a high powered attorney. He won a few cases then decided to be a stay at home dad – practically unheard of for his generation. And Roz isn’t a doctor of medicine – she is indeed a doctor, but a sex therapist for geriatrics. This wouldn’t be so bad if she didn’t have phallic symbols of fertility decorating the house. It also wouldn’t be so bad if Bernie and Roz did express their love for one another so freely. Conversations laces with double entendre’s and loud sex proves to be too much for Jack and he takes refuse in his high tech RV.

Even though Dina doesn’t have an issue with the antics and tries her best to get Jack to be reasonable, nothing seems to work. In fact Jack is spending so much time with baby Jack, the young child of their other daughter, that Dina is actually feeling neglected. Ever keen Roz picks up on this and decides to help Jack and Dina get back on the straight and narrow. But will that be enough? Jack believes that Bernie and Roz are practically at the bottom of worthiness. He has suspicions that Greg fathered a son who he doesn’t give a damn about. And to top it off – his toilet is broken because his cat flushed their dog down the toilet.

Whew! It is going to take a lot of work to get this family fixed, can they just learn to accept each other as is, and allow Greg and Pam to be happy together?

The Dish

Meet the Fockers was as funny as it could have been. I remember laughing until I cried during Meet the Parents. This movie just seemed to busy too me. Something was always going wrong as in the first one, but this time it seemed a little contrived and out of place. The Focker jokes wore on me about half-way through and I quickly got tired of Jack. I would have had to put him on notice. Grow up and act right or go home. There were a few plot holes especially concerning the segment about the truth serum. It was pretty glaring so I have to mention it.

All this said, I have to say that I was so happy to see La Striesand back on screen. I didn’t realize how much she was missed and her comedic timing is impeccable. She was also so believable as doting mother who really loves her child. I have to hope that it wasn’t that much of stretch for her. She also looks very good. She’s in her 60’s now, which isn’t old anywhere, but in Hollywood. Nonetheless, she looks awesome and while I suspect her hair would be gray without dye, she is proudly wearing her few wrinkles and the extra 5 pounds one picks up naturally. I love it when an actress thumbs her noses at Hollywood and tells them she will be who she is naturally and too bad if you don’t get that. I hope she sticks around for awhile and graces us with a few more performances. She’s only made 17 movies over her career, but he presence is so big, one thinks she’s made 117.

Dustin Hoffman was surprisingly funny to me. I’ve seen Tootsie, so I don’t know why I was surprised, but he caught me off guard. Scene stealers Alanna Ubach and Tim Blake Nelson were a riot.

Ben Stiller and Teri Polo just kind of hold back and let the legends work. I think they were in awe to be in such company as the 4 who play their parents that they rightfully let them take center stage – I do wish they would give Ms. Danner a little more to do.

The Directive

Not as funny as I hoped, but I think it’s a decent movie to catch on Christmas day with your family.



  Funny – not focking funny, but funny.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2004
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