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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Movie: Meet the Fockers

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 4:00 AM

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Our Rating: 3.00

Take the best parts of Look Who's Talking, The Birdcage, About Schmidt and Grumpy Old Men and you get an idea of the kitschy cuteness that's drawing the masses to this sequel to Meet the Parents (2000). Also directed by Jay Roach, Meet the Fockers finds its success in the actors who rise above the low-aiming plot: the returning and excellent Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo and Blythe Danner are added to new faces Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Hoffman and Streisand, in particular, look Miami tan and happy-go-lucky in their roles as the Fockers, Stiller's doting, free-spirited Jewish parents who are eager to win over their stuffy soon-to-be in-laws. Typical or not, the comedy setups fly one after the other: the leg-humping lapdog, the exploding portable potty, old people gettin' it on, breastfeeding mishaps galore and a foreskin in the soup. As juvenile as the jokes may be, it's not a movie for kids. The baby on board's favorite word is "asshole" and when he wants milk (or sees big boobs) he mimes the milking motion. This is silliness that's good for a video replay on a rainy day.

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