Meet The Fockers (2004)

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Meet The Fockers (2004)

All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

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Meet The Fockers (2004) Reviews

As a categorical rule, I avoid statements beginning “If you loved/liked (name of movie), you’ll love/like (name of another movie).” So let me put it this way. If you went to “Meet The Parents” (2000), you will probably find yourself going to “Meet the Fockers,” because having met one set of crazy parents, you are curious about the other set.Also, you may be the kind of person who finds it entertaining to mention that you are on your way to meet the Fockers. When the MPAA objected to the title, by the way, the filmmakers produced several real people who said they were Fockers, and proud of it.
The movie opens with Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) still in the embrace of their interminable courtship. In the original, Pam took Greg home to meet her parents, Jack and Dina (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner), and you will recall that Greg was a threat to Jack’s beloved cat, human ashes made an inappropriate appearance, a septic tank overflowed, and Jack the ex-CIA man gave Greg a lie detector test.Now it is time to drive down to Focker Isle in Florida, where live Father and Mom Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand). Roz is a successful sex therapist, author of books such as Meet Your Orgasm! Bernie was a lawyer until he took paternity leave to raise Greg and never went back to work.The Fockers had only the one child, Jack discovers. And with a memory so long that I hope audiences can also recall the funniest moment in the first movie, he accuses Greg: “I thought you had a sister. You said you milked your sister’s cat.”Hoffman and Streisand are such positive thinkers, so quick to hug and approve and embrace (and meet their orgasms) that it’s amazing they produced such an uptight child as Greg. The household is so open-minded, there’s a breeze. Consider, for example, Roz Focker’s collection of erotic wood carvings of small ethnic people sporting enormous phalli. Jack scowls at such displays, and doesn’t want to take his shirt off when Roz offers him a massage.

The massage scene, sad to say, doesn’t really pay off. Its only point is that Roz works him over so thoroughly that he’s stiff and sore afterward. There must have been some comic way, I think, for Jack to meet his orgasm, or at least give it a friendly wave.

There is a tradition at dinners in these families that something unappetizing makes its appearance at the table, but Greg’s childhood souvenir is so very unappetizing that, I dunno, I cringed instead of laughing. To the cat of the first movie we now add the Focker’s sex-mad dog which, like a curious number of dogs, has a pants-leg fetish, proving Darwin was right because dogs have existed so much longer than pants.

The cat is not only toilet trained but knows how to flush, leading to another septic joke. And Greg calls on his old CIA buddies to investigate suspicions he has involving his future son-in-law and the family’s former maid, the buxom Isabel.

The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy. The director, Jay Roach, who made “Meet the Parents” and the “Austin Powers” movies, has some funny stuff, including Father Focker’s proud display of all of his son’s trophies (“I didn’t know they made ninth-place ribbons,” Jack muses).There’s some wordplay involving the Byrnes family Circle of Trust and who is in it, who is outside it, and whose circle it is. Streisand and Hoffman create characters who are, under the circumstances, not only likable but actually sort of believable. Yet even if you loved “Meet the Parents,” you will only sorta kinda like “Meet the Fockers.”
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Meet the Fockers (2004)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and brief drug reference

115 minutes


Teri Polo as Pam Byrnes

Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes

Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes

Dustin Hoffman as Bernie Focker

Ben Stiller as Greg Focker

Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker

Owen Wilson as Kevin Rawley

Written by

  • Jim Herzfeld
  • John Hamburg

Directed by

  • Jay Roach


Meet The Fockers (2004) Plot

Two years after the events of the first film, Gaylord “Greg” Focker and his fiancée Pam Byrnes decide to introduce their parents to each other. They first fly to Oyster Bay, New York, to pick up Pam’s father, retired CIA operative Jack Byrnes, her mother Dina, and Pam’s infant nephew, Jack “Little Jack” Banks. Rather than going to the airport as planned, Jack decides to drive the family to Miami to meet Greg’s parents in his new RV.

Once Greg, Pam, and Pam’s parents arrive in Miami, they are greeted by Greg’s eccentric but fun-loving and amiable father, Bernie Focker, a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-dad, and Greg’s mother, Roz, who is a sex therapist for elderly couples. While Dina bonds with the Fockers, small cracks begin to form between Jack and the Fockers, due to their contrasting personalities.

