Meet the Fockers 2004 PG-13 CC

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Family bonding goes hysterically haywire when Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) introduces his free-spirited parents (Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman) to his stern father-in-law (Robert De Niro).

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro
Runtime:
1 hour 56 minutes

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Meet the Fockers

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Jay Roach
Starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro
Supporting actors Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Spencer Pickren, Bradley Pickren, Alanna Ubach, Ray Santiago, Tim Blake Nelson, Shelley Berman, Kali Rocha, Dorie Barton, Jack Plotnick, Wayne Thomas Yorke, B.J. Hansen, J.P. Manoux, Myra Turley
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very funny movie.
Sam -super golfer-
I know people that actually liked this film but these same people liked Garfield the movie as well so i wouldn't put too much credit on them to actually review a film.
S. Vecera
Dustin Hoffman was very funny as is Ben Stiller.
Earl Blasiman

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Sam on April 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I'm a big Barbra Streisand fan, but to be honest, even I lost patience with her last few movies. She seemed to play into this lofty image of herself as this sophisticate whom no man she meets can live without or is worthy. In The Prince of Tides, I thought that if she wasn't careful, Barbra the actress was going to do in Barbra the director. That was borne out in her last movie, The Mirror Has Two Faces. Happily, in her return to the screen here, she goes back to the kind of comedy that she does so well, that a lot of younger people have never seen. (Check out The Owl and the Pussycat and What's Up,Doc? kids.) Yes, some of them can't believe that they are enjoying her (it must be killing Mssrs Parker and Stone!), but Barbra hasn't been this loose and in over 30 years. And as if she isn't good enough, she works for the first time - at long last - with BOTH Hoffman and DeNiro! I will even committ an act or heresay and say that I think Hoffman stole the picture. However, his chemistry with Barbra is wonderful and a treat to watch. What the hell took so long?

The rest of the cast does fine, considering what they are working with. Yes, DeNiro has been slumming, but it is fun to see him and Babs have a couple of scenes along together, though one of my favorites was seeing Barbra reunited with Blyth Danner whom she directed in Prince of Tides, coaching her as a sex therapist!

OK, so maybe Babs, Dusty and Bob should have done something more topical and serious with Scorcese instead of this silly fluff with Jay Roach, but I'll bet it wouldn't be anywhere near as fun!
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Format: DVD
It shouldn't be too big a surprise that this movie is a fairly mediocre Hollywood confection, but I did have a whimper of a hope that this was going to be an edgier social commentary given the comedy potential of the situation. Alas, it would be too much to expect director Jay Roach to be in the same league as David O. Russell or Alexander Payne given that his track record is mostly made up of Austin Powers movies. I never saw the original Meet the Parents, so luckily I don't have that point of comparison, but one can easily fill in the blanks with this soft-centered sequel. Written by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg, the plot seems ready-made from an instant pudding mix. Having given permission to Gaylord Focker to marry their daughter Pam, the white-bread Byrnes family from Oyster Bay now prepares to meet their new in-laws in Florida (of course).

Simple enough, but the big surprise is that Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand (third and fourth-billed, no less) seem to be having such a great time playing Bernie and Roz Focker that you can almost overlook the script deficiencies. Each had auspicious film debuts over 35 years ago (he in The Graduate, she in Funny Girl), and they have known each other since their struggling New York days in the early sixties. That history is helpful in explaining their natural chemistry here, and you're left wondering why these two never worked together before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Wood on December 10, 2005
Format: DVD
This is not burst your gut comedy but it was amusing and Hoffman, Streisand and DeNiro definitely had great chemistry. Lots of suttle humour. The extra features included a tongue-in-cheek documentary of Jinx the cat. I was satisfied with the use of my entertainment dollars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bon Jovi fan on January 30, 2005
Seems to me that the extent to which "Meet the Fockers" is seeing such great box office success and popular acclaim is because of the all-star cast. An all-star cast can get you in the door, but the performances have to earn their pay. Since I saw this as a $5 discount matinee, I think they did. Granted, the movie is funny, and for my money, better than its predecessor, "Meet the Parents", but merely funny does not a blockbuster make. I'm not a Ben Stiller fan so maybe that's why I was underimpressed, and he doesn't do much for me here, either. DeNiro easily carries this flick for me, as he did in "Parents".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Luther Wolfgang Polaris on January 13, 2006
Format: DVD
TWO-HOUR SITUATION COMEDY AT ITS FINEST!

This is a terrific modern comedy with a classic theme. Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand brought added chemistry and welcome diversity which really helped this character-driven sit-com. Whereas "Meet The Parents" had numerous funny "gags" and a lot of comedic tension, "Meet The Fockers" takes embarrassment to a new level for Greg Focker. Although this movie is 115 minutes long, there is hardly a dull moment. I have already viewed this DVD about 15 times.

Yes, the film does resort to some cliched, overused themes, some of which are a bit vulgar and may even be offensive to some viewers. However, the enormous credibility that the all-star cast brings, and delivers, to this sprawling situation comedy, more than makes up for the predictable silliness, and occasionally irksome crudeness that sometimes gets tiresome.

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The sound and visual quality of this widescreen DVD is about what you would expect from a new big-budget release ... about perfect. It does contain quite a few features that I found interesting, but the extended version option was by the best of them. Although it does make the movie 150+ minutes, it adds some new insights into the characters and their motivations. One such extended scene depicts Greg with the father of the boy that Jack wrongfully believed was his Greg's son. Of course, Ben Stiller played the very odd, minor league baseball coach meeting Greg [himself]. Sure it's a cliche, but it was funny. There were also deleted scenes and bloopers. They were mostly okay, but some seemed contrived.
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