115 Min | Comedy – Romance | December 2004
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner
Meet the Fockers Review: “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. 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.
In “Meet the Fockers”, Focker is the family name for Greg (Focker), Ben Stiller. The funniest Fockers, however, 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.
In “Meet the Fockers”, Greg is not too eager to reveal his parents’ true nature to his fiancee’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. So, go low, go loose – or don’t go at all – but if you like Ben Stiller, go see “Meet the Fockers”. Dustin’s antics will crack you up and you’ll enjoy Barbra back on the big screen after so long.