Saturday, December 25, 2004

Meet the Fockers

Okay, we've all been waiting for the sequel to Meet the Parents with Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. It was a packed house on Christmas eve and there were only 20 times the whole crowd laughed. I was in a good mood except for the beer battered old guy who sat next to me and smelled awful and had an equally awful laugh.

Anyway, Gaylord Focker's parents are Barbara Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. They're an overly affectionate and open couple who embarass Stiller in front of DeNiro. Uptight DeNiro still feels as though Stiller isn't the right man for his daughter and goes into CIA mode for some expected laughs. This movie seemed way to staged and hoped for too much. Streisand and Hoffman seemed natural yet overly quirky but were much better than the other players. The baby stole the show though. You'll know why I said that when you watch.

I think too much was trying to go on in this movie that it detracted from the real comedy about the nervousness of getting married and having your parents meet each other. I feel about this movie like I did about Bridget Jones, the Edge of Reason-the elements that made the first films so classic are just strained when made into a continuing movie, though this one did better than Bridget Jones.

High expectations, don't have them for this movie and maybe you'll enjoy it more. Easy time passer but I'd wait for pay per view or video.

Worth the money rating: $$$

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