Meet the Parents found such tremendous success in the chemistry produced by the contrasting personalities of stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller that the films creators went for broke with the same formula again in Meet the Fockers. This time around, Jack and Dina Byrnes (De Niro and Blythe Danner) climb into Jacks new kevlar-lined RV with daughter Pam (Teri Polo), soon-to-be son-in-law Gaylord (Stiller), and Jacks infant grandson from his other daughter for the trip to Florida to meet Gaylords parents, Bernie and Roz Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand in a casting coup). The potential in-laws are, of course, the opposite of Jack, a pair of randy, touchy-feely fun-lovers. The rest of the movie is pretty much a sitcom: put Bernie and Roz together with Jack, and watch the in-laws clash as Gaylord squirms. As with the original, there is a sense of joy in watching these actors take on their roles with obvious relish, and the Hoffman-Streisand-Stiller triumvirate is likeable enough to draw you in. But the formula doesnt work as well in Fockers mostly because much of the humor is based on two obvious gimmicks: Gaylord Fockers name, and the fact that Streisands character is a sex therapist. As a result, the movie itself is more contrived and predictable, and a lot less fun than the original. The casting is grand, but one wishes more thought was put into the script.--Dan Vancini, Amazon.com
Greg Focker hat sich mit Mühe die verhaltene Akzeptanz seines künftigen Schwiegervaters Jack Byrnes erkämpft. Nun hofft er, dass seine Eltern beim ersten Zusammentreffen mit den Byrne's einen guten Eindruck machen. Als Ex-CIA-Agent Byrnes bei den Fockers eintrifft, zeigen sich krasse Kontraste zwischen den Familien.