Meet the Fockers () - IMDb
Does his son-in-law, the male nurse Greg Focker, have what it takes? All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. . tension up, but at some point you can't keep milking the same goat, or cow, or cat. Meet the Parents () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more his taking the 'M Cats' test to anything else that they feel like saying to him, or about him. When the Family first meet Focker in their house and are talking about cat toilet training, Jack mentions that Mr Jinks could not lift the toilet seat since his.
The only low gag they missed was not having the Thai honeymoon destination being Phuket!
This was a film that intermittently promised to develop into something good De Niro's poem to his dead mother for instanceand the cast did their best with thin material. In the end though it couldn't build on it's few bright spots - it could have been much, much better with a bit more effort.
Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Co-writers Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke, along with director Jay Roach, have managed to make a film that is often laugh-out-loud hilarious without ever becoming overbearing or obnoxious, the style of choice for far too many other comedies made in this day and age.
Although the film overflows with madcap situations and even outright slapstick at times, these comic elements are always tethered to the reality of the premise and to the emotional states of the characters involved.
Meet the Fockers () - Goofs - IMDb
The foundation for any great comedy must, first and foremost, be its ability to connect with its audience on a personal level. The comedy arises from seeing the chain of ever more preposterous events and circumstances that come along to sabotage his efforts.
Greg is a goodhearted, well-meaning nebbish who wants nothing more out of life than to marry Pam, the girl he loves.
First, however, he must climb over the rather formidable barrier of her eccentric father, Jack Byrnes, played to perfection by Robert De Niro, who certainly has his own offbeat way of looking at the world.
The triumph of this film is that it never overdoes anything.
The people in Pam's family and in their coterie of friends are all twisted it's true, but twisted in sly, subtle ways that knock both Greg and us slightly off our balance.
Like Greg, we never quite know where these people are coming from and this greatly enhances the comedic quality of the film. Tone is everything in comedy and here the tone is just right.
Byrnes can seem at one moment to be a reasonable loving father, then turn immediately around and make the most unbalanced comments about the most trivial matters. Even when the movie is at its most outrageous in terms of plot complications and slapstick, it never veers off the scale into incredibility.
Part of the reason is that we feel so much empathy for Greg, the best Everyman character I have seen in a movie in a long time. Ben Stiller gives a beautifully understated comic performance in the main role.
Roach aims for classic scenarios of families colliding that have surprisingly serious subtexts and in the real world, these kinds of situations do have an attendant humor, at least when we're not right in the midst of them.
Every family tends to have its own customs and norms, its own take on ethics, etiquette, politics, religion and so on. Naturally, when we try to merge families through marriages, uncomfortable, often embarrassing, and frequently tense situations abound. Aside from the humor, this is the crux of Meet the Fockers.
Another important subtext that occurs in various guises through the film and for which the potential was there in Meet the Parents even if it wasn't capitalized on in quite the same way is opening up to "free", honest expression of one's thoughts, feelings and desires versus showing a "proper" public face.
This is particularly amusing and poignant in the case of Jack, whose job involved obtaining honest expression, but who is the strongest case of putting on a false public face--to an extent that he's bought into the persona himself. In a way, Roach and crew are suggesting that if we can really reach that ideal self-expression, maybe those family mergers, and even other kinds of cultural encounters such as the Fockers' run-in with the police could proceed more smoothly.
So it's not so important whether Meet the Fockers is as funny as Meet the Parents. Roach isn't just trying to make you laugh, even though he does so frequently. Despite all the comments in others' reviews about sex-oriented humor how could you not expect that in a film with a title like this?
That means that you're not going to laugh out loud, with tears streaming down your face, as often as you're going to be sitting there with a big smile on your face watching scenarios such as Bernie trying, and mostly succeeding, to hold on to his hippie ideals no matter what the short term costs. This is more a humor of slightly exaggerated but realistic folly, played fabulously by a stellar cast.