Meet the Fockers

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As funny if not funnier than the first one

on 5/27/2005

Sequels are usually not as good as the original, but Meet the Fockers did not disappoint me. I have seen this movie twice already; the first time was on an overseas flight. I was laughing out loud. Hoffman, Streisand and De Niro are great. I never thought they could be so funny together on screen.

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Now that greg focker is 'in' with his soon-to-be-in-laws, jack and dina byrnes, it looks like smooth sailing for him and his fiance, pam. But that's before pam's parents meet greg's parents, bernie and roz focker. The hyper-relaxed fockers and the tightly-wound byrneses are woefully mismatched from the start.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40709774
UPC 025192582325
UPC 14 00025192582325
Format DVD
Release Date 8/23/2005
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name De Niro,Robert
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Directors
Name Jay Roach
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Cast & Crew
Barbara Streisand - Actor
Dustin Hoffman - Actor
James Herzfeld - Screenplay
John Schwartzman - Cinematographer
Jon Poll - Editor
Robert De Niro - Producer
Robert DeNiro - Actor
Rusty Smith - Production Designer
Awards
MTV Award (2005) Dustin Hoffman, Winner, Best Comedic Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Meet the Fockers, the 2004 follow-up, plays much like the original, but with less effective h
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy. The director, Jay
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
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Review I am not a fan of Meet the Parents, the 2000 film that introduced Ben Stiller to the joys of having an ex-CIA agent as a potential father-in-law. The movie is too much like a sit-com, although, as a counterbalance, it offers several big laughs. Meet the Fockers, the 2004 follow-up, plays much like the original, but with less effective humor. In the nearly two-hour running length, there are maybe five or six solid chuckles, resulting in a movie experience that is more tedious than entertaining. The problem lies in the screenplay (credited to John Hamburg and Jim Herzfeld, who also wrote installment #1), which latches on to the few clever and/or funny elements in the film and runs them into the ground via repetition...Perhaps the funniest moment in the film occurs when a toddler utters "ass...hole" as his first word. It's crude, but at least (as presented) it's funny. That's more than can be said for the little dog humping everything in sight or Streisand kneeling atop De Niro, giving him a massage. If there's one thing that's disappointing about Meet the Fockers, it's that there seems to be the potential for a laughter-generating material, but it's never explored. There are few things sadder than wasted potential, unless it's sitting through 115 minutes of mediocrity desperately searching for a few decent jokes.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review A crafty cat manages to flush a rat-sized dog down the toilet of an RV in "Meet the Fockers," a gag that literally sums up the pervasive below-the-belt humor in this fitfully funny but always crude sequel to the much more amusing "Meet the Parents." The gap between the first and second installments isn't as gaping as with, for instance, "Analyze This" and "Analyze That," but the laughs "Fockers" generates are the type you feel embarrassed about almost immediately afterward...Tenor of the humor closely matches the most vulgar moments of Jay Roach's third and presumably final "Austin Powers" entry; it's curious, in fact, how both Roach franchises have declined in virtually identical ways, only this time in one step rather than two...Hoffman, however, provides the film with its greatest energy source. Even more than in the recent "I Heart Huckabees," thesp gives the impression of being in a second adolescence, so frisky, mischievous and physically invigorated is his characterization. Almost continuously, Hoffman pushes beyond the expected with comic provocation that gives pic an extra spark...Streisand doesn't go that far but is a pleasure to watch in circumstances that make her appear more relaxed onscreen than she has in the more than 30 years since "What's Up, Doc?"
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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USA Today De Niro's deadpan, overbearing style again works like a charm. Stiller, as the comic foil, has some funny moments as well...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly The old-pro twosome of Streisand and Hoffman make such sexy and inviting ethnics...
Bill Diehl, ABC Radio The funniest movie of the year!
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times One of those relatively rare comedies that's at once puerile, charming and very funny throughout.
Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily Focking funny!

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