trusting these Fockers"
Even though they have been engaged for two years, Greg (Stiller)
and Pam (Polo) have managed to keep their parents from meeting but now that
the wedding was getting closer Pam's father Jack (De Niro) has insisted
that they finally get together. Wanting to see if his family circle of trust
can connect with Greg's family circle of trust, he has to make sure the
resulting chain does not develop a kink in it. So Greg, Pam, Jack and Dina
(Danner) head down to Florida to meet the Fockers (Hoffman and Streisand).
After the phenomenal success of 'Meet the Parents' we where
bound to see a sequel hit the silver screen but can we expect from this
Reuniting Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner
and director Jay Roach, the further adventures of Greg and the Byrnes family
move to Florida to meet Greg's parents Bernie and Roz Focker, played by
Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. The casting of Hoffman and especially
Streisand, who hasn't acted in a movie since 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'
in 1996, is inspired as both of them bring their exceptional acting talents
to this comedy.
If you like the first film, you are going to love the second
one as it is exactly on the same wavelength. Robert De Niro is on top comedic
form as ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes. The character is just as suspicious as
always, especially when he has to except new people into his circle of trust.
Ben Stiller's Greg is as neurotic as ever, fearing what Jack will think
of his very liberal parents. This is a role that Stiller always seems to
play and his character is probably the least developed of the cast. Teri
Polo has a bit more to do in this one now that she has to keep a secret
from her overprotective father. As with the original, Blythe Danner doesn't
really have a lot to do but she does have some funny moments.
Stealing the show from the returning cast is the performances
of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. Both gifted comedic actors, they
bring a welcome freshness to the proceedings. These two infinitely talented
performers make Bernie and Roz Focker exactly how you'd imagine a couple
that would call their son Gaylord.
While fans of the original will revel in the comedic exploits
of their favourite characters, others my find the humour a little too samey
and not as outrageous as the first film. There are plenty of moments that
will make you chuckle but nothing that will make you laugh out loud or have
you quoting to your friends. Many of the jokes are excessively repeated,
especially the use of the name 'Focker' and the scenes with Jack's grandson,
Little Jack, seem like they are just thrown in for a cute factor.
'Meet the Fockers' is a lighthearted romp that continues
at the same breezy pace as the first film. With good performances from a
star-studded cast and humour that amuses but never quite pushes the boundaries
of bad taste, this is a sequel that will have fans raving and leave a smile
on the face of everyone else.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, transfer is very good. The meeting of the Burns and Focker families
is crystal clear throughout and the sound track has a strong emphasis
on dialogue, as you would want with a comedy.
Feature Commentary with Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer
This informative, fun and chatty commentary has the director and editor
talking about the more technical aspects of the movie, as well as revealing
some behind the scenes gossip. The pair discuss most aspects of the film
production including working with the returning and new members of the
cast, the story, outlining what happened between the two movies, working
with babies and a getting permission to use the 'Focker' name in the title.
This is a decent commentary from two people who enjoyed making these movies.
Deleted Scenes (15.44 mins)
Twenty-one deleted or extended scenes that show more interaction between
Jack and Greg, more of Bernard and Jack's male posturing, extended police
stop scenes with the hilarious Tim Blake Nelson and a scene in which we
see Jorge's father. Some of these scenes are very good and could have
added to the comedic value of the film but without a commentary track
or introduction we don't know why they were removed.
Bloopers (11.04 mins)
A collection of gaffs and laughs at we witness Oscar winning actors Robert
De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand break out in fits of giggles
or get their lines completely wrong.
Inside the Litter Box: Behind-the-scenes with Jinx the Cat (4.03 mins)
Director Jay Roach, star Ben Stiller and the crew talk about the most
important member of the 'Meet the Fockers' cast, Jinx the Cat.
The Manary Gland (3.06 mins)
Director Jay Roach and prop master Eugene McCarthy talk about the design
of Jack's baby-feeding invention.
Focker Family Portrait (6.01 mins)
Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand and Ben Stiller talk about their characters,
the tone of the comedy and the onscreen relationship of the Focker family.
The Adventures of a Baby Wrangler (5.34 mins)
Baby wrangler Rhonda Sherman talks about working with the Pickren twins
who played Little Jack on 'Meet the Fockers'. She talks about working
closely with Robert De Niro and reveals how she got the babies to say
a certain word.
An interview with the Fockers (7.58 mins)
Ben Stiller, Barbara Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Blythe
Danner and Teri Polo talk about making 'Meet the Fockers'. Hoffman and
Streisand reveal how they became involved in the sequel and how they achieved
instant onscreen chemistry. The cast talk about the script, the baby scenes
and the dinner scene.
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer (1.41 mins)
Watch a preview of the excellent family movie starring Jim Carrey as Count
Universal/DreamWorks have done a good job with the DVD treatment of 'Meet
the Fockers'. The commentary track is good and the collection of deleted
scenes, bloopers and featurettes complement the film extremely well. The
absence of a commentary track or introduction for the deleted scenes is
frustrating but fans of the movie will be happy with this DVD.
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