Meet the Fockers
|Meet the Fockers|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jay Roach|
|Produced by||Jane Rosenthal|
Robert De Niro
|Screenplay by||Jim Herzfeld|
|Story by||Jim Herzfeld|
by Greg Glienna
Mary Ruth Clarke
|Starring||Robert De Niro|
|Music by||Randy Newman|
|Edited by||Jon Poll|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures (North America)|
DreamWorks Pictures (International)
|Box office||$522.7 million|
Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro (who was also one of the film's producers), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo. It was followed by a sequel, Little Fockers, in 2010.
Two years after the events of the first film, Gaylord "Greg" Focker and his fiancée Pam Byrnes decide to introduce their parents to each other. They first fly to Oyster Bay, New York, to pick up Pam's father, retired CIA operative Jack Byrnes, her mother Dina and one-year-old nephew Little Jack. Rather than going to the airport as planned, Jack decides to drive the family to Miami to meet Greg's parents in his new RV.
Once Greg, Pam, and the Byrneses arrive in Miami, they are greeted by Greg's eccentric but fun-loving and amiable father, Bernie Focker, a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-dad, and Greg's mother, Roz, who is a sex therapist for elderly couples. Concerned that Jack might be put off by the Fockers' lifestyle, Greg convinces his mother to pretend that she is a yoga instructor for the weekend. However, small cracks begin to form between Jack and the Fockers, due to their contrasting personalities. The meet gets off to a bad start when a chase between the Fockers' dog, Moses, and the Byrneses' cat, Jinx, culminates with Jinx flushing Moses down the RV's toilet, forcing Bernie to destroy it to save Moses. Later, Bernie accidentally injures Jack's back during a game of touch football.
Pam informs Greg that she is pregnant, and the two decide to keep it a secret until they are married. Jack again becomes suspicious of Greg's character when they are introduced to the Fockers' housekeeper, Isabel Villalobos. Bernie reveals that Greg lost his virginity to Isabel 15 years earlier. Isabel's 15-year-old son Jorge, who has never met his father and bears a striking resemblance to Greg, catches the attention of Jack. Meanwhile, Roz, Bernie and Dina realize Pam is pregnant, but promise not to tell Jack.
Greg is left alone to babysit Little Jack, whom Jack has been raising via the Ferber method. Despite Jack's strict instructions to leave Little Jack to self-soothe, Greg is unable to stand listening to Little Jack's cries and attempts to cheer him up by hugging him and acting humorously, but inadvertently teaches him the word "asshole". Greg answers a brief phone call from Roz, and Little Jack is let out of the playpen by Jinx and he glues his hands to a bottle of rum. Jack resumes his spying on Greg and sends Greg and Jorge's hair samples for a DNA test, while inviting Jorge to Greg and Pam's engagement party in hopes of getting Greg to admit he is Jorge's father. At the engagement party, Jack, who assumes that Greg knows about Jorge and has deliberately been keeping him a secret from Pam, introduces him to Jorge. Later, when Greg denies knowing anything about Jorge, Jack still refuses to believe him and drugs him with a shot of truth serum. While giving a toast on stage, Greg uncontrollably blurts out that Pam is pregnant and that Jorge is his son before immediately losing consciousness.
The next morning, Pam questions Greg about Jorge, and Greg promises that he knew nothing about him before the previous evening. Pam believes him, and is willing to work things out with him. Jack has reached his breaking point and demands that Pam and Dina leave with him. Dina refuses and reveals to everyone that Jack had drugged Greg. Everyone turns against Jack and inform him that they were all aware of Pam's pregnancy. A shocked and hurt Jack leaves with his grandson.
Bernie and Greg pursue Jack, but are tasered and arrested by Officer Le Flore for speeding and refusing to remain in their car when pulled over. Meanwhile, Jack receives the results of the DNA test that determines Greg is not Jorge's father. When Jack sees Bernie and Greg being pulled over, he attempts to defend them, but Le Flore tasers and arrests him as well. In their cell, Greg, Jack, and Bernie are released by Judge Ira, a client of Roz. Before they leave, Greg asks that Jack and Bernie stop their feud. Jack admits that he made a mistake regarding Jorge and reveals his past career in the CIA to Bernie before apologizing for his actions. Greg and Pam are married that weekend by Pam's ex-fiancé, Kevin, who is now an ordained interfaith minister.
- Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes
- Ben Stiller as Greg Focker
- Dustin Hoffman as Bernie Focker
- Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker
- Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes
- Teri Polo as Pam Byrnes
- Owen Wilson as Kevin Rawley
- Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren as Little Jack
- Alanna Ubach as Isabel Villalobos
- Ray Santiago as Jorge Villalobos
- Tim Blake Nelson as Officer Le Flore
- Shelley Berman as Judge Ira
- Cedric Yarbrough as Prison Guard
Rotten Tomatoes reported that 39% of 162 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site's consensus is "Talented cast is wasted as the movie is content with recycling jokes from its predecessor, Meet the Parents." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 with reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 41 based on 34 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The film was a commercial success and is currently the second highest-grossing film starring Robert De Niro. The film grossed $46,120,980 on its opening weekend in North America (5,000 screens at 3,518 theaters, averaging $13,110 per theater, or $9,224 per screen). At the end of the film's 149 days of release, it grossed a total of $279,261,160 in North America, and $237,381,779 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $516,642,939, with an estimated 44 million tickets sold in the US. The film's budget was $80 million.
Awards and nominations
- 2005: Casting Society Of America, USA: Nominated for Best Feature Film Casting: Comedy.
- 2005: Teen Choice Awards: Nominated for Choice Movie: Blush, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie: Liar.
- 2005: MTV Movie Awards Won: Best Comedic Performance.
- 2005: ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: Won Top Box Office Films.
- 2005: MTV Movie Awards in Mexico: Nominated for Best International Movie.
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