2004 Holiday Movie Reviews
Reviews of Meet the Fockers
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Vintage Humor

You won't walk out of the theater any smarter than when you walked in, but you'll have fun.

In this sequel to MEET THE PARENTS, the WASP parents of Gaylord "Greg" Focker's fiance visit Focker's Jewish folks. And the "fish out of water" humor begins as the fiances intensely anal former CIA father comes face to face with an entirely different way of life. While all ends in a predictably happy ending, it's the bumps along the rocky road to matrimony that make this film an entertaining show.

By the way, I had no idea Barbra Streisand was in such great shape, and when was the last time you saw her in a lousy movie? Exactly. This is a well honed and well executed funny sequel. And it's way better than CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS.

However, the potty jokes get a little old, and they keep popping up throughout the entire film. So if you hate that kind of humor, it's not going away in the first ten.

Of all the attributes of this comedy, I'd say the best part was seeing all the terrific actors seem so real. Except for excessive mugging on DeNiro's part, Hoffman, Streisand, Stiller, Blythe Danner, and the fiance (yes, I can't remember her name), all seemed amazingly like real people despite the zany situations.

Reviewer: Caliann Lum of Minneapolis, MN (December 29, 2004)
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