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Movie Mania # 16…Meet the Fockers

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“I don’t think this wedding is such a good idea, to say the least, I don’t like what I am seeing from these Fockers.” Hello and welcome back to “Movie Mania”, exclusive to the awesome Pop Culture Network. Today I am going to be taking a look at Meet the Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents. Although it may have seemed impossible for anything else to go wrong for Greg Focker, it turned out that the worst was still in front of him. I am really glad that they decided to continue on with the story and make a sequel, although there are a few elements of the movie that I am not that crazy about. Keep reading to learn more.

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Meet the Fockers was released in 2004 by Universal Studios. Jay Roach returned to direct the sequel and the infamous main cast members from the first movie also returned. This time, they were joined by two more legendary actors, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman.

The film once again revolves around Gaylord “Greg” Focker’s relationship with his now soon to be father-in-law, Jack Byrnes. In the time span between the movies, it is revealed that Greg and Jack have been getting along better and that they have come to terms with each other’s differences, aided by the fact that they live in different cities and only see each other once in a while. This delicate relationship comes to a crashing halt when Greg has to introduce Jack and Dina to his parents in Florida. As soon as Greg and Pam arrive at Jack and Dina’s house, everything begins to go wrong for Greg, starting with the fact that Jack does not want to fly down to Florida but instead wants to drive in his impressive RV. Also, Jack decides to bring his baby grandson, Little Jack, on the trip as well. Little Jack is the son of Debbie and Bob from the first film and Jack is extremely protective of him. After a long and chaotic drive down to Florida, the Byrnes meet Bernard “Bernie” Focker and Rosalind “Roz” Focker. Greg always told Jack that Bernie was a lawyer and that Roz was a doctor, which was not technically a lie. What he did leave out was the fact that Bernie retired to become a “stay at home” father for Greg and that Roz is a sex doctor for senior citizens, all of which old fashioned Jack would have a big problem.


Eventually things completely blow up for Greg. First Pam reveals that she is pregnant, and then Jack suspects that Greg had a child 15 years prior with the Focker’s former housekeeper Isabel. There are a ton of mishaps, there are football accidents, and there are a lot embarrassing revelations. All along the way, Bernie and Roz try to “Fockerize” the Byrnes and break them from their old fashioned way of life in favor of a new and exciting one. They think that the way Jack is raising his grandson is ridiculous and they think that it is ridiculous to hide the fact that Pam is pregnant from Jack. Eventually Jack finds out that Pam is pregnant and he wants to leave the Focker home and return to New York. After a confrontation by the rest of the group, both Byrnes and Fockers alike, Jack learns that they all knew Pam was pregnant and decides to leave. As he is driving, his secret service contact calls him and reveals that Greg did not have a son with Isabel. This mistake along with what everyone had been telling him throughout the weekend makes Jack turn back to set things right. But once again, misfortune strikes. On his way back he passes Bernie and Greg being arrested for speeding in an attempt to catch up to him. The three of them wind up being tossed in jail but in there they all come to an agreement. Ultimately, they all come to terms with each other and agree that they are family and it is decided that Greg and Pam will get married that weekend. The final scenes of the movie are Pam and Greg’s wedding and reception, which is comically conducted by Pam’s ex-fiancée Kevin. Also, Jack and Dina become intimate again, after a little help from Roz. And Jack gives Bernie a big hug and kiss at the end of the movie saying, “We’re family now.” Bernie turns to Roz and says, “We Fockerized him” and she replies, “Sure did.”

Overall, I think they did a really good job with this sequel. It managed to keep the humor of the first movie and the characters are great. I think that Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman were excellent choices for the Fockers and they delivered great and hilarious performances. I also really like the fact that the Fockers are polar opposite people from the Byrnes and that they, unlike Greg, are not afraid of Jack but instead try to fix him. There are some scenes where things become a little too silly, most of which involve Little Jack and I think that they should have toned those scenes and that character down a little bit as they were unnecessary. That is not to say that I don’t like the Little Jack character, in fact some of his scenes are really funny but I think that they went a little too far and too silly with some aspects of him. This is probably one of the strongest comedy sequels that I have ever seen and although critics were hard on it, it was a large scale box office success.

Cast of Characters

Robert De Niro- Jack Byrnes

Ben Stiller- Gaylord “Greg” Focker

Barbra Streisand- Roz Focker

Dustin Hoffman- Bernie Focker

Teri Polo- Pam Byrnes

Blythe Danner- Dina Byrnes

Spencer and Bradley Pickren- Little Jack

Alanna Ubach- Isabel

Ray Santiago- Jorge

Tim Blake Nelson- Officer

Shelley Berman- Judge Ira

& Owen Wilson as Kevin

That will do it for this “Movie Mania” article. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me at Nick@PopCultureNetwork.com. Also, be sure to check out our free forums at www.jointheforums.com and our store at www.shoppcn.com. Thank you for reading.

I’ll catch you guys next time!

-Nick Federico


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