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By BILLY NORRIS
Published December 27, 2004
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MOVIE: Meet the Fockers
RATING: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference.
SUMMARY: Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has finally made it into the circle of trust of his fiancee's father, ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), which was no easy task. He and Pam (Teri Polo) have jumped all but one of the many hurdles leading to their marriage: Jack's approval of Greg's oddball parents, the Fockers. His eccentric stay-at-home dad, Bernie (Dustin Hoffman), and his sex therapist mom, Roz (Barbra Streisand), will be under Jack's analytical microscope, and if something doesn't smell right, the whole wedding could be called off.
MY VIEW: This film has been more than four years coming, and let me tell you - it is worth the wait! It is just as gut-bustingly funny, if not more so, than Meet the Parents. The addition of Hoffman and Streisand to the cast was a perfect move. The fairly simple plot provided a playground for character interactions and what sometimes seemed like improvised comedic moments. Sight gags and sarcasm run rampant here, and the young toddler character, Little Jack (played by twins Spencer and Bradley Pickren), is hilarious. The gags follow closely in the footsteps of the first film, and the new material, though solidly amusing, is basically a continuation of Meet the Parents. Nonetheless, Meet the Fockers is my kind of movie. With a cast like that, how can you possibly go wrong?
RECOMMENDATIONS: Heed the rating. If you're in the intended audience, you definitely want to meet the Fockers!
-- Billy Norris, 17, is in the 11th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times' X-Team.
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