Meet the Fockers (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Talented cast is wasted as the movie is content with recycling jokes from its predecessor, Meet the Parents.

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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 fiancée, 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, and no matter how hard Greg and Pam try, there is just no bringing their families together.
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PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Robert De Niro
as Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller
as Greg Focker
Dustin Hoffman
as Bernie Focker
Barbra Streisand
as Roz Focker
Blythe Danner
as Dina Byrnes
Teri Polo
as Pam Byrnes
Tim Blake Nelson
as Officer Le Flore
Alanna Ubach
as Isabel
Ray Santiago
as Jorge Villalobos
Owen Wilson
as Kevin Rawley
Shelley Berman
as Judge Ira
Spencer Pickren
as Little Jack
Bradley Pickren
as Little Jack
Max Huffman
as Woody Focker
Kali Rocha
as Flight Attendant
Myra Turley
as Admitting Nurse
Angelo Tiffe
as Businessman
Wayne Thomas York
as Airport Security Guard
Benjamin Trueblood
as Newborn Baby
David Sutton
as Wedding Band Member
Rock Deadrick
as Wedding Band Member
Cedric Yarbrough
as Prison Guard
Jack Plotnick
as Rent-a-Car Agent
J.P. Manoux
as Local Cop
Angelo Tifee
as Businessman
Bruno Coon
as Strolling Minstrel/Band Member
Kyle T. McNamee
as Undercover Waiter
Dorie Barton
as Airline Clerk
Vahe Bejan
as Immigrant Man
Kathleen Gati
as Immigrant Woman
Tiffany Turner
as Girl on Bus
Linda O'Neil
as Girl on Bus
Bernadette Perez
as Girl on Bus
Max Hoffman
as Woody Focker
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Critic Reviews for Meet the Fockers

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (42)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This sequel's title indicates the content: smutty, silly and liable to make you smirk despite yourself.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Meet The Fockers has assembled a historic, once-in-a-lifetime cast, then stranded them in the laziest, most mercenary kind of sequel imaginable. It's like the 1927 Yankees taking on the Special Olympics softball team.

Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Very often vulgar and tasteless, and though there are some unexpected bursts of humor and even charm in the proceedings, it's light years away from Chekhov.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

[Hoffman and Streisand] make a wonderful team, but it's too bad the material isn't fresher and more worth their time and yours.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
CNN.com
Top Critic

A vulgar farce that isn't remotely amusing.

January 13, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Meet the Fockers

Meet the Fockers" sounds like "Meet the f-u-u-...". Oops! Can't say that because of FCC guidelines. Just the same, the title pretty much describes the level of the humor in this Ben Stiller comedy. But that's redundant because it IS a Ben Stiller movie. Clearly my expectations for this movie were not high and, maybe because of that, I found "Meet the Fockers" quite funny. Don't get me wrong. This is not a movie for everyone. First off, the writers did not miss a single opportunity to play off of the name "Focker". It's silly and gets a little old but it somehow works with the other repetitious low-down gags. Focker is the family name for Greg (Focker), Ben Stiller. The funniest Fockers, however, (now I'm doing it) are Greg's parents Bernie and Roz, a loose and liberal Florida hippy couple still living in the last century and enjoying every minute of it. Dustin Hoffman, as Bernie displays a previously unrevealed talent for over the top comedy. Fitting perfectly with Hoffman's Bernie, is Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker, reminiscent of the "zaftig" Lainie Kazan. Bernie is a yesteryear lawyer who has not practiced since who knows when. Roz is the main breadwinner from her business as a sex therapist to the elderly. Greg is not too eager to reveal his parents' true nature to his fiancée's parents as they all come to visit to get to know one another better. Teri Polo nicely plays Greg's fiancée Pam. Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner play her stiff and straight parents, Jack and Dina Byrnes. Oh - also add in some baby low-brow by Spencer and Bradley Pickeren, two adorable twins playing Little Jack/. 2 stars 9-27-07

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

As the title suggests -- this ain't highbrow entertainment. Nevertheless, it's passable.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Jay Roach's sequel to the hit "Meet the Parents" presents more visible laughter than the predecessor. With the chemistry cemented by DeNiro, Stiller and their new co-stars (Hoffman & Streisand) "Fockers" is a predictable story with unpredictable comedy. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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