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The MPAA would not allow the name 'Focker' unless the film makers could find an actual person with that surname.
Christopher Walken was the second choice for Jack Byrnes.
At one time Jim Carrey was slated to star as the lead and even contributed jokes to the screenplay, such as the main character being named 'Focker'.
According to the DVD commentary, the car chase scene was originally meant to be a spoof of Ronin (1998). When the filmmakers go to the location, they saw how quickly the lights changed, realized it would be a funnier joke, and rewrote the scene (the lights really do change from green to red as fast as they are shown in the movie).
Jack's Thai is extremely poor and he is constantly repeating the word "What?" making it seem like it's a longer conversation than it is. Thais applaud Robert De Niro's effort however.
According to Teri Polo, in the scene where she and Ben Stiller are making out on her bed and he fondles her breast, she stuffed cookies into her bra as a gag.
Anthony Hopkins was considered for the role of Jack Byrnes.
This is the only film in the series in which Pam's sister, Deborah Byrnes, appears onscreen, though frequently mentioned in all of the films. Nicole DeHuff, the actress who played her, died in 2005.
Greg's MCAT scores are (out of 15): 14 Verbal reasoning, 13 Physical Sciences, 15 Biological Sciences, and an R on the Writing Sample (very high).
Jack's knowledge of the NATO standard phonetic alphabet (Foxtrot, Oscar, Charlie, Kilo, Echo, Romeo, aka Focker) is all accurate.
The home video footage of Teri Polo during the opening credits was filmed by her ex-husband Anthony Moore.
Julia Stiles auditioned for the part of Pam, but dropped out due to filming 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
Writer Jerry Stahl, whom Ben Stiller portrayed in Permanent Midnight (1998), co-wrote the "cat milking" scene.
John Hamburg, Ben Stiller's preferred screenwriter, did an uncredited rewrite during production.
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor did an uncredited last script draft before shooting.
The Victor Talbot's tuxedo store in the film is located in Greenvale, New York.
Mr. Jinks the cat was played by Mishka.
James Rebhorn and Thomas McCarthy both appeared in two espionage thrillers of 2009 that starred Clive Owen. Rebhorn in The International (2009). McCarthy in Duplicity (2009).
The burglary alarm system at Jack's house is of a Magnum Alert MA1000e type.
Westchester County Regional Airport in New York State was used to portray O'Hare and LaGuardia.
The scenes at the "Surf and Turf" restaurant were filmed at a Port Washington, NY restaurant called "Louie's". The car racing scenes between Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro were also filmed in downtown Port Washington. Also, the scene where Stiller and De Niro go shopping is in Port Washington at Salem Drugs.


Spencer Breslin:  one of Pam's students

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