The gathering gets off to a bad start when a chase between the Fockers’ dog, Moses, and the Byrneses’ cat, Jinx, culminates with Jinx flushing Moses down the RV’s toilet, forcing Bernie to destroy it to save Moses. Later, Bernie accidentally injures Jack’s back during a game of touch football.

Pam informs Greg that she is pregnant, and the two decide to keep it a secret until they are married. Jack again becomes suspicious of Greg’s character when they are introduced to the Fockers’ former housekeeper, Isabel Villalobos. Bernie reveals that Greg lost his virginity to Isabel 15 years earlier. Isabel’s 15-year-old son Jorge, who has never met his father and bears a striking resemblance to Greg, catches the attention of Jack. Meanwhile, Roz, Bernie and Dina realize Pam is pregnant, but promise not to tell Jack.

Greg is left alone to babysit Little Jack, whom Jack has been raising via the Ferber method. Despite Jack’s strict instructions to leave Little Jack to self-soothe, Greg is unable to stand listening to Little Jack’s cries and attempts to cheer him up by hugging him and acting humorously, but inadvertently teaches him the word “asshole”.

Greg answers a brief phone call from Roz, and Little Jack is let out of the playpen by Jinx and he glues his hands to a bottle of rum. Jack resumes his spying on Greg and sends Greg and Jorge’s hair samples for a DNA test, while inviting Jorge to Greg and Pam’s engagement party in hopes of getting Greg to admit he is Jorge’s father.

At the engagement party, Jack, who assumes that Greg knows about Jorge and has deliberately been keeping him a secret from Pam, introduces him to Jorge. Later, when Greg denies knowing anything about Jorge, Jack still refuses to believe him and drugs him with a shot of truth serum. While giving a toast, Greg uncontrollably blurts out that Pam is pregnant and that Jorge is his son before immediately losing consciousness.

The next morning, Pam questions Greg about Jorge, and Greg promises that he knew nothing about him before the previous evening. Pam believes him, and is willing to work things out with him. Jack has reached his breaking point and demands that Pam and Dina leave with him. Dina refuses and reveals to everyone that Jack had drugged Greg. Everyone turns against Jack and inform him that they were all aware of Pam’s pregnancy. A shocked and hurt Jack leaves with his grandson.

Bernie and Greg pursue Jack, but are tasered and arrested by Officer Vern LeFlore for speeding and refusing to remain in Bernie’s car when pulled over. Meanwhile, Jack receives the results of the DNA test that determines Jorge’s father is really a baseball player who also resembles Greg. When Jack sees Bernie and Greg being pulled over, he attempts to defend them, but LeFlore tasers and arrests him as well.

In their cell, Greg, Jack, and Bernie are released by Judge Ira, a client of Roz. Before they leave, Greg asks that Jack and Bernie stop their feud. Jack admits that he made a mistake regarding Jorge and reveals his past career in the CIA to Bernie before apologizing for his actions. Greg and Pam are married that weekend by Pam’s former fiancé, Kevin, who is now an ordained interfaith minister.

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Meet The Fockers (2004) Box office

The film was a commercial success and is currently the second highest-grossing film starring Robert De Niro. The film grossed $46,120,980 on its opening weekend in North America (5,000 screens at 3,518 theaters, averaging $13,110 per theater, or $9,224 per screen).

By the end of the film’s 149 days of release, it had grossed a total of $279,261,160 in North America, and $243,396,776 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $522,657,936, with an estimated 44 million tickets sold in the US. The film’s budget was $80 million.


Meet The Fockers (2004) Critical response

Rotten Tomatoes reported that 38% of 164 sampled critics gave Meet the Fockers positive reviews, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The site’s consensus is “Talented cast is wasted as the movie is content with recycling jokes from its predecessor, Meet the Parents.”

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 with reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 41 based on 34 reviews, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[3] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average rating of “B+” on an A+ to F scale.


Meet The Fockers (2004) Accolades

  • 2005: Casting Society Of America, USA: Nominated for Best Feature Film Casting: Comedy.
  • 2005: Teen Choice Awards: Nominated for Choice Movie: BlushChoice Movie Actor: ComedyChoice Movie Actor: ComedyChoice Movie: Liar.
  • 2005: MTV Movie Awards Won: Best Comedic Performance.
  • 2005: ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: Won Top Box Office Films.
  • 2005: MTV Movie Awards in Mexico: Nominated for Best International Movie.


Meet The Fockers (2004) Movie Info

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, the Fockers. 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. This all adds up to a disastrously funny time of getting to know you.

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