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Talented cast is wasted as the movie is content with recycling jokes from its predecessor, Meet the Parents.
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This sequel's title indicates the content: smutty, silly and liable to make you smirk despite yourself.
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.
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.
[Hoffman and Streisand] make a wonderful team, but it's too bad the material isn't fresher and more worth their time and yours.
A vulgar farce that isn't remotely amusing.
Could have been much funnier than it is.
Every big comic setpiece plays like an idea for a comic setpiece rather than the finished article.
Although the ingredients are all there, set to rise, something is missing, some crucial element to lift it up.
Sequel to the mediocre Ben Stiller comedy "Meet The Parents" is a bawdier but inferior movie that relies on the star power of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as Stiller's Florida-dwelling Jewish hippie parents Bernie and Roz to fuel its ill-timed toi
A consistently entertaining, sometimes uproariously funny film.
Repeats itself and strains for laughs where the original giddily stumbled through them.
Milk bottles and related metaphors feature prominentlyas breast fetish stand-ins, but with a decidely peculiar asymmetrical preference for just the left one.
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
As the title suggests -- this ain't highbrow entertainment. Nevertheless, it's passable.
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
Lacked the tension of Meet the Parents. Tried to be feel-good but just felt flat.
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