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:: Meet The Fockers

Meet The Fockers takes us back into the lives Greg ‘Gaylord’ Focker (Ben Stiller) and his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), the perfect woman apart from her ex-CIA father. In the few years since we’ve seen them, the two have gotten engaged and Greg has finally cemented his place in ‘The Byrnes Family Circle of Trust’. Only one hurdle remains before the can set the wedding date- their parents have to meet.

The Byrnes’s set off in their new RV (the one with the Kevlar-reinforced hull), with their baby grandson and that cat, for a weekend at the Focker’s Miami home. Things seem to start off well, but we all know that can’t last.

For Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), this is a chance to study the Fockers and decide if they can enter the Circle of Trust. Since Greg told him that his father was a lawyer and his mother was a psychologist, Jack’s in for a shock. Bernie Focker (Dustin Hoffmann) is actually a stay-at-home dad and his wife Roz Focker (Barbra Streisand) is a sex therapist for senior citizens. Uptight Jack Byrnes has no idea what he’s just walked into.

The film brings together the original cast from Meet The Parents with some new additions. Dustin Hoffmann and Barbra Streisand give fantastic performances, appearing as Bernie and Roz Focker, Greg’s highly sexed, new-age parents. They add something new to the old “Meet The…” formula, which saves this film from the all too common ‘Curse of the Sequel’.

The filmmakers have been more confident in pushing the boundaries of reality and acceptability than they were in Meet the Parents and unlike many comedies, the previews for this one don’t give away the funniest bits. Greg’s babysitting experience is hilarious.

Meet the Fockers never claims to be highbrow and its name pretty much sums up the style of humour. It delivers the laughs at a good pace and is possibly even funnier than Meet The Parents, though is not as easy to identify with, because the limits are pushed so far. For those who like the first one, Meet the Fockers will not disappoint.